Zayn’s relationship with Perrie Edwards proves Zigi was doomed from the start
I know Gigi and Zayn have been “goals” for the past two years, and from the moment they began dating, shippers were losing their minds.
But, I’m here to tell you that their relationship was doomed from the start.
Let me first give a little history lesson. Back in the day, former One Direction member, Zayn Malik, used to date Little Mix member, Perrie Edwards. Not on did they date, they were also engaged.
Their relationship began back in 2012, but the couple met and started getting to know each other in 2011. They seemed like a perfectly happy couple, other than the dozens of cheating rumors early on in the relationship that made fans think Zayn was a subpar and un-loyal boyfriend.
Zayn was said to have slept with random fans on tour, and some alleged voice recordings of him directing women to his hotel room came to light. He also was rumored to be involved with a women named Courtney Webb, after she sold a photo to the papers of Zayn sleeping after a night together. Suspicious.
Both of them denied the rumors, though, and continued on with their relationship as if nothing had happened. They got a dog together, and Zayn got a tattoo of Perrie on his bicep to prove his love (as many lovesick youngins do).
“It must be love, to be honest. When I’m away from him, I guess he can just take a look at his arm and remind him of me. So it’s a lovely compliment, really. I love it, it’s lovely,” said Perrie during an interview at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards.
At the 2013 premiere of the One Direction movie “This Is Us,” the pair sparked rumors of an engagement when Perrie showed up with a rock on her finger. Perrie’s mom later confirmed the engagement to the Dorset Echo newspaper, saying, “It’s official. I’m over the moon. They are really in love.”
They definitely seemed to be in love, and had a long engagement of around two years. Zayn straight up bought Perrie a house in Dorset, and he threw her a ridiculously large 21st birthday party. Afterwards, Perrie kept being seen without her engagement ring. She swore that it was just being cleaned and that the engagement was very much still on.
But, as most cheaters do, Zayn allegedly cheated again. He was pictured cuddling up behind and holding hands a woman named Lauren Richardson in a Thai nightclub. Lauren also posted several photos of her with Zayn to her Instagram. Again, sus. Zayn tried clearing the air by tweeting to say that the rumors were from someone who was just jealous.
I’m 22 years old… I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there’s a lot of jealous fucks in this world I’m sorry for what it looks like x
— zayn (@zaynmalik) March 18, 2015
Later on, Zayn announced he was leaving One Direction. Perrie stood by his side, but said she was tired of people asking her when the wedding was going down. “I’ll get married when I’m BLOODY READY,” she told Capital FM.
A month later, Zayn signed a solo deal with RCA Records and broke off his engagement with Perrie, allegedly via text. “It was horrible, the worst time in my life. A four-year relationship, two-year engagement ended by a simple text message. Just like that,” wrote Perrie, in an excerpt from Little Mix’s book, “One World.”
But, Zayn told FADER that wasn’t true. “I have more respect for Perrie than to end anything over text message. I love her a lot, and I always will, and I would never end our relationship over four years like that. She knows that, I know that, and the public should know that as well. I don’t want to explain why or what I did, I just want the public to know I didn’t do that,” he says.
It was messy, though. Perrie claimed she was left without a home and with nowhere to go post-split, as if heartbreak wasn’t enough. It’s a good thing she had her bandmates there to support her, as she mentions she couldn’t stop crying over Zayn.
Zayn seemed to not be as broken up about the whole thing. Enter, Gigi Hadid.
After some pap shots and rumors, Gigi and Zayn confirmed their relationship via Instagram.
The Perrie shade! I am not even a Perrie fan, but I remember this shaking me to my core the day the news broke. To me, this was some real proof that men really are trash. Even dreamy, sexy, alluring ones like Zayn Malik.
Now, we all know the rest (I hope). Gigi and Zayn have been confirmed to be dating ever since that post on December 20th, 2015, and they have been branded by fans everywhere as “couple goals.” They broke the Internet at the 2016 Met Gala. They have posted numerous adorable couple photos of each other. Zayn even had Gigi star in his solo breakout music video for his song, “Pillowtalk.”
But, the ghost of Zayn’s past seemed to be hard for him to escape. Zayn and Perrie basically fired shots at each other every chance they could get, because when a relationship ends as sour as theirs did, what else do you expect?
Zayn’s mom even got involved and posted a picture of Gigi and Zayn on her Instagram, and a fan commented mentioning how much better Gigi is for Zayn. In the comment, the fan also said that Perrie never loved Zayn, and Zayn’s mom went on to like said comment.
Perrie’s band, Little Mix, released a song called “Shout Out To My Ex,” a breakup anthem of Perrie allegedly saying thanks to Zayn for making her wake up and realize why she didn’t need him.
Shade was thrown at Gigi, at Zayn, at Perrie, at bandmates, at fans, and more. This love triangle was at war from the very start. After Zayn broke off the engagement the way he did and soon (very soon) after began seeing Gigi, the new relationship was doomed.
I have always, and will always, say this: You cannot start a new relationship if you left the last one on negative terms. That’s just the way it goes. Gigi and Zayn breaking up sort of felt inevitable to me because of 1. Zayn’s alleged wandering eye for the entirety of his prior relationship and 2. the way Zayn left things off with Perrie.
— zayn (@zaynmalik) March 13, 2018
How someone treats their partner is bound to be carried over to future relationships. No one can say what caused this breakup, but Zayn seems to be a drama queen who is bad at relationships, which makes me a lot less intrigued by him.
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) March 13, 2018
While Gigi seems to have no hard feelings towards Zayn, I can’t help but wonder if something bigger went down behind the scenes. We may never know what really broke the two up, but we do know what happened between him and Perrie.
Sometimes I wanna scream #justiceforperrie from the rooftops, because I know how unexpected and cutthroat heartbreak can feel. But, it seems that Perrie has been able to move on, and it looks as though she is really happy in her new relationship.
I guess the lesson here is, put out into the world what you want to receive back. Next time you want to hit up your bae and tell them it’s over via voicemail, just don’t. Try, if you can, to end things in a manner that doesn’t leave the other party broken and untrusting for years to come.