Zayn Malik revealed in Dare To Dream that he was a ‘hyperactive’ child: ‘I was a bit of a handful when I was a kid because I was quite hyperactive. Even in the house my mum used to put me in my pram because I was so full-on. I almost felt like I didn’t fit in at my first two schools because I was the only mixed..
heritage kid in my class. When my sister and I moved to a different school it was a lot more mixed so I felt like I fitted in better. Also, all of the girls wanted to know who this new kid was and that’s when I became cool. I was about 12 or 13 when I started taking pride in my appearance.
I even used to get up half an hour earlier than my sister so I could do my hair. I had a few dodgy haircuts over the years. I shaved my head a few times and also had slits in my eyebrows. I thought I was properly gangsta, being into R&B and
rap, and that it made me look hard. I was really short for my age, up until I went to sixth form. I had my first kiss when I was about nine or ten. I was so short I had to get a brick so I could stand on it and reach the girl’s face.’