NEWS

Zayn Malik Talks Wooing Gigi Hadid With Yorkshire Pudding, Leaving One Direction

by Jennifer Drysdale 12:55 PM PDT, November 03, 2016
Photo: Getty Images

According to Zayn Malik, the key to Gigi Hadid's heart is through her stomach.

The 23-year-old singer opens up about his relationship with the model in a new interview with ES Magazine, where he confesses to wooing Hadid with his cooking, and admits they've now shacked up.

WATCH: Gigi Hadid Says She Sings Show Tunes With Zayn Malik: 'He's a Big Goofball'

Malik says the two met at a Victoria's Secret party last year, where he recognized Hadid "from her picture" and asked her out, right then and there. The two then had a "really nice" first date at the Bowery Hotel's restaurant, Gemma, in New York.

While the couple was first photographed together in November 2015, Malik didn't confirm that he and Hadid were dating until after she starred in his steamy "Pillowtalk" music video in February. 

"She's a very intelligent woman. She knows how to carry herself. She's quite classy and that. She's not, like, arrogant in any way, she's confident. She carries it well. She's cool," he tells the magazine, before boasting about Hadid's singing voice. "She's got a nice voice, I like her voice."

Almost a year into their relationship, the couple has met each other's families -- the "Like I Would" singer describes Hadid's family as "cool," but notes that her mother, Yolanda, has Lyme disease and isn't well.

RELATED: 9 Things We Learned About Zayn Malik in His New Book: Anxiety, Evictions and How His Mom Helped Him Exit One Direction

According to Malik, the two spend as much time together as they can, either at his home in Los Angeles, or her New York City apartment. "We haven't officially swapped keys or anything yet," he explains, "[but] we live together wherever we are."

These days, the couple stays in, where Malik is happy to cook "steak and potato pie, Sunday roast dinner and Yorkshire pudding," for the 21-year-old model. "Yeah, she likes a good Yorkshire pudding," he adds of the British delicacy. To drink, he'll have whiskey, "Jameson or Glenfiddich," and she'll have "spicy margaritas with jalapeños -- crazy."

Malik, who has moved on from his One Direction days with a supermodel girlfriend and a solo career, also dishes on his departure from the boy band.

"It was just a continuous struggle because I was hurried into a situation that I didn't necessarily want to be in," he says, adding that the band was so heavily managed that he didn't even write his own exit announcement. "Obviously I had to stop feeling like that. So one day I stopped being in the band."

RELATED: Zayn Malik Apologizes to Fans After Canceling Dubai Show Due to 'Extreme Anxiety'

"If I could go back, I'd have a few more years of anonymity," he admits. "Just so I had that time to just get my head around being a famous person."

The former X Factor star talks more about his time in One Direction in his new autobiography, Zayn, revealing that he suffered from an eating disorder before leaving the band in 2015.

"Something I've never talked about in public before, but which I have come to terms with since leaving the band, is that I was suffering from an eating disorder," he writes. "It wasn't as though I had any concerns about my weight or anything like that. I'd just go for days -- sometimes two or three days straight -- without eating anything at all."

"It got quite serious," he confesses, noting that at the time he "didn't recognize it for what it was."

WATCH: Zayn Malik Says One Direction Was an 'Incredible Experience': 'I Can Honestly Say I'm Proud'

See more in the video below.

SHARE ON FACEBOOK SHARE SHARE ON TWITTER TWEET