Former One Direction member, Zayn Malik, thanked his former band mates, in a heartfelt speech he gave in London on Friday. The 2015 Asian Awards ceremony was the first time Malik appeared in public, after he left One Direction about 20 day ago.


With a completely new look, rocking a shaved hairstyle and a ring in his nose, Malik was awarded with the Outstanding Achievement in Music Award, being held for the 5th time in London. Malik’s father is half Pakistani, and his mother is British, so he qualified for the Asian award.

He teasingly thanked his mother and father for making him “Asian”, in his award acceptance speech. Malik added I’d also like to take this moment to thank four of the best guys that I ever met whilst being in the band and doing all the amazing things that I did. Some of the things that we did will stay with me for the rest of my life. Here’s to the future.”

Malik’s mother, Trisha Malik was accompanying him at the awards ceremony.