Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid held hands on the way out of New York yesterday. They’ve been together in NYC for fashion week where Gigi promoted her collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger. Oh yeah, and Taylor Swift helped with that too. But it’s not just been about Gigi. Because a couple of days ago it was also announced that Zayn, in addition to producing an HBO drama about a boy band, will be releasing his autobiography in November. I LOVE the way The Guardian headlined this story:
Zayn Malik to publish debut autobiography, aged 23
The Guardian goes on to describe the book as follows: “Rather than pages of written narrative, however, the book will feature his thoughts, drawings and personal photographs.” Well, obviously. A words-only book would take a lot longer to put together. Doodles on a napkin and pictures from his phone don’t require much editing, if at all. As Zayn says in the press release:
“I’m going to show you as much as I can so that you can judge me on my own terms, not on what the press or anyone else says.”
Great. Because I already have all kinds of opinions about a 23 year old who thinks it’s a good idea to release an autobiography. Is that unfair, though? Perhaps. For a millennial who’s grown up on social media, maybe 5 years for them is the equivalent of 20 years for previous generations. Like, maybe, even though he and I are 20 years apart, maybe Zayn’s “soul” age and my age are exactly the same, because he’s lived so much, and all of it has been, literally, documented.
Anyway, here’s the cover of his book: