From his early days on X Factor to the sold out tours with One Direction, it was obvious from the start that there was something that made Zayn Malik different.

Was it his brooding, smooth R&B-leaning vocals? Yes...but also his rugged good looks. (Let's get real: he's hot.)

After parting ways with the UK boy band, we not only saw the heavily tattooed Mind Of Mine singer-songwriter in his more natural and comfortable state as a solo artist, but also discovered just how much of a bad boy he could become.

Although the British crooner isn't as Instagram-happy as he once used to be, we rifled through the "Like I Would" crooner's photo feed and found some of our favorites.

See Zayn's hottest Instagram photos above.