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‘She’s brought colour back to my life’: Zayn Malik gives rare insight into fatherhood and pokes fun at his new penchant for ‘dad jokes’ as he discusses daughter Khai, 2, in first interview for 6 YEARS

Zayn Malik gave a rare insight into fatherhood as he discussed his two-year-old daughter Khai in his first interview for six years on Tuesday.

Speaking in a teaser for the Call Her Daddy podcast – which will be released in full on Wednesday – the former One Direction star, 30, sweetly told how she had ‘brought colour back to his life’.

Zayn shares his only child with ex-girlfriend Gigi Hadid who he split from in October 2021 and he now says his main focus is being a ‘good example’ to her.

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He said on the podcast: ‘Since I’ve had my daughter the main thing in my life is trying to be a good example to her. That’s why I’m even doing this interview.

‘I used to get a lot of anxiety around doing a conversation like this but I want her to be able to look at me and say ‘my dad’s doing this’.’

Candid: Zayn Malik gave a rare insight into fatherhood as he discussed his two-year-old daughter Khai in his first interview for six years on Tuesday

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Candid: Zayn Malik gave a rare insight into fatherhood as he discussed his two-year-old daughter Khai in his first interview for six years on Tuesday

Cute: Zayn shares his only child with ex-girlfriend Gigi Hadid who he split from in October 2021 and he now says his main focus is being a 'good example' to her (pictured on Halloween)

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Cute: Zayn shares his only child with ex-girlfriend Gigi Hadid who he split from in October 2021 and he now says his main focus is being a ‘good example’ to her (pictured on Halloween)

He then laughed as he added: ‘I keep being told I’m telling dad jokes and I’m leaning into it it’s okay, it’s cool. People just look at me like I’m a weirdo and I’m like well I’m a dad now so I’m allowed to tell these jokes!

‘I think we all get to a certain point in adult life where everything sort of seems vague and grey and boring and she’s brought that colour back to my life for me.’

During the chat he also touched on the effects the levels of fame he experienced in One Direction had on him

He formed the band with Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson in 2010 during The X Factor.

He then chose to leave in March 2015 while the other lads continued as a four piece.

On his time in One Direction he said: ‘I feel like we were so overexposed in the band that like that is why I have taken the time away to not do interviews.’

He added of being stereotyped: ‘They just said to me ‘oh you can be the mysterious one’ but it wasn’t necessarily my personality, I’m just chill.

‘Some people have very high energy personalities and it’s just not the way I am.’

Love: Speaking in a teaser for the Call Her Daddy podcast - which will be released in full on Wednesday - the former One Direction star, 30, sweetly told how she had 'brought colour back to his life'

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Love: Speaking in a teaser for the Call Her Daddy podcast – which will be released in full on Wednesday – the former One Direction star, 30, sweetly told how she had ‘brought colour back to his life’

Rare: He said on the podcast: 'Since I've had my daughter the main thing in my life is trying to be a good example to her. That's why I'm even doing this interview'

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Rare: He said on the podcast: ‘Since I’ve had my daughter the main thing in my life is trying to be a good example to her. That’s why I’m even doing this interview’

Co-parenting: Zayn and ex-girlfriend Gigi are pictured together in 2016 during their on-off relationship

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Co-parenting: Zayn and ex-girlfriend Gigi are pictured together in 2016 during their on-off relationship

It comes after last week Zayn melted some hearts when he shared a pic of himself doing some gardening, in a sweet snap taken by his daughter Khai.

The star took to his Instagram with a very sweet picture – after one of his typically long breaks from social media.

Little Khai appeared to be displaying some of her creative skills.

The singer proudly captioned: ‘Baba farmer, courtesy of Khai. Great photography,’ and he added a sunglasses face emoji.

In the adorable snap, the PILLOWTALK hitmaker is captured from the back as he waters grass on his farm.

Zayn sported a white jacket, grey shorts and a pair of white and red trainers for his daily outdoor activity.

Zayn came back to Twitter in May to share a thankful message to his supporters.

Since then, he had plenty of treats for his fans, as he shared a selfie and teased new upcoming music.

The Entertainer singer sent fans into meltdown as he wiped his Instagram to tease an eight second video for his new music on Tuesday.

The songwriter hinted his return to the scene, two years on from his last release.

Zayn has signed a new record deal with Mercury Records and a single is going to be released ‘very soon’ as a pre-save link for his new music appeared on his page.

The video showed the 1D hitmaker sitting on a motorbike revving the engine before he slammed the visor on his helmet down.

Fans took to the comment section to share their excitement. One wrote: ‘New music from Zayn oh my god’.

The new music will be a big departure from his previous hits Pillowtalk and I Don’t Wanna Live Forever, according to sources.

Zayn Malik teases fans with comeback vid after new record deal signed

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Tough: During the chat he also touched on the effects the levels of fame he experienced in One Direction had on him (L-R: Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn, and Harry Styles in 2013)

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Tough: During the chat he also touched on the effects the levels of fame he experienced in One Direction had on him (L-R: Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn, and Harry Styles in 2013)

Father: It comes after last week Zayn melted some hearts when he shared a pic of himself doing some gardening, in a sweet snap taken by his daughter Khai

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Father: It comes after last week Zayn melted some hearts when he shared a pic of himself doing some gardening, in a sweet snap taken by his daughter Khai

Zayn was previously signed to RCA Records but is now with Mercury Records, who also have Post Malone and Republic in their roster.

Label president Tyler Arnold told Billboard: ‘As soon as ZAYN and I met, I knew we had to work together.

‘I was blown away by the new music, but just as impressed by his vision, drive and spirit.

‘We’re honoured he and his team have joined us at Mercury Records. We’ve got an incredible opportunity to tell the next chapter of his story together.’

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