[ok. so. this took me a while because i kept going off on tangents. idk if you’ve seen my zayn tags, but i’m pretty fond of the guy. and this almost turned into a “everything i like about zayn” post until i forced myself to reel it in. i swear one of these days i’m just going to make one giant post about why zayn malik is, in fact, one of the most important people in existence right now. but let’s start here, shall we.]
zayn has this ridiculous label of being the tough, broody “bad boy” of one direction, and it’s complete crap. because in actuality he cares intensely about the people around him and does his best to make sure the people he cares about are doing ok.
i just find it so fitting that he’s so into superheroes because he is a hero.
i think zayn just sees the best in people, and likes to make sure everyone else sees it too. you see this a lot in how protective he is of harry in interviews. with the whole “no he’s a good guy” “i know the real you” thing. because zayn knows what it’s like to be mislabeled- he goes through this all the time still- and he does his best to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone he loves.
and he takes such good care of the boys. he’s always fussing over them on and offstage. whether it’s little things like:
or bigger things like keeping them alive:
zayn is always doing his best to take care of his boys and look out for their well being.
and he’s so fiercely protective of them. like jumping to louis’ defense when twitter drama starts up, or that time he was literally ready to fight that paparazzi for knocking down niall, or even how he’s usually the one to jump in whenever roughhousing is about to start going too far, to make sure none of them get hurt. he does whatever he needs to in order to protect them, and doesn’t care how it makes him appear.
and his family. oh god. he cares so much about his family and does his best to take care of them now that he’s in a position to (buying his family a house, putting money into his mom’s bank account so that she won’t have to work anymore, buying his dad a car, etc.) i’ve seen him say several times in interviews that the best thing about being in the band is being able to take care of his family now, in this is us he literally says “that’s why i auditioned [for x factor] in the first place. i just wanted to be able to give back to my mum,” and i think it was in where we are that he said he likes to pick up random gifts for his sisters wherever he goes to bring back to them.
and it’s not just limited to people that he knows. remember when 1d came back from their comic relief work in ghana and it was reported that zayn had donated £500,000 on his own to comic relief, which was enough to provide malaria vaccines for 100,000 people? (i ran a little conversion on that and it’s the equivalent of $828,900! that’s over three quarters of a million dollars!) he works with so many charities, donates to so many causes, and he doesn’t make a show of it. basically the only reason we find out about half the people he helps is because the organizations announce “hey zayn malik donated this” or “hey zayn malik is working with us on that.” he really just gives from his heart.
then there’s the fans. despite all that this fandom has put zayn through, he cares so much about the fans and is really grateful. remember that time a fan sent a drawing she did of zayn to his sister so she could have him sign it, and zayn decided he liked it so much he wanted to keep it, so he signed a copy of this is us and sent it back to her?
and he’s so affectionate! for such a supposed “tough guy” he’s such a softie. zayn gives out cuddles, kisses, and i love yous like it gives him life (maybe it does).
i think the most important thing i’ve ever heard anyone say about zayn, is what louis said in this is us: ”he’s got a real big heart, even though he won’t admit it.”
zayn malik is an angel, a real life superhero, and the world is a better place with him in it.