Zayn Malik told NOW: ‘When I’m away at work, Perrie understands because it’s the business. Our jobs are full-on every single hour of the day. She gets that because she has to do exactly the same thing. We have a lot of trust and understanding between us. I think that’s why our relationship works. It can be difficult [to keep up a relationship on the road] but that depends on the situation and the people.
We had an understanding from the start. I told her, ‘This is my job, this is what’s going to happen, stories will come out. Do you still want to be with me?’ That was established from the start and after that it was about me and her. Perrie has a lot of trust in me and I have a lot of trust in her. That’s why it works.’
Zayn on Rebecca Ferguson breakup: ‘It was just a weird situation and a weird time I was going through being away from home on the X Factor tour,. To get that comfort and friendship from someone was nice. But I think it was a wrong decision to make at such a young age. Then it did end quite badly so we don’t talk any more.
That was definitely unrealistic. That’s evident now.’ Rebecca was more open to media: ‘I tried to stay away from getting into that because I’m not interested in the technicalities of whatever happened. It was just a wrong idea from the start. It shouldn’t have happened. It did. And then we dealt with it and went our separate ways.’