He had to be persuaded to go to his first audition for The X Factor in 2010 and fast forward to 5years later Zayn Malik is one fifth of the biggest boy band on the planet.
Today though, the 22-year-old dramatically quit the group that has netted him £14 million and millions of adoring fans.
The band's record label boss, music mogul Simon Cowell, 55, saw his fortune grow to £300million, partly thanks to the worldwide success of One Direction.
Sunday Times Rich List editor Ian Coxon said at the time: ‘The group performed 136 shows in 78 cities in 2013, which generated box office revenues of $114million. They played to total audiences of just under 1.5million people.
'They’ve had top-selling albums, sell-out tours, DVDs, a book and they have even endorsed a perfume. There hasn’t been another boyband who have made so much money so quickly.
'Whether they will carry on at the same rate is anybody’s guess.'
One Direction made history this year thanks to their four studio albums - Up All Night, Take Me Home, Midnight Memories and Four - debuting at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.
To date, the band has sold more than 50 million records world wide.