Zayn Malik Makes Rare Comment on Relationship With Ex Gigi Hadid

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Zayn Malik is reflecting on his romantic history in a new interview.

The “Alienated” singer opened up about his previous relationships, including his on-and-off romance with ex Gigi Hadid, while speaking with Nylon in an interview published today.

“From 21 to 27, I was with Gi, and we had a kid, and I didn’t really take much time to get to know myself,” Malik said. The former couple welcomed their first child together, a daughter they named Khai, in September 2020. They broke up the following year. Hadid is now romantically linked to Bradley Cooper.

When it comes to spending time with Khai, Zayn said, “I only have my daughter 50 percent of the time. I would have her 90 percent if I could. We go see Disney on Ice or we go see the Nickelodeon theme park. Or we go to the beach. That’s how I get out.”

Malik also commented on his four year-long relationship with Little Mix member Perrie Edwards, whom he was briefly engaged to. “From 17 to 21, I was in a relationship. I was engaged and [planned to get] married and I didn’t know anything about anything at that point,” he said. “I thought I did, because I was 21. I was legally allowed to do everything, but I didn’t know sh*t.”

The musician acknowledged how his sudden rise to fame through One Direction warped his idea of romantic relationships. “I lived a very chill life in Bradford. I never really had a girlfriend. My parents were kind of old-school, so I never brought a girlfriend home or anything,” Malik explained. “When I got the chance to do that, I jumped straight in, two feet first, and was like, ‘I'm going to have a girlfriend, and she’s going to live with me. This makes me a grown man.’”

Now, his tune has changed: “It’s probably wise to take your time before you fully invest in another human being as a lifelong partner.”

new york, ny april 25 model gigi hadid l and singer zayn malik leave their apartment on april 25, 2017 in new york city photo by ray tamarragc images
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When it comes to dating, the former boy bander revealed that he has tried to scope out the apps—though that endeavor has ultimately proved unsuccessful. “Everyone accused me of catfishing. They’re like, ‘What are you using Zayn Malik’s pictures for?’ I’ve been kicked off once or twice,” he said. “I’m really content and happy with being single for the first time in my life.”

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