Sorry, One Direction fans: Zayn Malik is officially off the market! The year-old British singer is engaged to girlfriend Perrie Edwards after popping the question on Sunday, Aug. Malik's rep confirms to Us Weekly , "Zayn and Perrie are engaged, but any further detail regarding their relationship is private. They got engaged on Sunday and it was absolutely lovely and, you know, I feel. Edwards proudly flaunted her diamond engagement ring on the red carpet Tuesday while posing with bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall. The future Mrs.
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The group signed with Simon Cowell 's record label Syco Records after forming and finishing third in the seventh series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor in After the release of Four , One Direction became the first band in the US Billboard history to have their first four albums debut at number one. Considered teen idols , One Direction were often subject to fan hysteria. As of , the band have sold a total of 70 million records worldwide,  making them one of the best-selling boy bands of all time. Nicole Scherzinger , a guest judge,    and Simon Cowell have both claimed to have come up with the idea of forming the band. In , Cowell said that it "took him 10 minutes to put them together as a group".
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Doe-eyed Niall Horan missed a chance of finding true love when fame put a wedge between the year-old and a high school sweet heart back in his home town of Mullingar, Ireland. But then he was doing that and she was doing exams, so life is very different for him now. Liam Payne decided to shave off his locks after breaking up with Danielle Peazer after two years. Friends said Peazer struggled to tie down the year-old and keep up with his famous world. Liam Payne and Leona Lewis did their best to try out a showmance last year when the year-old Bleeding Love singer revealed she had been hanging around with her new 1D toyboy, who is eight years younger.
Zayn Malik is currently dating Gigi Hadid and they are expecting their first child together, but who has the One Direction star been romantically linked to in the past? During his time on The X Factor, in , Zayn ended up hooking up with fellow finalist Geneva Lane, but it looks like their short romance didn't end well. Zayn Malik and Geneva Lane. Zayn and X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson dated for four months back in , despite their six-year age gap.