Zayn Malik pays tribute to former One Direction bandmates

He made his solo red carpet debut alongside his mom over the weekend
ByAndre NevelingSunday , 19 April 2015
Zayn Malik pays tribute to former One Direction bandmates
Zayn and his mom, Trisha

Zayn Malik returned to the public eye for the first time since quitting the boyband to pick up a prize at the Asian Awards in London on Friday night. So much for wanting to live a quiet life out of the spotlight!

The British pop singer made his first public appearance since announcing his decision to exit the group last month by attending the ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel with his mother - and he came away with a new accolade. Zayn was presented with an Outstanding Contribution to Music prize by his DJ pal Naughty Boy.

During his acceptance speech, Zayn remembered his former bandmates, stating: "I'd... like to take this moment to thank four of the best guys that I ever met whilst being in the band and doing all the amazing things that I did. Some of the things that we did will stay with me for the rest of my life." He ended his speech at the awards ceremony by saying: "Here's to the future." 

The future in or out of the spotlight, Zayn? Because right now we're very confused... 

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