Zayn Malik looks strikingly different as he shows off his long curly locks and full beard

Zayn Malik looked almost unrecognizable as he showed off his new hairstyle and beard in a snap shared on Instagram on Friday.

The former One Direction star, 29, looked strikingly different as he sported his brunette locks in a longer curled style, swept over his eyes in a full fringe.

He is known for opting to keep well-groomed stubble but has now let his facial hair grow out into a long full beard.

Wow!  Zayn Malik looked almost unrecognizable as he showed off his new longer hairstyle and full beard in a new snap shared on Instagram on Friday

Wow! Zayn Malik looked almost unrecognizable as he showed off his new longer hairstyle and full beard in a new snap shared on Instagram on Friday

In the snap, Zayn showed off his new surfer-style look and gazed into the distance with the sun falling on his face.

The singer cut a casual figure in a vibrant yellow jumper adorned with blue shapes as he showed off the item from his own Paynt By Zayn collection.

He accessorised his stylish ensemble with a simple hoop earring and a black stud, while he also gave a flash of his intricate neck tattoos.

Zayn looked almost unrecognizable with his longer locks as he has been known to sport a closely shaved head in recent years.

New look: Zayn looked strikingly different with his longer locks as he has been known to sport a closely shaved head in recent years

New look: Zayn looked strikingly different with his longer locks as he has been known to sport a closely shaved head in recent years

His latest post comes after Zayn shared an unexpected clip of himself singing One Direction’s 2013 hit You & I to his Instagram on Saturday.

The star belted out the chorus words to the song in a black and white clip as he clutched the microphone – but kept his followers guessing by not captioning the video.

Meanwhile, things turned sour between Zayn and his former bandmate Liam Payne, 28, who called him a ‘d ** k’ in a recent interview and mocked his alleged altercation with his ex girlfriend’s mother Yolanda.

Here he is: It comes after Zayn shared an unexpected clip of himself singing One Direction's 2013 hit You & I to his Instagram on Saturday - sending his fans into a frenzy

Here he is: It comes after Zayn shared an unexpected clip of himself singing One Direction’s 2013 hit You & I to his Instagram on Saturday – sending his fans into a frenzy

In the new video, Zayn showed off his vocal ability singing the words to the song and was wearing an edgy gray T-shirt while his hair was slicked back with a band.

Fans went into meltdown over the clip, with one writing: ‘ONE DIRECTION REUNION OKAY’ while another said: ‘ARE WE OKAY ??? IS EVERYONE BREATHING ??? ‘

A third wrote: ‘This has saved my 2022’ while another excitable fan commented saying: ‘ZAYN YOU HAVE SUMMONED THE WHOLE FANDOM.’

Another simply wrote underneath the post: ‘ZAYN SINGING 1D AGAIN HOW I’VE MISSED YOU.’

Awkward: Meanwhile, things turned sour between Zayn and his former bandmate Liam Payne, 28, who called him a 'd ** k' in a recent interview (pictured with One Direction in 2012)

Awkward: Meanwhile, things turned sour between Zayn and his former bandmate Liam Payne, 28, who called him a ‘d ** k’ in a recent interview (pictured with One Direction in 2012)

You and I was released in 2013 as part of their Midnight Memories album. Zayn formed the band with Liam, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson.

Earlier this month, Liam came under heavy fire after he gave an interview about his former One Direction bandmates where he called Zayn a ‘d ** k’.

The singer appeared on the Impaulsive podcast with controversial YouTuber Logan Paul on Wednesday, where he made a number of comments that did not go down well with the fans.

He and the host discussed former bandmate Zayn’s headline-making online feud with Logan’s brother Jake Paul in 2020, which ended with Zayn’s then-girlfriend Gigi Hadid slamming Jake as ‘irrelevant’ and defending her beau as ‘a respectful king’.

Impressive: The star, 29, belted out the chorus words to the song in a black and white clip as he clutched a microphone - but kept his followers guessing by not captioning the video

Impressive: The star, 29, belted out the chorus words to the song in a black and white clip as he clutched a microphone – but kept his followers guessing by not captioning the video

Liam gave his thoughts on the drama, saying: ‘She tweeted something about get yourself a respectful man or something. That one didn’t age very well. ‘

The comment has been interpreted by fans as a reference to the allegation that Gigi’s mother Yolanda Hadid made last year that Zayn had shoved her into a dresser and called her a ‘f *** ing Dutch slut’.

