Zayn Malik isn't a shy boy

Zayn Malik has admitted it has taken a while to get used to seeing embarrassing pictures of himself in newspapers and magazines.

The 19-year-old admitted that he used to be shy but said that being in One Direction has given him confidence.

Zayn told Now magazine: "I saw one where I must have jumped off a step and my whole face had dropped. It didn't even look like me.

"I had to look at it six or seven times to see if it really was me.

"I was wondering if they'd done something to the picture. It was horrible. I hated it!"

However, Malik insists that he is still essentially the same as he was before he found fame on The X Factor.

He said: "I think I've changed, but in a good way,' he explained.

"Before The X Factor I wasn't as confident.

"I mean, I wouldn't have been able to do this interview and I wouldn't have been able to speak to you properly because I'd just be really shy.

"But now I find it really easy to speak to people."

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