His R&B singing style stood out compared to the band's pop rock style; he later cited creative differences as a reason for leaving the band.
Brad Nelson of The Guardian wrote "He was one of the more accomplished vocalists of the group, exhibiting the widest range.
In a conversation with Billboard, Malik's main collaborator for the album James "Malay" Ho said they have gone to unusual lengths in pursuit of inspiration during recording sessions, for one "we went camping for a week in the Angeles Forest – set up a generator and a tent so we could track in the woods." The end of February 2016 also saw the releases of the "Pillowtalk (Lil Wayne Remix)", which features American rapper Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown's R&B song "Back to Sleep (Remix)", featuring Usher and Malik.
After being eliminated as a solo performer, Malik was brought back into the competition, along with four other contestants, to form the boy band that would become known as One Direction.
Malik split from the group in March 2015 and signed a solo recording contract with RCA Records.
She is the wife of singer and musician Paul Hewson, known as Bono, from the rock group U2.
Raised in Raheny, she met her future husband at a young age at Mount Temple Comprehensive School and married him in 1982.