Written by Sara Bordon, January 29, 2016

Former One Direction heart-throb, Zayn Malik, has opened up about life and love in his first broadcast interview since leaving the band in March last year.

The 23-year-old chatted about his new music and what life has been like since leaving the boy band, but was surprisingly shy about his new relationship with model Gigi Hadid, 20.

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Zayn talked openly about his feelings regarding his involvement in One Direction, stating matter-of-factly that he hadn’t wanted to be a part of it for a long time.

‘I always wanted to go, from the first year really. I never really wanted to be in the band. I just gave it a go because it was there at the time,’ Zayn reveals.

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But when Zayn started to talk about his new life and career, he was quickly caught off-guard by radio host Zane Lowe when asked about his relationship with the model.

‘And you’re in a relationship too by the sound of it,’ Zane ventured.

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The star started to agree and then seemed to backtrack, realising what he was saying!

‘Yeah, definitely. Well, uh, yeah, we’re good friends, yeah,’ Zayn replied.

The couple have been spotted together on numerous occasions over the past few months and were even reported to be house-hunting.

Gigi has also given Zayn the very high honour of being her phone screensaver – we wonder what she thinks about Zayn’s confession?

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