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