AceShowbiz - Pop star Zayn Malik narrowly avoided a punch up outside a New York bar in the early hours of Friday (04Jun21) after becoming involved in a heated argument.
According to TMZ, the "Pillowtalk" singer was taking a cigarette break outside Manhattan's Amsterdam Billiards Club when he clashed with a group of guys exiting the lounge next door.
A source claims one man tried to pick a fight with Malik and hurled a gay slur, prompting the Brit to fire back with his own verbal insults.
At one point, the former One Direction star was caught on camera going shirtless, apparently ready for a brawl, but the altercation never became physical and ended without any police intervention.
Malik, who shares a baby daughter with girlfriend Gigi Hadid, has yet to comment on the incident.
In a recent interview, Zayn Malik talked about fatherhood and he's grateful for being able to smoothly adapt to being a first-time father.
"Honestly, it's amazing. A lot of people that I was speaking to, obviously, before she was born and stuff were like, 'It's a big adjustment, and it's going to be a massive change and stuff.' But honestly, she's an amazing baby. It's been really easy for me and Gig to kind of just ease into it."
"She kind of made it easy for us, she sleeps really well, she loves her milk. It's just feeding and changing diapers at the moment. It's wicked. I'm enjoying it, for sure."
He also praised Gigi, "She's good. She's a wicked mom. Obviously, she's really a big help with everything, and she's doing well."