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Ex-OneD star tops list of sexiest Asian men

Former One Direction member Zayn Malik has topped the 2015 list of the world's 50 Sexiest Asian Men.

Zayn Malik

Bradford-born Malik, who left the group earlier this year to be a "normal 22-year-old", is also the youngest person ever to top the list.

This year marks the 12th edition of the annual poll by UK-based Eastern Eye newspaper.

Last year's winner Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan slipped into second place this year, with Pakistani singer and actor Ali Zafar in third place.

Malik was in ninth position last year but ended up topping this year's list following votes from across the globe.

The top five is completed with Indian TV star Barun Sobti in fourth position and actor Vivian Dsena in fifth position.

Other notable names in the top 10 are Bollywood heavy weight Salman Khan in seventh spot, and Shah Rukh Khan, often referred to as the King of Bollywood, holding the ninth spot.

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New career for Zayn Malik in the kitchen?

Former One Direction star Zayn Malik could be cooking up a new career - after his fiancee Perrie Edwards revealed he is spending his free time in the kitchen.

The singer, who shocked the boyband's fans when he quit in March, got engaged to the Little Mix star two years ago.

Edwards told the Sun: "It's nice to see more of him now. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen, he's a great chef."

She also revealed her career - the band have a new single out - is getting in the way of the pair tying the knot.

She said: "Me and Zayn want it to be perfect, so as soon as I have a bit of time, we'll plan it. I doubt it will be this summer."

Malik flew home from the boyband's world tour with "stress" before suddenly quitting the group, saying he wanted to be a "normal 22-year-old."

One Direction have insisted they will go on without Malik and fans will get the chance to see the four-piece perform at Capital's Summertime Ball in London's Wembley Stadium next month.

One Direction star quits tour over stress

One Direction star Zayn Malik has quit the boyband's world tour after being "signed off with stress" and is coming home to the UK.

Zayn Malik has quit One Direction's tour citing stress Credit: Press Association

It comes after the singer was forced to defend himself online and declare his love for fiancee Perrie Edwards after pictures emerged of him apparently close to another woman.

Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate. The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta.

– One Direction spokesman

A picture, which has been widely shared and published online, showed Malik with his arm around the bare stomach of a woman in a cropped top.

They look like they are posing for the picture and are both smiling, appearing to be cheek-to-cheek.

A second photo, taken from behind, shows Malik standing close to the woman and their hands and arms appear to be interlinked.

Louis Tomlinson (left) and Zayn Malik (right) have been warned to behave by Philippines officials Credit: Press Association

Malik, along with bandmate, Louis Tomlinson, have been asked to post bail bonds of thousands of pounds each and the prospect of having their concerts axed after Philippines immigration officials deemed them a risk to the public interest.

One Direction top world popularity chart

Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik's One Direction have topped another chart - a top 10 of the most popular acts in the world.

Zayn (second left) and Louis (far right) with their bandmates Credit: Press Association

The band were named the Global Recording Artists of 2013 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents the music business around the world.

The award measures success in downloading, streaming and physical sales of singles and albums.

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