Zayn Malik sends fans wild as he sports a huge beard in a rare selfie

Zayn Malik sent fans wild on Friday after he posted a rare selfie to his Instagram feed, sporting a huge new beard. 

The former One Direction star, who turned 29 years old on Wednesday, looked very different in the snap as he looked off camera while wearing circular lensed sunglasses.

The singer appears to have gone for a radical transformation following his split from Gigi Hadid as he showed off his longer and hair and bushy beard in the photo… days after was spotted on a plus size dating app.  

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Brooding: Zayn Malik, 29, sent fans wild on Friday after he posted a rare selfie to his Instagram feed, sporting a huge new beard 

He wore an edgy leather jacket which put his tattooed neck on full display 

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Zayn sent his fans wild with the snap, as they took to Twitter and the comments section of the photo to pay the Pillowtalk hitmaker compliments. 

One wrote: ‘THANK ZAYN MALIK FOR EXISTING,’ while another penned: ‘his beard is beautiful, his hair is beautiful, the look? Flawless. Zayn MALIK you big hottie single man!’ 

Another said: ‘Look at him definition of beauty.’ 

New look: The singer appears to have gone for a radical transformation following his split from Gigi Hadid in comparison to his look last year (pictured) 

While another asked Zayn to change up his look: ‘We love you, but shave that beard.’ 

Another agreed and said: ‘He should cut his beard on offence.’ 

The snap comes after he was spotted on a plus size dating app WooPlus, three months after he split from his model ex Gigi. 

Wow: Zayn sent his fans wild with the snap, as they took to Twitter and the comments section of the photo to pay the Pillowtalk hitmaker compliments

He joined the site which describes itself as an ‘inclusive’ platform for ‘curvy people to find and enjoy love.’

Zayn told Billboard back in 2016 that he likes ‘fuller women’, saying: ‘I like girls that are a bit chunky in certain areas — the nice areas. I like a fuller woman.’

The app uses facial recognition technology to aid in the verification of its users, and a clip of Zayn taking part in an emoji challenge on the website has been leaked online.

The star can be seen with a huge bushy beard, pulling faces to match the emotions of the smiley faces, including happy and angry.

Getting out there: The snap comes after the star was seen on the plus size dating site WooPlus  

Dating: The former One Direction star joined the site which describes itself as an ‘inclusive’ platform for ‘curvy people to find and enjoy love’

Zayn has a history of dating models, having enjoyed a six year romance with Gigi – who she shares 16-month-old daughter Khai with.

The singer also dated model Neelam Gill and was engaged to Little Mix stunner Perrie Edwards.

MailOnline contacted Zayn’s representative at the time for further comment. 

The appearance on the app comes after he split with Gigi back in October, following an altercation with the model’s mother.

Pulling faces: The app uses facial recognition technology to aid in the verification of its users, and a clip of Zayn taking part in an emoji challenge on the website has been leaked online

Zayn pleaded no contest to four harassment charges in October and was sentenced to 360 days probation, an anger management course and told he must have no contact with Yolanda or a security guard who witnessed the fight.

He denied the claims made against him which include him pushing the reality star into a dresser and calling her a ‘s**t.’

The incident happened after a fight at the home in Pennsylvania he shares with Gigi Hadid and their daughter Khai. Gigi was modelling in Paris and Yolanda let herself into the couple’s home, seemingly without Malik’s consent. 

Invasion of privacyThe appearance on the app comes after he split with Gigi back in October, following an altercation with the model’s mother; Yolanda, Gigi, Zayn pictured 

Airing it out: Zayn posted a statement on social media at the time that confirmed there was an incident, that he pleaded no contest and that he was trying to protect his daughter

Zayn and Gigi: A timeline of their fiery on/off relationship

Rumors swirled that Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid are on the outs once again after reports surfaced that Zayn ‘struck’ Gigi’s mom, Yolanda, last week.