Liam continued to talk about Zayn, saying there were ‘many reasons why I dislike Zayn’ but that he will ‘always be on his side’ because of Zayn’s alleged tough upbringing.

He said: ‘There are many reasons why I dislike Zayn and there’s many reasons why I’ll always, always be on his side.

Reaction: Fans went into meltdown over the clip, with one writing: 'ONE DIRECTION REUNION OKAY' while another said: 'ARE WE OKAY ???  IS EVERYONE BREATHING ??? '

Reaction: Fans went into meltdown over the clip, with one writing: ‘ONE DIRECTION REUNION OKAY’ while another said: ‘ARE WE OKAY ??? IS EVERYONE BREATHING ??? ‘

‘If I had to go through what he went through, through his growth and whatever else. You know your parents are very supportive?

‘My parents are overly supportive to the point where it’s annoying at times and they don’t even mind me saying that. And Zayn had a different upbringing in that sense. ‘

He continued: ‘You can always look at the man for where he is and say,’ Oh, yeah, whatever that guy’s ad * ck. ‘ Right? But at the end of the day, once you understand what he’s been through to get to that point, and also whether or not he even wanted to be there…

Star: In the new video Zayn showed off her vocal ability singing the words to the song and was wearing an edgy gray T-shirt while her hair was slicked back with a band

Star: In the new video Zayn showed off her vocal ability singing the words to the song and was wearing an edgy gray T-shirt while her hair was slicked back with a band

‘I’m so misunderstood by myself more than anyone, like I don’t know what I’m doing or why I’m here. It’s like, I can’t sit here and d * ck on him because of whatever. ‘

Fans were unimpressed by Liam’s words and took to social media to come to the defense of Zayn, leading to Liam’s name trending on Twitter.

They called Liam out for reinforcing negative stereotypes, and told him to examine his own relationships, after it was reported that he cheated on his ex-fiancé Maya Henry.

Another argued: ‘bringing up the fact that other people’s parents weren’t as supportive as urs is not okay. the only way liam payne gets talked about is when he talks about the other 1D members. get a life it’s honestly embarrassing ‘.

Stirring up trouble: It comes after heavy this month Liam came under heavy fire after he gave an interview about his former One Direction bandmates where he called Zayn a 'd ** k'

Stirring up trouble: It comes after heavy this month Liam came under heavy fire after he gave an interview about his former One Direction bandmates where he called Zayn a ‘d ** k’

Liam also faced criticism for claiming to have outsold his One Direction bandmates with his debut solo single Strip That Down.

He said: ‘We did the first song, billion streams. I think it outsold everybody within the band – and I was the last to go. ‘

However, many fans pointed out that the track is currently sitting at only 800,000 streams and argued that Zayn’s Pillowtalk and Harry Styles’ Sign of the Times had been more successful.

One tweeted: ” I’m the most successful out of the band ‘way liam payne is dead serious while saying that literally shows how he’s a joke’

A second chimed in: ” i outsold all the boys’ -liam payne on logan paul’s podcast as harry styles sold out 15 shows at msg, wembley stadium for 2 nights, headlined coachella two weeksends, and broke chart records all while having class and respect for his ex band mates’.

Another claimed: ‘never seen a bigger flop in my life than liam payne. you went from being in what was the biggest group on the planet to sitting in a logan paul podcast talking about former members of your group ‘.

‘I didn’t think I’d live to see the day where Liam Payne is the most problematic member of one direction, my 12 year old self would’ve never believed it lol,’ agreed a fourth.

Both sides: Liam said on the podcast that there were 'many reasons why I dislike Zayn' but that he will 'always be on his side' because of Zayn's alleged tough upbringing

Both sides: Liam said on the podcast that there were ‘many reasons why I dislike Zayn’ but that he will ‘always be on his side’ because of Zayn’s alleged tough upbringing

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