One Direction star Zayn Malik has sensationally left the band’s tour of the Philippines. The official reason given for his departure was “stress.” Malik’s move comes just days after allegations emerged that he cheated on his fiancee, Perrie Edwards, with a girl named Lauren Rich.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. She Spotted Getting Up-Close & Personal With Malik in a Thai Nightclub
The Daily Mirror in the UK reports that Malik and Rich were spotted out partying on the Thai island of Phuket. Photos circulated on Twitter showing the two holding hands and hugging outside of a nightclub.
2. Malik Has Blamed ‘Jealous F’cks’ for the Media Storm
Malik hit back against the accusations in a Twitter rant where he said, “I’m 22 years old… I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there’s a lot of jealous f*cks in this world I’m sorry for what it looks like x.”
3. Rich & Malk Share a Love of Getting Inked Up
According to her Twitter account, Rich is an Essex girl. She’s a gym enthusiast, in a July tweet she wrote, “Gym is my new bf…morning workout done #cardio #abs.” She goes by @Laurenrich_x on Twitter and Instagram. Much like Zayn Malik, Rich is covered in tattoos.
4. Her Friends Think 1D Fans Are Getting Too Carried Away
On Twitter, Rich’s friends have been backing her. One friend, who goes by the handle Flo Monroe wrote, “over a few pictures it’s abit ridiculous ain’t it?!! Seriously crazy fans out there.” Another, Jo Anne Pond, replied, “oi flo im actually cracking up.. Over a pic. Its just a pic and ppl are crazy lol.” That conversation was rounded up by Rich’s friend, Sophie Englander who said, “Wow the Internet is a crazy place.”
5. This Isn’t the First Time Malik Has Been Accused of Cheating
Prior to hitching up with Perrie Edwards, Malik was dating British singer, Rebecca Ferguson. This isn’t the first time that Malik has been accused of cheating on Edwards, he was rumored to having an affair with another Brit singer, Cher Lloyd, in 2011. Malik has been engaged to Edwards since 2013, though a wedding isn’t on the horizon due to what he calls their respective busy schedules.