Zayn Malik: Former One Direction star embroiled in heated ‘homophobic’ row outside NYC bar

Zayn Malik drinks beer and smokes during Instagram live stream

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Singer Zayn Malik has been filmed embroiled in a heated altercation while out and about in New York singer. The dad-of-one is said to have been confronted by a group of men.

I heard that the [altercation] started over the guy wanting a photo

Co-owner of Amsterdam Billiards Club

Zayn, born Zain Javadd Malik, 28, resides in New York City with his long-term girlfriend, Gigi Hadid, 26, and their daughter, Khai, nine months.

Bradford-born Zayn has kept a relatively low profile since making the decision to leave One Direction in 2015.

Despite this, he has gone on to achieve success as a solo artist, releasing three solo albums, with his debut release, Mind of Mine, achieving number one in both Britain and America.

The Pillowtalk singer was seen shirtless in video footage obtained by TMZ when a man appeared to lunge at him.

Sources claim that the incident happened outside Amsterdam Billiards Club in New York’s East Village.

It’s said that Malik was outside the bar smoking a cigarette when a group of men exited a neighbouring bar and things became heated.

Video footage obtained by TMZ sees a shirtless Zayn stood under scaffolding, while a man lunges at the star while raising a fist, exclaiming: “Who the f**k are you?!”

An unknown lady and man step in, separating the two.

Sources told TMZ that the man who appeared to confront Zayn used the homophobic f-word to insult the singer.

However, it’s said that no punches were thrown and the New York City Police Department did not become involved.

Speaking to Page Six, a co-owner of Amsterdam Billiards Club said: “Zayn is in here a lot and we absolutely love having him.”

They went on to add: “He was here for a few hours playing pool and ping-pong with a bunch of people, and there were no problems.

“I heard that the [altercation] started over the guy wanting a photo, but I’m not sure, it happened outside.”

It’s said that Zayn’s girlfriend, Gigi Hadid, was not present during the incident.

The singer announced in September that Gigi had given birth to their daughter, describing her as “healthy and beautiful”.

Nowadays, he splits his time between being a doting father and recording music in the evenings.

Speaking on the Zach Sang podcast, Malik said: “I’ve spent a lot of time with my little girl and my missus.

“When I can get the evening to myself I do a bit of writing and [Gigi] is really cool about it.”

He added that he related his album to his daughter as “it’s part of you and you want to share it with your world.”

Express.co.uk has approached Zayn Malik’s representatives for further comment.

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