Zayn Malik was filmed shirtless outside of a New York City bar, in what almost became a serious physical altercation, though no blows between him or the alleged aggressor were traded. Fans have been wondering where the singer has been after he left the spotlight in September. Now they have their answer.

The former One Director bandmate was hanging outside the Little Sister Lounge close to 2 a.m. Thursday. One man left the lounge and he wasn’t excited to see the star, reportedly getting into a heated dispute with Zayn.

The two were quickly intertwined in a verbal altercation, in which swears and demeaning remarks were shouted back and forth. Finally, the fight escalated, and the man lunged at Zayn Malik, the From Dusk Till Dawn singer only narrowly avoiding being hit.

Zayn’s team was quick to jump in, separating the pair before things got too heated. At this point, Zayn was shirtless, though why he had stripped on the street is anyone’s guess. The incident only lasted about a minute before the camera shuts off, and no injuries were sustained on either side.

During the verbal assault, the man shouted homophobic slurs at Zayn, who is famously proud of supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Zayn fought back with his own words, though his f-bombs and other curses were not quite as offensive.

The heated confrontation outside of the Manhattan bar went viral, and now many wonder what the whole fight was all about. Zayn seemed cool and collected before the incident started, with a cigarette in his mouth and smoke trailing from the bud. When the fight finally broke out, Zayn Malik was nowhere near calm, and he seemed quite ready to throw fists.

This is the star’s most recent return to the spotlight, after spending a lot of alone time with his girlfriend and baby mama, Gigi Hadid. The two share a baby girl and are taking time off to focus on being parents.

In an Instagram post celebrating the newborn, Zayn Malik wrote that “our baby girl is here, healthy and beautiful.” He continued, saying “to try put into words how I am feeling right now would be an impossible task. The love I feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding. Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine, and thankful for the life we will have together.”

Zayn Malik nearly trades blow in shirtless fight. The new father and former One Direction star was not quite ready to take the heat.
Zayn Malik nearly trades blow in shirtless fight. The new father and former One Direction star was not quite ready to take the heat. Photo Credit: Zayn/Instagram

Perhaps Zayn’s paternal instincts kicked in when the aggressive bar-attendee decided to get too close for comfort. It isn’t clear who started the near-brawl, or whether things are smoothed out now. But one thing is certain: Fans are excited about any chance to see Zayn Malik shirtless.