Zayn Malik Gets Real About What It's Like Being In A 'Power Couple' With Gigi Hadid

The 24-year-old singer has opened up about his relationship with model Gigi Hadid, his new skills in the kitchen, and living life incognito.

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As one half of a celebrity couple, with a solo album that debuted at number one in both the UK and US charts last year, and has amassed a whopping one billion downloads on Spotify, following several years as a member of the internationally renowned boyband One Direction, it's safe to say ELLE's 2016 September cover star, Zayn Malik, can't exactly pop to the shops for a pint of milk without, at the very least, a head turn from a passerby.

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'It's a really weird world,' he tells the Evening Standard, discussing his view of fame. 'I don't think there's anywhere I could be anonymous now.'

Opening up about the difficulties of living life in the spotlight, the Bradford-born star reveals when he stays with his longterm girlfriend, model Gigi Hadid, in New York, it's difficult to indulge in the occasional moment of anonymity.

He says: 'In New York [where Hadid is based], 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,' he adds.

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 - he has a supportive girlfriend by his side.

Revealing the 22-year-old model - who has her own collection with Tommy Hilfiger - 'assisted' him in his latest capsule collection for Versace's diffusion line Versus – modelled by Gigi's sister, Bella, in the campaign –, the 'Still Got Time' crooner said that despite their fame, him and Gigi are very much a 'normal couple'.

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When asked whether having a partner who is used to fame (Hadid's mother, Yolanda, stars in the reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) helps, Malik admits: 'She gets it, 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. When we come home, we don't really talk about that sh*t. We just spend time together as a normal couple, cook food, watch TV, have a laugh,' he adds.

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The pair's ability to enjoy each other's company away from the shutter bugs is something Gigi herself has mentioned previously, admitting her British boyfriend has sparked off her new-found addiction for Heinz Baked Beans, tea and butter chicken.

Malik concludes: '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- singer, designer, pie chef.

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