What generally follows the sudden rise to fame is usually a slew of very public relationships and innumerous public crushes – no matter the genre or the star.
Zayn Malik, the former One Direction heartthrob has transformed himself from a cute pop star into a smoldering bad boy ever since he left the boy band back in 2015. Malik has had many girlfriends ever since he rose to fame through the British television show, The X Factor. Like all boy bands and their relationships, not all of Malik’s relationships ended well. We will have to wait and to see how long Malik’s budding relationship with supermodel, Gigi Hadid, lasts given his tumultuous romantic history.
Geneva Lane 2010-2011
Weeks after rumors circulated that Zayn was seeing Cher Lloyd, Zayn began a relationship with Geneva Lane, a member of Belle Amie and fellow The X Factor contestant. Due to Simon Cowell’s strict ban against contestants dating, the two denied that there was a relationship. They revealed themselves as a couple when cameras captured them kissed during the season seven finale of The X Factor. After they broke up, Geneva said, “Zayn’s a heartbreaker. When I found out he was seeing Rebecca, I felt numb.” Lane states that she and Zayn remained friends, but rarely talk because of his busy schedule.
Rebecca Ferguson 2011-2011
Zayn and Rebecca drew attention because of the six year age difference between the two (he was 18-years-old and she was 24-years-old at the time they began dating). The two met when they were on The X Factor, but Ferguson stated that “it took a while before we looked at each other in a different light.” The relationship ended after four months in July 2011 with Ferguson claiming that the two “just grew apart.” However, recently Ferguson has alluded to various times that Malik was unfaithful to her when they were dating.
Perrie Edwards 2012-2015Karwai Tang/Getty Images.
Zayn met yet another girlfriend through The X Factor. The two first met when One Direction returned to perform on the show. Rumors began to fly about Zayn and Perrie after Malik revealed that he had a crush on her. In May 2012, Malik confirmed that the two were dating. In May 2013, Malik proposed to Perrie. In August 2015, it was confirmed that Zayn and Perrie had officially split up with Zayn calling off the engagement. It was rumored that Zayn broke up with Perrie via text message, but he denied those claims in an interview with Fader magazine in November 2015.
Gigi Hadid 2015-2017Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images.
On November 23, 2015, rumors arose that Zayn was dating 20-year-old supermodel, Gigi Hadid. They were seen leaving Los Angeles nightclubs and restaurants on the 23rd and 24th of November. On November 28th, they were seen leaving The Nice Guy nightclub holding hands. Hadid’s ex-boyfriend, Joe Jonas, responded to the photo by unfollowing Malik on both Twitter and Instagram and deleting photos of himself and Malik. Malik and Hadid solidified their relationship status by sharing photos of each other on Instagram. When first asked about the relationship by Zane Lowe, Hadid responded that they were just “good friends.” In February 2016, Malik confirmed that Hadid was his girlfriend in a radio interview with Zach Sang and they have been dating ever since.