In a revealing new interview with Evening Standard, the former One Directioner, who just debuted a Verses partnership with Versace, got candid on a variety of subjects, including trying (and failing) to live a normal life under the eyes of the paparazzi, being the most high-profile British Muslim in entertainment, facing his anxiety disorder and his much-talked-about relationship with “It” girl Gigi Hadid. So needless to say, things got real.

Of his relationship being the prime target for paps, the singer says it’s difficult spending time in the Big Apple.

“In New York [where Hadid is based], you can sometimes get out in the early hours of the morning for a walk,” he said. “But there’s no underground parking here, no escape routes. So they’re going to get pictures, they’re going to find you. In L.A. [his US base], it’s more catered to these things—you’ve got back entrances and that.”

In the interview, the Brit brought up the subject of being dubbed a “power couple” with his supermodel girlfriend and he says he wants nothing to do with that concept.

“That’s not something I want to be a part of,” he said. “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 s**t. We just spend time together as a normal couple, cook food, watch TV, have a laugh.”

So what does this self-proclaimed non-power-couple love to do: “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.”

Not exactly the wild picture of young Hollywood you’d imagine…


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