When it comes to posting on social media, Zayn Malik isn’t consistently active. So, when a new photo of the former One Direction singer appears on fans’ Instagram feeds, the internet is sent into a total frenzy.

Ever since welcoming his daughter with girlfriend Gigi Hadid in September 2020, the Nobody Is Listening musician has shared a lot more photos than usual. In fact, he announced baby Khai‘s birth alongside a photo of the newborn grabbing his tatted hand. “Our baby girl is here, healthy and beautiful,” Zayn wrote at the time. “The love I feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding. Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine, and thankful for the life we will have together.”

The musician also gushed over his life as a first-time dad in various interviews from March 2021.

“A lot of people that I was speaking to, obviously, before she was born and stuff were like, ‘It’s a big adjustment, and it’s going to be a massive change and stuff.’ But honestly, she’s an amazing baby,” he told iHeartRadio’s Valentine In The Morning at the time. “It’s been really easy for me and Gigi to kind of just ease into it. She kind of made it easy for us, she sleeps really well, she loves her milk. It’s just feeding and changing diapers at the moment. It’s wicked. I’m enjoying it, for sure.”

Aside from gushing over his daughter, Zayn has also spoken out about using social media. While discussing his relationship with the internet during an interview with VMAN in August 2017, the British crooner explained the “main reason why” he doesn’t “believe” in the social networking apps.

“It’s become ridiculous to me. Even angles of pictures can’t be taken a certain way because that’s not the cool way to take an angle of a picture,” Zayn explained at the time. “Everyone’s personal opinions and what they believe in, how can you amalgamate all of that into one thing and expect that not to create a problem for people’s minds? That’s my personal opinion, [that] it’s not really that developing for us as people.”

Over the years, he’s mostly used platforms like Instagram and Twitter for music promotion, but thankfully shared a few pictures of himself here and there! Scroll through our gallery for all the photos that prove Zayn is an underrated selfie king. 

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