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Zayn Malik debuts new single 'It's You' and unveils coverwork for his album 'Mind of Mine' - featuring him as tattooed baby

Sasha Brady

Published 18/02/2016 | 11:01

Zayn Malik performs his new single It's You on the Jimmy Fallon Show. Photo: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon / NBC
Zayn Malik performs his new single It's You on the Jimmy Fallon Show. Photo: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon / NBC
Singer Zayn Malik
Perrie Edwards and ex fiancé Zayn Malik

Former One Direction star Zayn Malik has debuted his new single It's You and unveiled the coverwork for his album Mind of Mine.

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The 23-year-old delighted fans with his first live solo performance since quitting One Direction as he made an appearance on Wednesday night's The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Zayn took to the stage to give a soulful rendition of his second solo single It's You.

"Tell me your lies /  Because I just can't face it," he sang. "It's you, it's you / It's you."

Jimmy Fallon holds the sleeve for Zayn Malik's new album Mind of Mine. Photo: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon / NBC.
Jimmy Fallon holds the sleeve for Zayn Malik's new album Mind of Mine. Photo: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon / NBC.

Earlier this year, Zayn hinted that the song is a nod to his ex-fiancee Perrie Edwards when he told Zane Lowe in an interview with Apple Music's Beats 1 that he started writing and recording his upcoming album, Mind of Mine, when he was still engaged to the Little Mix singer.

Referring to It's You, Apple's Zane said: adding: "It’s about the break-up of your relationship, clearly."

Perrie Edwards and ex fiancé Zayn Malik
Perrie Edwards and ex fiancé Zayn Malik

When quizzed about keeping his life private in his music, Bradford-born star explained: "There’s always a fine line with that. I just felt like I needed to put myself out there a bit on that because it was a form of therapy for me, and it did help me get through some s**t."

While on the Jimmy Fallon Show, the Pillow Talk singer treated fans to another surprise as he unveiled the coverwork for his album.

The album pictures the singer as an angelic youngster with 'tattooed' arms.

Mind of Mine is scheduled for release on March 25, the one year anniversary of the day he quit One Direction.

The singer revealed that the album will contain 17 or 18 songs.

"It’s a nice feeling to come out of a place where you are being told what to do and to be upset because of certain expectations are set and things that people want to see. It is just all my perspective and that’s fully liberating," he told The Fader.

Singer Zayn Malik
Singer Zayn Malik

"I wouldn’t be able to give you one standout moment where I was like this is what I want to do because I guess I just always kinda knew.

"Once [the fans] hear it, I feel like they will understand me a little bit more, and they’ll understand why I did what I did, and why I left the band, and why I had to write this s**t down," he added.

"Because for five - not even for five years, for ten years, this album has been in my brain, and it’s just been there, sat with me, needing to be out."

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