The first of the new year has shown that Zayn Malik has been taking time off from the celebrity world, but it does not mean that he is not headlining in the media. For example, Zayn Malik has been given credit by a member of 5SOS for making him "buff" while real estate rumors continue in NYC.
Although most of these headlines favor Zayn Malik, there has been one rainy cloud on his horizon -- and it concerns his beloved grandmother that passed away on January 3, according to the Daily Mail,
Wearing an evil eye ring for good luck around January 9, it seemed like Zayn Malik was back to better times, according to his Instagram account.
Regardless, following that change in mood, most people were still mourning David Bowie around January 12, according to Billboard. This meant that Zayn Malik had to muster through his birthday while music lovers were crying for one of the greatest legends in pop music.
However, it appears Zayn Malik may have spent his birthday being doted upon by his new squeeze, Gigi Hadid. TV3 stated that Gigi Hadid appears to have a new necklace -- and it is possibly Zayn Malik-related. On her Instagram account, Gigi Hadid posted a picture of a "Z" pendant with the caption of "Zday" on Zayn Malik's birthday.
This is great news considering that Zayn Malik might be feeling lonely for old friends. Unfortunately, the Metro reports on January 13 that Zayn Malik is coming clean about the fact that no one from One Direction actually calls him anymore. Zayn Malik was quoted by L'Uomo Vogue stating the following.
"I did try to reach out to a couple of people and they didn't get back to me, but then publicly, when they were asked questions about it, said that they'd spoken to me and that we were friends. But that's not the case, I tried to reach out and be their friend but they haven't even replied to any of my calls or texts."Of course, One Direction might be dealing with their own internal drama -- and the big news was that One Direction almost split up … but didn't.
Hello Magazine took the time to clear the air, and they reported that Zayn Malik might be getting the cold shoulder from One Direction, but it is not because they are about to call it quits as a band. According to their January 14 report, the rumors that 1D might be following in Zayn Malik's footsteps with going solo began because One Direction still has not renewed their contract.
In the meantime, there is one person in particular that is taking time to thank Zayn Malik and One Direction for helping him look sexy. Ashton Irwin of 5SOS was quoted by UnReality TV for thanking One Direction and Zayn Malik for helping him with role modeling about the importance of fitness.
Allegedly, before 5SOS' Ashton Irwin went on the road with One Direction and Zayn Malik, he had no idea about fitness regimens and avoiding junk food to get a fit body.
Outside of creating better boy bands one person at a time without even trying, Zayn Malik has been making waves in the NYC real estate market by house hunting, according to rumors.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, in the recent past, it was implied that Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid might be looking for a place together in NYC.
It was also rumored that Zayn Malik was going to buy an apartment in NYC and this was even more confusing because Gigi Hadid has been trying to sell her own NYC real estate for months.
Whether or not they would share a piece of NYC real estate together, it was never confirmed if Zayn Malik was actually looking for an apartment in the first place.
Despite this, Curbed New York states that Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid may have been looking at a particular piece of real estate in NYC in the recent past. According to their January 14 report, "[Gigi Hadid and ] Zayn Malik scoped out a $6.495 million cond op at Annabelle Selldorf's terracotta stunner, [at] 10 Bond [in NYC]."
Sadly, it appears that Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid might be running into her ex a lot if they all start spending more time in NYC.
The NY Post reports on January 14 that Joe Jonas has also been looking for real estate in NYC -- and this means that they might accidentally wind up running into Gigi Hadid or Zayn Malik while shopping for home basics on Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. This is especially true since Joe Jonas is looking in Noho and Zayn Malik is potentially nearby in Chelsea -- and both neighborhoods are in the Manhattan neighborhood.
Naturally, fans would like to see less of Zayn Malik's girlfriend and his real estate empire and more focus on his solo music.
The anticipation for Zayn Malik's first solo release has led to some far stretches of the imagination and Capital FM has created their own wish list for Zayn Malik's independent project. Things they are interested in include hearing more about the kitten Zayn Malik posts pics of on Instagram and whether there will be any hidden messages in Zayn's songs about One Direction (or Gigi Hadid?).
For other fans, their ideas about Zayn Malik's future include singing and acting. For example, other future projects that fans are suggesting for Zayn Malik in 2016 include NBC's live musical Hairspray. Queerty suggested that NBC should consider casting Zayn Malik or Harry Styles for the character Link Larkin.
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