Watch Zayn Malik Thank One Direction At First Public Appearance Since Leaving Group

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Trisha Malik and Zayn Malik attend The Asian Awards 2015 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on April 17, 2015 in London, England. 

Just weeks after exiting One Direction, Zayn Malik thanked his former bandmates on stage at the Asian Awards in London on Friday (April 17).

Zayn Malik Walks First Red Carpet Since Leaving One Direction

Sporting a newly shaved head, Malik walked the red carpet with his mother at the Asian Awards, marking his first major public appearance as a solo artist. The 22-year-old singer was being honored for Outstanding Achievement in Music, TMZ reports.     

"I'd also like to take this moment to thank four of the best guys that I ever met whilst being in the band and doing all the amazing things that I did. Some of the things that we did will stay with me for the rest of my life," Malik said during his acceptance speech. "Here's to the future."

His appearance at the Asian Awards arrived one day after his pal, producer Naughty Boy, shared a photo of him with a new nose piercing on Twitter.