Monday 25 September 2017

Zayn Malik on his 'power couple' status with girlfriend Gigi Hadid: 'We don’t really talk about that s**t'

Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid attend the Givenchy show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid attend the Givenchy show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
Zayn Malik arrives for the Tom Ford Autumn/Winter 2016 Menswear and Womenswear Collection presentation in New York on September 7, 2016 / AFP / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik in New York
Recording artist Zayn Malik attends Billboard Power 100 - Red Carpet at Cecconi's on February 9, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Billboard)
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid attend the Givenchy show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid and boyfriend Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik (L) and Gigi Hadid attend the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.com)
(L-R) Musicians Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan of One Direction perform onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
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Zayn Malik has opened up about life with girlfriend Gigi Hadid and it's surprisingly normal.

The former One Direction singer (24) has been dating the Victoria's Secret supermodel (22) for more than a year and despite their high profile careers, neither are angling towards a "power couple" status.

"Oh yes, definitely — she gets it, she’s very understanding," Zayn told the Evening Standard of Gigi's familiarity with fame - both her own and that of her sister Bella (also a supermodel) and her mother Yolanda (a reality star).

"But I can understand how it can look, that you’ve got these two people in a 'power couple'. That’s not something I want to be a part of,” he continues. “I’m with her because I like her and I hope she’s with me because she likes me. When we come home, we don’t really talk about that s**t. We just spend time together as a normal couple, cook food, watch TV, have a laugh."

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik in New York
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik in New York

Malik also opened up about his Muslim upbringing in Britain, saying he takes a "great sense of pride" in being the only high profile British Muslim taking Hollywood, despite the fact he stopped practising the religion a few years ago.

He also recalled being detained by airport security while attempting to gain entry to the United States in the early days of his career with One Direction.

"The first time I came to America, I had three security checks before I got on the plane; first they said that I’d been randomly selected, and then they said it was something to do with my name, it was flagging something on their system."

"Then when I landed, it was like a movie. They kept me there for three hours, questioning me about all kinds of crazy stuff. I was 17, my first time in America, jet-lagged off the plane, confused. The same thing happened the next time too."

Zayn Malik arrives for the Tom Ford Autumn/Winter 2016 Menswear and Womenswear Collection presentation in New York on September 7, 2016 / AFP / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Zayn Malik arrives for the Tom Ford Autumn/Winter 2016 Menswear and Womenswear Collection presentation in New York on September 7, 2016 / AFP / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

"I understand the level of caution that needs to be taken, especially now, in the light of certain events at home. I don’t think there’s any benefit to getting angry — it’s something that comes with the climate. I understand why they’ve got to do it."

Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid attend the Givenchy show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid attend the Givenchy show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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