Zayn Malik Opens Up About His Favorite Pastime with Girlfriend Gigi Hadid

Zayn Malik and his smouldering good looks appear on the cover of Paper magazine’s Sexy Issue.

Not only does he take off his shirt in more than one photo, but he gets super candid about his relationship with Gigi Hadid, how much he loves his beard, and more. He also discusses what he finds really attractive in the opposite sex.

“I’ve always said and I still stand by it: I find intelligence attractive,” he explained. “When I learn something from somebody and they teach me something, that’s an attractive thing for me. Obviously, I find physical appearance attractive as well, but it’s definitely squared more towards a personality as I’ve gotten older because you can’t have a long-term relationship unless you get on with the person. It doesn’t matter really about the exterior.”

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So does his supermodel girlfriend possess all these qualities? We think so. However, what he enjoys doing the most with her is hanging out. “We’ll see each other tonight and probably watch a film,” he revealed. “Netflix and chill. Yeah, we do that a lot.”

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The Mind of Mine singer went on to discuss the one thing he couldn’t have while he was a member of One Direction — his scruffy beard.

“Facial hair was a weird thing,” he admitted. “I think it’s ’cause I just looked old. And they didn’t like that. [And] I always wanted a beard! I think every dude does when they’re young. Seeing Al Pacino in Carlito’s Way — I needed the goatee after that. I was like, ‘I wanna be Al Pacino.’ I’ve always been obsessed with that, and I had to shave it off. I used to get a bit sad.”

To read the rest of his interview, head over to papermag.com. Listen to our Celebuzz’d podcast that discusses Malik’s latest album below.