When Zayn Malik unexpectedly announced on 25 March 2015 that 'after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band' the shockwaves were felt around the world. When One Direction first formed on The X Factor in 2010, few could have expected the furore Zayn's statement would cause just a few years later. Coming from a typical Bradford family, there was little to suggest that Zayn Malik was destined to become one of the world's biggest stars. But despite the setback of finishing third on The X Factor, the boys signed a GBP2 million contract and never looked back, bringing out number one single after number one single and gaining legions of devoted fans from all over the world. Known as being one of the most mischievous members of One Direction, Zayn appeared to have settled down when he proposed to Little Mix star Perrie Edwards, becoming one of the most followed couples ever. But after a tumultuous few days, with tabloid allegations rocking their sturdy relationship, it appeared Zayn had to make a choice: the band that he loved or the love of his life.But, at the tender age of twenty-two, there is no suggestion that Zayn's career is anywhere near over - just days after announcing the split, he was back in the recording studio with Naughty Boy, working on potential material for a new solo career. Zayn: A New Direction provides an in-depth exploration into the world of Zayn Malik, from boyhood in Bradford, to his incredible time with 1D and what the next step will be for Zayn as well as the rest of One Direction.