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Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, and Harry Styles

1. Despite success with the popular boy band One Direction, the West Yorkshire, England, singer, center, left the band in 2015 as he hedged his bets on a solo career. Things weren’t the same without him. (Photo: Getty Images)

Happy birthday, Zayn Malik: 25 reasons why Gigi Hadid's man is too cool for school

The boy bander turned solo act — who celebrates his 25th birthday on Jan. 12 (see him as a drooly but adorb baby) — is just too cool for us. From his coupling with Gigi Hadid (Gee and Zee 4eva!) to ditching One Direction at the height of its fame to take a chance on a solo career, here are 25 reasons that the Brit singer is winning at life…