Former One Direction member Zayn Malik made a rare public appearance on January 20th, 2024 at Paris Men’s Fashion Week, marking his first event appearance in nearly 5 years. The singer attended the Kenzo Fall/Winter 2024/2025 show on Saturday, shocking fans with a new bleach blond haircut with frosted tips. However, the event took a painful turn when Malik’s foot was run over by a car as he left the show.
Malik Sports New Hairstyle at Kenzo Show
The 30-year-old musician arrived at the Kenzo show on Saturday debuting a dramatic new hairstyle – short platinum blond hair with frosted spikey tips. His stylish look was completed with an oversized gray suit lined with faux fur over a black turtleneck.
Malik rubbing elbows with fellow celebs like rapper Tyga at the show marked his first major public appearance since he stepped back from the spotlight in 2019. Fans welcomed his long-awaited return to the public eye with delight.
“Zayn at Paris Fashion week.. how i’ve missed this man wow,” one fan tweeted.
Foot Run Over After Show
Malik’s fashion week return was swiftly interrupted, however, when the singer appeared to get his foot run over by a car outside the Kenzo show.
Video showed Malik calmly walking outside and approaching a car, before quickly pulling his foot back as the vehicle lurches forward over where his foot just was. Paparazzi shots captured afterwards show a seemingly unfazed Malik smiling with fans.
The former boybander soon took to Twitter to confirm he was unharmed, crediting his stylish footwear for saving him from injury.
“Folks were asking me if I’m ok. Good thing I had my Valentinos on,” Malik tweeted, along with a winking emoji.
Zayn Malik appearing unphased after his foot was run over outside the Kenzo show on January 20th.
The singer also made an appearance at the Valentino Fall 2023 menswear show later on Saturday, looking dapper in an all-black suit with bright red loafers.
Years Out of the Spotlight
Malik’s Paris Fashion Week appearances over the weekend marked his first time attending public events since November 2019.
The singer stepped back from public life shortly after the release of his second solo album “Icarus Falls” in December 2018. He later cited wanting to keep the spotlight on his music rather than his personal life as the reason behind his disappearance from the public sphere.
Some fans speculated his retreat from celebrity status also stemmed from criticisms of comments he made on social media and troubles in his relationship with model Gigi Hadid.
Malik and Hadid began dating in 2015 and share a daughter named Khai, born in September 2020. However the on-again, off-again couple split for good in October 2021.
The former boyband heartthrob has made occasional returns to social media since his retreat from public life, but Paris Fashion Week was his first major public appearance since 2018.
Fans are hopeful Malik’s surprise Paris Fashion Week attendance signals a comeback to public life and potentially new music in 2024.
The singer has yet to release a solo album since 2018’s “Icarus Falls”, which peaked at number 77 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Rumors swirled in late 2023 he has new music in the works with R&B artist Summer Walker.
Is Malik planning to make his musical comeback this year with a third studio album? Only time will tell, but his fashion week spotlight is certainly sending fans’ anticipation sky-high.
For now, the world is simply happy to see those frosted tips back in action.
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While Malik has not yet commented on any plans following the events of fashion week, speculation is rampant he could be prepping a career revival.
Sources claim the singer has new music ready to release this spring. Fans are crossing their fingers for a lead single announcement dropping any day. Latest insider buzz says Malik has 50+ unreleased songs finished and waiting for an official debut.
With his daughter Khai now over 3 years old, the star may also feel more comfortable balancing public and family life going forward. His former partner Gigi Hadid continues walking fashion runways as a highly sought after model.
Some music insiders think Malik took notes from Hadid about strategically building up hype by making occasional appearances at high profile events. Sources say even his new daring hairstyle makeover signals someone ready to step back into the limelight soon.
The “Pillow Talk” singer could also have more stunning style moments in store if he attends more Paris fashion shows. Couture week runs through January 25th.
For now, thankful fans are still obsessing over their first Zayn sighting in ages. But they hope this long-awaited glimpse means more Malik moments coming faster than cars outside the Kenzo show.
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