Zayn Malik’s Dating History – A Complete List of Girlfriends

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The bad boy from One Direction is not only known for his devilishly handsome looks, but also his intimate hookups.

Zayn Malik was famously engaged to a member of the world’s biggest girl groups (Perrie from Little Mix), before ditching her and his band for a life in the U.S. He then began having flings (and babies) with American superstars like Gigi Hadid and Selena Gomez (because, duh, who wouldn’t want to live the ultimate Hollywood dream?).

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There are however, many facts about Zayn and his love life that you probably didn’t know. The heartthrob has had his fair share of hook-ups and relationships whilst growing up in the limelight.

To find out which other lucky ladies and ex-girlfriends have been linked to the brooding baddie, check out a timeline of Zayn Malik’s dating history below…

Rumored Ex: Cher Lloyd

Who is She? Singer
Dated In: October 2010

Zayn was rumored to have dated the British bombshell during their shared time on the popular U.K. talent show, The X Factor. I mean, who blames them? They were both young, single and on the rise to stardom. Although there was no actual evidence, and Zayn reassured us in an interview that they were “just good friends”, the two were rumored to have kissed in the contestants’ house.

Ex: Geneva Lane

Who is She? Singer
Dated In: Oct 2010 –Feb 2011

The Nobody is Listening singer was briefly linked to another X Factor beauty in 2010 (seems like a running theme). Their romance was short ended when Zayn had eyes for another pop princess. Following their split, Geneva was left in the dumps and said that: “Zayn’s a heartbreaker. When I found out he was seeing Rebecca I felt numb. He told me he loved me and promised me the world.”

Ex: Rebecca Ferguson

Who is She? Singer
Dated In: March – July 2011

The X Factor whirlwind continued with Zayn leaving one contestant for another. When these two hooked up, Zayn was just 18 years-old and Rebecca was six years his elder, leaving fans gob-smacked with the huge age-gap. Surprisingly, or not, the two didn’t last long, stating that the age difference was in fact, “too much to handle”. She told The Independent in 2013 that the short fling was her “first mistake”. 

Ex: Stephanie Davis

Who is She? Soap opera star
Dated In: July – Dec 2011

Zayn shared a short love affair with British actress, Stephanie for five months in 2011. Although they didn’t split on bad terms, the couple just went their separate ways knowing that they both weren’t ‘the one’ for each other (quite mature for the former One Directioner). Stephanie did reveal, however, that she was the one to end things as “he [wasn’t] happy, even when I was going out with him,” 

Ex: Perrie Edwards

Who is She? Little Mix star
Dated In: Dec 2011 – Aug 2015

Zayn set his eyes on the X Factor winner in 2011, and they soon became the ‘power couple’ of the nation. With both Perrie and Zayn excelling in their careers and love life, it seemed that the pair were truly unstoppable.

In April 2013, they sent Directioners and Mixers (or shall we say ‘Zerrie’ fans?) into a frenzy by announcing their engagement, making it seem like the bad boy had finally been tamed. Sadly, this fairy-tale romance didn’t last and the two split in August 2015, soon after he quit One Direction.

We don’t know what officially led to Zayn and Perrie’s split, but the Little Mix singer did reveal in the band’s book, Our World, that Zayn had actually ended the relationship via text message (in which he denied).

“It was horrible, the worst time in my life,” she wrote. “A four-year relationship, two year engagement ended by a simple text message. Just like that. Even though things in my career were going really well, it was incredibly difficult for me.”

Rumored Ex: Selena Gomez

Who is She? Singer
Dated In: December 2012 (might officially be dating now – scroll down!)

During the Jelena (a.k.a. Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez) split, the Mind of Mine singer was dragged into the mix when Justin accused Selena of cheating on him with the former 1D lad. Zayn was quick to shut down the rumors by confirming that he and Selena were only ever friends and nothing more.

Justin’s accusations root back to 2012, when it was rumored that Selena was seeing Zayn, while her BFF Taylor Swift was dating Harry Styles.

Update: Zayn and Selena might *actually* be dating now – scroll down for more deets!

Rumored Ex: Courtney Webb

Who is She? Waitress
Dated In: January 2013

This ‘nobody’ took to Instagram to create some havoc in the heartthrob’s life, when she posted a shirtless photo of Zayn in bed, claiming that he’d cheated on his sweetheart, Perrie, just a few months before they got engaged. The power couple put the rumors to bed, however, and remained united after the intense drama.

