Former One Direction member, Zayn Malik, who now goes simply by ‘Zayn’ is coming into his own. Previously known as one of the five boys in the commercially successful British boy band, he has greatly evolved into one of pop music’s most promising solo artists. This past year, he has been lucky in life – his debut single Pillowtalk from his album, Mind Of Mine, won great accolades at a number of awards shows. Also, he’s doing great in his personal life with Victoria’s Secret supermodel, Gigi Hadid. Looks like he’s in it to win it.
In a rare interview with The Sunday Times Style, Zayn spoke about his personal life, including his struggles with mental and physical health issues and also, of course, his maddening love for Gigi Hadid. His fans will know that he suffered from anxiety and panic attacks, so much so that he once cancelled a live appearance. But that’s all in the past. “I now have no problem with anxiety,” he explains to the magazine, “It was something I was dealing with in the band.”
It wasn’t only mental issues that plagued him. He was suffering from an eating disorder as well. “It wasn’t specifically an eating disorder,” but what he says was a culmination of his time with One Direction that was “so regimented and controlled”. “It was the one area where I could say, ‘No, I’m not eating that’. Once I got over the control, the eating just came back into place, super naturally. I came back to the UK and spent some time with my mum and got some TLC, and she cooked me food and I got back in touch, mentally, with a lot of things I’d lost.”
Zayn, now 24-year-old, was once engaged to British pop girl band member, Perrie Edwards. Shortly after his exit from One Direction, he called it quits and has since found solace in the arms of Gigi Hadid. His life has become more stable, with the young, good-looking couple spending most of their time at home, cooking and taking it easy. In fact, he reveals that they have been living together in his Bel Air home for the past one year. “I’ve never took her to Bradford [Zayn’s hometown], not yet. She’s met my family in London a few times, though,” he clarifies.
They even have nicknames for each other – he calls her “Gee” and she calls him “Zee”. And they know how to keep their relationship fresh. For example, Gigi was recently in France for Paris Fashion Week, and Zayn flew down to the city of love as a surprise. He said at the time, “It’s amazing spending time here with my girlfriend.”