It seems like there is no stopping Zayn Malik.
As one half of a celebrity couple with an album that debuted at number one last year, a whopping one billion downloads on Spotify and all that, after years as a member of an internationally renowned boy band One Direction, it’s safe to say the British-Pakistani heartthrob is on a roll.
And yet, he still seems to be getting used to it all. “It's a really weird world,” Elle UK quoted Zayn as saying about his newfound fame. “I don't think there's anywhere I could be anonymous now.” About the difficulties of living life in the spotlight, the Bradford-born star revealed that when he’s with his girlfriend, supermodel Gigi Hadid, in New York, it's even harder to indulge in the occasional moment of anonymity.
“In New York, you can sometimes get out in the early hours of the morning for a walk. But there's no underground parking here, no escape routes. So they're going to get pictures, they're going to find you. In LA, [his own usual US base], it's more catered to these things — you've got back entrances and that,” said Zayn.
However, fortunately for the star who, over the years, has been candid about his struggles with anxiety and finding his own identity post One Direction, has Gigi right by his side. According to Zayn, she has really “assisted” him with things and despite their fame, they are very much a “normal couple.”
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When asked whether having a partner who is used to fame herself helps, Zayn admitted, “Gigi gets it and she's very understanding. 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. I'm with her because I like her and I hope she's with me because she likes me.”
The Pillow Talk hit-maker continued, “When we come home, we don't really talk about that stuff. We just spend time together like normal, cook food, watch TV, and have a laugh.”
The pair's ability to enjoy each other away from the shutter bugs is something Gigi herself has mentioned previously, admitting Zayn has sparked off her new-found addiction for baked beans, tea and butter chicken.
Zayn added, “I've got into a thing of cooking pies recently. I cook a mean chicken and sweetcorn pie, with Alfredo sauce. I make my own pastry, roll it out and everything.”
Zayn Malik, ladies and gentleman… singer, designer, pie chef and all-around heartthrob.
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