Rumored Ex: Neelam Gill

Who is She? Model
Dated In: August 2015

The vocal singer was reportedly “smitten” with Burberry model, Naleem Gill, just weeks after dumping fiancé Perrie Edwards via text. It was said that Zayn had his eyes on the supermodel when they first met at a recording studio, while he was still engaged to Perrie. This love didn’t last in paradise, though, as the two split due to hectic work schedules.

Rumored Ex: Rita Ora

Who is She? Singer
Dated In: September 2015

Zayn and Rita Ora were rumored to have hooked up after being spotted together on a dinner date in the summer of 2015. It was never confirmed if they were an item or not, but Rita didn’t deny it when asked about her relationship during an interview on Watch What Happens Live. What does that tell you?

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Ex: Carlyn Bryan

Who is She? PR Girl
Dated In: September 2015

At least Zayn doesn’t only date popular celebrities; he has also been linked to normal ladies, like you and I (does that mean we stand a chance, too?) This blonde bombshell released a photo of the two in a too-close-for-comfort pose on Instagram, shortly after his split with Perrie.

The controversial star did not confirm or deny any allegations, so we only have this selfie to make judgement on.

Rumored Ex: Wallis Day

Who is She? Actress
Dated In: October 2015

Here’s yet another love story that never was… Zayn was also linked to Perrie lookalike, Wallis Day, shortly after his brutal breakup. The two were pictured leaving London Hotspot, Nobu in November 2015, but no further proof was released of a budding romance.

Rumored Ex: Taylor Swift

Who is She? Singer
Dated In: January 2017

Although he was dating Gigi Hadid at the time, rumors swirled that the ex-One Directioner had a fling with her friend, Taylor Swift. The popular singers released the duet, I Don’t Want to Live Forever, sending their fans into turmoil. The public were quick to speculate if Zayn and Taylor had underlying love for each other, but both parties confirmed that they just admire each other’s talent.

Ex: Gigi Hadid

Who is She? Supermodel
Dated In: Nov 2015 – Oct 2021

Zayn’s girlfriends are picked wisely. Gigi and Zayn first laid eyes on each other and fueled dating rumors in November 2015, when they were spotted leaving The Nice Guy together. The pair soon went official and became one of the most famous couples in the world, when they done a joint photoshoot for Vogue magazine, totally melting everyone’s hearts.

Although Zayn and Gigi went through a brief breakup in 2018 (after “growing apart”) and in 2019, before we knew it, they were back together again just a year later. This time, Zayn’s relationship with Gigi was the real deal as they’d made their baby announcement. Baby Khai was born in September 2020.

The on-and-off couple of nearly six years, officially called it quit in late 2021 after Zayn was accused of “striking” his mother-in-law Yolanda Hadid (in which he quickly denied).

Rumored Girlfriend: Selena Gomez

Who is She? Singer/Actress
Dated In: April 2023 – Now

TikTok user Klarissa Garcia went viral after revealing in her video that Zayn and Selena Gomez were spotted out at dinner together in a New York restaurant.

In the clip, Garcia publicized messages from a friend who works at the restaurant, which wrote, “Tell me how Selena Gomez and Zayn just walked into [restaurant] hand in hand making out and I seated them.”

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We’ve yet to see any photos to back up this rumored hook-up, but it’s not hard to believe. Selena Gomez is one of the few people that Zayn follows on Instagram and back in 2013, when asked which 1D member she would kiss, Selena replied, “Zayn”.

By the looks of Zayn Malik’s dating history, it’s clear that he’s been in and out of love. Just when it seemed like he was truly smitten with Gigi Hadid, it all came crashing down.

Which girlfriend do you think was best suited to the popstar? Was Zayn’s ex Perrie the one he should have never let go? Or is he better suited to his latest beau Selena Gomez? Let us know in the comments!

This article was originally published in January 2018.


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  • Joanna Zambas

    Joanna has a history in the fashion world; having studied lifestyle and fashion journalism at BA and MA level, she then proceeded to work in the hustle and bustle of fashion PR. These days you can find her working in the marketing sphere, content writing and religiously following the ins and outs of the entertainment world. She’s obsessed with celebrity style and the Kardashians – but who isn’t?!

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Faweeza Hoorzook
1 year ago

Tell Zayn to call me…I’ll date him. Perhaps I’m what he is looking for. Let him know I exist lol

1 year ago

I was not expecting this from zayn.. He should have dated some more chicks..

3 years ago

Very bad portrayal of zayn he didn’t date many of these