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Zayn Malik Talks Gigi Hadid, One Direction, & More For New 'Paper' Magazine Cover

Zayn Malik Talks Gigi Hadid, One Direction, & More For New 'Paper' Magazine Cover

Zayn Malik is smoldering and surrounded by smoke on the brand new #Sexy summer issue of Paper magazine, on newsstands June 21.

Here’s what the 23-year-old “Pillowtalk” performer had to share with the mag:

On not being allowed to have a beard in One Direction: “Facial hair was a weird thing. I think it’s ’cause I just looked old. And they didn’t like that. [And] I always wanted a beard! I think every dude does when they’re young. Seeing Al Pacino in Carlito’s Way — I needed the goatee after that. I was like, ‘I wanna be Al Pacino.’ I’ve always been obsessed with that, and I had to shave it off. I used to get a bit sad.”

On Gigi Hadid: “I’ve always said it and I still stand by it: I find intelligence attractive. When I learn something from somebody and they teach me something, that’s an attractive thing for me. Obviously, I find physical appearance attractive as well, but it’s definitely squared more towards a personality as I’ve gotten older, because you can’t have a long-term relationship unless you get on with the person. It doesn’t matter really about the exterior.”

On his social life: “I don’t really enjoy going out too much and partying. I like to have my own time and be at home, and I kind of need a partner with me to do that. I just like the security of that. It feels good to me. It feels right. We’ll see each other tonight and probably watch a film. Netflix and chill. Yeah, we do that a lot.”

For more on Zayn, visit

FYI: Zayn is wearing an Enfants Riches Déprimés jacket on the cover.

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Photos: Courtesy of PAPER Magazine / Photography by Paola Kudacki
Posted to: Magazine, Zayn Malik

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  • Khazija

    Again, the media is focusing on certain soundbytes out of context to generate certain headlines. There is a lot more to the story but I digress. Zayn looks gorgeous in the spread. I would suggest that people actually read the full interview.

    He also talks about Malay Ho, his tattoos, his outlook on life, and why he designed a Pirates of the Carribbean-themed pub in his house. We get more snippets about him.

  • Gina

    A lot of his interviews have a bit of fiction mixed in with a bit of truth; thanks to his PR team. Certain things that are said, don’t even sound like him. True fans of Zayn (like you and me) can weed through the bull and figure it out, though.

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  • Aloe Vera

    This kid just sounds like he’s trying way too hard to be cool:/

  • Khazija

    HIs haters need to stop recycling that line to criticize everything he does or says. I guess they can’t handle anything more raw.

  • Aliyah

    Outsiders would think that. People that have watched him grow into his own person would know that Zayn is genuine, kind, and sweet. He’s not trying to be cool. He’s telling his fans about himself. It’s so funny how haters try to jump on comments he’s made about 1D. Can’t handle the truth.

  • Aliyah

    People need to realize that he’s more of an introvert. Unfortunately, many introverts have been misunderstood. Zayn has the image of a bad boy. In reality, he has anxiety. He doesn’t like partying. He’s not much of a socializer. It’s okay. Just because he doesn’t live up to your image of a celebrity, doesn’t mean he’s not the most talented, hardworking guy out there. I’m proud of him and I can’t complain about this type of promo. Give Zayn a chance. He will surprise you.

  • Aliyah

    I really want an interviewer that doesn’t ask him about his past. A truly Zayn centric interview. Someone ask him what his favorite colour is…or what his musical inspiration is. I feel like he gets asked certain questions repeatedly. Can they just avoid questions about his personal life and focus on his music? What makes Zayn tick.
    Love the pictures though. Can’t complain

  • Cass

    I agree 100%.

  • Cass

    Why is this only centered around what he said bout 1d and gigi? the interview was more focused on him, just as this article SHOULD have been

  • An

    I disagree. Zayn is just being himself, but people like you will always misconstrue the intent behind his words.

  • An

    There is too much focus on Gigi and 1D. After all, this is Zayn’s interview/

    Zayn talked about a number of things, which provided a deeper insight about him as individual but of course this won’t be mentioned by the media. The headlines and content of said articles based on this interview are misleading.