“The first time I came to America, I had three security checks before I got on the plane,” he recalled to The Evening Standard.
ZAYN Malik’s first trip across the pond was nothing like the rock star arrival he’s used to now. “First they said that I’d been randomly selected, and then they said it was something to do with my name, it was flagging something on their system.” When the now 24-year-old British Muslim touched down in the States, he likened his entrance to something out of a movie. “They kept me there for three hours, questioning me about all kinds of crazy stuff. I was 17, my first time in America, jet-lagged off the plane, confused.
The same thing happened the next time too.” Acknowledging that recent terror attacks in London and Manchester have contributed to an already existing environment of heightened airport security, Zayn Malik said, “I understand why they’ve got to do it.” “I understand the level of caution that needs to be taken, especially now, in the light of certain events at home,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any benefit to getting angry — it’s something that comes with the climate.”
The singer who just created a capsule collection with Versace, also spoke about his life with girlfriend Gigi Hadid and how despite any headlines, the gorgeous couple is not a “power couple.” “That’s not something I want to be a part of,” he said. “I’m with her because I like her and I hope she’s with me because she likes me.” He also noted that the two “spend time together as a normal couple” which includes watching TV and cooking — and the former One Direction star even has a specialty. “I cook a mean chicken and sweet corn pie, with Alfredo sauce,” he said. “I make my own pastry, roll it out and everything.”