Sources told TMZ that the former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star is ‘seriously considering’ filing a police report to document the alleged assault.

In a statement to the publication, the One Direction member hoped to rise up the ‘divisiveness’ and ‘restore us to a peaceful family environment that will allow for me to co-parent my daughter in a manner in which she deserves.’

Zayn strongly rejected all allegations, stating: ‘I adamantly deny striking Yolanda Hadid and for the sake of my daughter I decline to give any further details and I hope that Yolanda will reconsider her false allegations and move towards healing these family issues in private.’

Gigi and Zayn first became an item more than six years ago when they were spotted leaving Justin Bieber’s American Music Award’s after-party holding hands; seen at the Met Gala in 2016

2015

Gigi and Zayn first became an item more than six years ago when they were spotted leaving Justin Bieber’s American Music Award’s after-party holding hands. 

A source told Us Weekly in November 2015 that while they weren’t ‘boyfriend and girlfriend’ yet, they were definitely into each other.

2016 

Months later, Gigi was spotted wearing a Z necklace on her way to Paris Fashion Week as she flashed a photo of Zayn as her phone background.

Malik however denied any romance rumors during an appearance on the Beats 1 radio show and insisted the pair were just ‘good friends.’

His debut as a solo artist took a sexy turn with the video release for his first single, Pillowtalk, starring none other than Gigi. The steamy visuals were followed by a flirty online exchange, leading many to believe that their friendship was anything but platonic. 

In May, they confirmed what was already assumed as they walked hand-in-hand on the red carpet at fashion’s biggest night, the Met Gala.

He explained in November how the pair met at a Victoria’s Secret party and he approached Hadid after recognizing her from ‘her picture,’ and soon took her on a date. 

‘She knows how to carry herself. She’s quite classy and that. She’s not, like, arrogant in any way,’ he told ES Magazine. ‘She’s confident. She carries it well. She’s cool.’  

2017 

Their romance continued to flourish, albeit mostly privately, but Gigi stepped behind the lens to snap Zayn for the Spring 2017 Versus Versace campaign. 

The Italian luxury brand shared a clip on their Twitter account with Gigi asking: ‘When you’re alone, who do you want next to you?’ to which Malik smiled while replying, ‘You.’ 

Lucky in love: Gigi and Zayn welcomed their daughter into the world one year ago

2018

In January, Gigi shared a romantic tribute to her boyfriend to mark his birthday. ‘Love this man more than I could ever put into words [and] am inspired by his drive to be and do better everyday,’ she wrote.

By March, though, the supermodel was singing a different tune as Gigi and Zayn called it quits sharing his-and-hers tweets to confirm the split.

All was not as it seemed as Gigi and Zayn were spotted kissing in New York City weeks after they announced their break-up, but Malik was a no-show to her 23rd birthday party in April.

In October, he made an appearance on her Instagram stories when she shared a selfie and wrote ‘flyin home to my happy place.’ 

 2019

New year, new Gigi. The couple called it off again, with multiple sources telling Us Weekly that their relationship was ‘over for now.’ 

Another insider revealed the supermodel ‘tried hard to make it work,’ but he ‘has a lot of his own issues that she couldn’t help him get through.’ 

2020

Cupid’s arrow struck in the right place and the couple confirmed their romance was flourishing yet again on Valentine’s Day.

Despite remaining out of the public eye due to various lockdowns from COVID-19, Gigi revealed she was pregnant on a virtual appearance of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. 

‘Obviously, we wish we could have announced it on our own terms,’ Hadid said. ‘We’re very excited and happy and grateful for everyone’s well wishes and support.’ 

Gigi delivered Khai during a home birth in Pennsylvania in mid-September with Zayn, her mother, sister Bella, a mid-wife and the mid-wife’s assistant also on hand to help out. 

Baby bliss: Despite remaining out of the public eye due to various lockdowns from COVID-19, Gigi revealed she was pregnant on a virtual appearance of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

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