Bradford born, Zayn Malik returned to social media on Tuesday to announce his new single, Flames.

The 26-year-old posted on his Instagram page for the first time in a month announcing his track, going head to head with former One Direction bandmates Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Niall Horan.

Teaming up with R3hab and Jungleboi on the track, which is available to save on Spotify, Zayn announced it would be 'coming soon'.

Sharing the artwork for his single, he simply wrote FLAMES. This is Zayn's first since he released his debut solo album, Icarus Falls in 2018 which saw him collaborate with Harry Styles' ex-girlfriend, Taylor Swift.

Each member of One Direction have released music in the past few months, with Harry Styles announcing his second solo album.

Mulling chap, Niall Horan released his hit single Nice to Meet Ya, with Liam dropping Stack It Up in September.

Cheeky lad, Louis Tomlinson also announced his highly anticipated solo album, Walls, which he plans to tour with in April.

Earlier in the year, Zayn announced he was ready to return to the music scene despite not yet performing a solo show.

In January tweeted: "F*** me, I can not wait to get on stage ! Mans got tunes that bang for days ! Haha feelin ready (sic)."

  • Liam Payne says he’s ‘lucky to still be here’ as 'fame nearly killed him several times'

  • Liam Payne opens up on 1D split as he slams Zayn for 'not even saying goodbye'

Despite this, Zayn has yet to make a comeback. He famously quit One Direction in March 2015, despite being midway through a world tour.

The singer has previously claimed that anxiety is the reason he has not performed as a solo artist, he famously pulled out of the Capital FM Summertime Ball seconds before he was due on stage due to this reason.

He claims that he wants his work to be authentic, saying: "I don't do things that I wouldn't buy into.

"I try to explain that to people and hope that they understand – it doesn't come from a place of being arrogant or above anything."

Meanwhile, Liam has confirmed there are still rifts within the band, admitting he rarely speaks to his former bandmates.

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