Stronger solo? Zayn Malik surfaced at the Asian Awards 2015 on Friday, April 17, making his first public appearance since exiting One Direction.
The former boy bander, 22, looked happy and handsome at the annual awards show, held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. He posed for photos outside of the venue with mother Trisha Malik on his arm.
Malik wore a navy suit paired with a white collared shirt and a black tie for the fête. He also debuted a newly shaved head at the Asian Awards, sporting light stubble with his new 'do.
"He simply just fancied a change," a source close to the singer told Us Weekly of Malik's hair makeover. "No biggie. He’s in a great place."
The British singer had a rough few months before his abrupt departure from One Direction on March 25. Malik previously missed the band's appearance on the Today show and faced rumors of drug use following his absence. He went on to shoot down talk that he was cheating on his fiancée Perrie Edwards, and finally skipped out in the midst of One Direction's world tour last month.
The star, who has started working on his own solo projects, seemed to be in much higher spirits at the Asian Awards. His bandmates are moving on as well, as Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson shared their first official photo as a foursome this week.
Payne took to Twitter on Monday, April 13, to share a One Direction update as the band continues to tour.
"1st day writing the album it's gunna be a great day!" he shared. "Huge day of writing so excited the team never stop!... Wonder what tomorrow's writing will bring."