Zayn Malik’s sister Doniya talks about Zayn’s ‘overwhelming’ fame and Perrie Edwards

Since being thrown into the spotlight back in 2010, Zayn Malik’s life changed forever…


by Ellie Henman |
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Some people dream about being a world famous superstar. The money, the adoring fans and being able to walk into anywhere you fancy and being treated like royalty. But is it all that it’s cracked up to be? This level of super-stardom hit Zayn Malik when he was made part of One Direction on The X Factor back in 2010.

We’ve seen Zayn go through some incredible highs (five albums in five years, falling in love with pop-princess Perrie Edwards) and some lows (leaving the OTRA tour with stress before finally quitting). But one person who knows him the best is his older sister, Doniya.


Earlier this week, Doniya – who’s a beauty blogger – gave her first interview with the BBC’s Asian Network and revealed how hard Zayn has found the fame.

“At the beginning when it first started out, I think I was 18, it was all kind of surreal and weird,” Doniya said. “As time goes on you get used to it [but] yeah it is overwhelming – it’s something that doesn’t really hit you. I never thought my brother would be in the world’s biggest boy-band… You’ve just got to go along with it.”

Doniya also spoke about Zayn finding love with Perrie and admitted she was like a sister to her. She added: “Perrie’s pretty cool, she’s a really nice girl, really friendly, she’s down to earth, it’s like it is with my sisters. [I’m] very happy [she’ll be my sister in law] – she’s a very nice girl.”


Zayn Maliku2019s hair story from 2010 – 2014

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October 2010: Fluffy and bouffant



November 2010: Well he was following the crowd..

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March 2011: Fast forward four months and Zayn's far more styled

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October 2011: We have NO idea what's going on now

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February 2012: Luckily a hair-stylist took pity and got his barnet back under control. Also: FACIAL HAIR ALERT.

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April 2012: Zayn's trademark quiff is back and the stubble is growing nicely

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September 2012: Oo-er, Zayn's dipped his quiff in bleach

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November 2012: Zayn's come over all Cruella

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November 2012: We think it may be growing on us...

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February 2013: PHEW - Zayn's lost his bleached streak. We bet his mum had a word over Christmas.

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April 2013: The quiff is higher and the five o'clock shadow is back - hello SEXY Zayn

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August 2013: Zayn's lopped it all off, bar his little beard

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November 2013: The quiff is BACK and the beard is better than ever

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May 2014: A bushier style for spring...

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July 2014: Zayn lets his quiff down for the night

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September 2014: Zayn's trying out a Harry Styles side-swept-style

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October 2014: Zayn tries out the braided, pulled back look

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