Zayn Malik sure knows how to swoon the ladies. The former One Direction member has a bit of a ‘bad boy’ rep. And who could blame him? He is, after all, one-fifth of one of the hottest boy bands in the world. Okay, okay, he’s not a member of them anymore, but that just proves his bad-assness by ditching his band mates and going solo despite having a really good thing going on. Not only is he branching out in the music world, but the musician has dedicated a good chunk of his life to love. It seems this brooding baddie has his dating (or hooking up) life down to a science. Can you believe he was engaged for over a year? Surprisingly, he has had some pretty stable relationships, but that’s besides the point.
At 23-years-old, Zayn has racked up quite the impressive list of attractive women he’s reportedly dated, hooked up with, or ya know, been engaged to (although we’re pretty sure that’s true for only one of these ladies on our list… for now). I mean, isn’t it like a celebrity right of passage to test the dating waters and sample the variety Hollywood (and beyond) has to offer? Sure, why not?
As voracious watchers of the rich and the famous, we love a good love story-- or ya know, just a plain old booty call. Juicy dating gossip is always something we want to keep the pulse of, and today have we got a treat for you. From X Factor contestants to PR managers, Zayn sure has sampled some of the finest women the world has to offer. Here’s our list of 10 Hottest Girls Zayn Malik Reportedly Hooked Up With
10 Cher Lloyd - The X Factor
Cher Lloyd, is a British bombshell and former 2010 X Factor contestant. Zayn was rumored to have been having a little extra "something something" with her while spending their days on the popular talent search show. Now Cher has definitely blown up (much like the One Direction guys) since her time on the X Factor, but she might always be known for making out with that hunky dude from One Direction. I mean, you have to do something in the contestants’ house to pass the time, don’t you? This is one budding romance we wish we saw a little more of.
9 Stephanie Davis - Soap Opera Star
This hottie is well-known for her starring role as Sinead O’Connor in the popular soap opera Hollyoaks. Much like Cher Lloyd, the 22-year-old is also British (hmmm... have a type there, Zayn?) and dated the pop star for five months back in 2011. These two were far from in love but they definitely seemed to have a whirlwind romance that apparently ended well. I guess he couldn’t let this hottie go from his life completely, since they sound like they’re on good terms still. Well, she’s got a budding future, and I don’t think she needs to be bogged down by Zayn and his flavor of the month crisis right now.
8 Geneva Lane - Another X-Factor Contestant
Enter Belle Amie member Geneva Lane, another X Factor contestant. Wait a minute, I’m seeing a pattern here! Zayn definitely knows where to find beautiful girls and it seems it starts with the place that made him famous! It’s funny, because Geneva seems to have been an afterthought to him; she was reportedly hooking up with him not too long after the Cher Lloyd speculation and before he started dating Rebecca Ferguson (yep, another X Factor contestant). I guess this guy really does have a type... and has that heart-throb (or heartbreaker) thing down.
7 Rebecca Ferguson - Six-Year Age Gap
Now onto Rebecca Ferguson. As we said, she’s another X Factor contestant and despite being six years older than the musician, Rebecca really went for it, and dated the then 18-year-old. Talk about gutsy. Maybe people were shocked that this 24-year-old was eyeing the young lad. Even though she’s a talented and beautiful woman, the fact remains that these two weren’t meant to last due to their age gap. I mean, they’re on two completely different levels, hence why they reportedly only lasted for about four months. Guess you can chalk this up to sampling an aged wine and realizing, ‘Hey, I’m not quite ready for that yet.’ Too much to handle, too quickly, eh Zayn?
6 Courtney Webb - The Waitress
This is one of those names that not too many people would recognize, unless you’re a die hard One Direction fan. The waitress created a lot of buzz when she posted a shirtless photo of Zayn in bed, claiming that she hooked up with him. This would come as a bit of a shock to tons of Directioners seeing as at the time he was apparently dating Little Mix member Perrie Edwards. So Zayn supposedly cheated on Edwards with this hottie instead? And just months before he got engaged, nonetheless! This cheeky Australian created a whole lot of drama for a good chunk of time until both bad boy Zayn and dedicated girlfriend Perrie debunked the rumors.
5 Taylor Swift - Obviously
It seems that the One Direction family is keen on passing girls around like it’s no biggy. Apparently right around the time that Harry Styles was rumored to be dating the pop sensation (and total hottie) T Swift, there was some buzz that perhaps bandmate Zayn was the first one to be pursued by the "Queen of Pop," only he turned her down and she moved on to Harry. Now, these two would have been a smokin’ hot couple, and I would jump at the chance to hear a song written by Taylor about how Zayn was a two-timing woman eater… but, I guess Zayn wasn’t too thrilled at the thought of being another hit on Taylor’s belt.
4 Ariana Grande - "Zariana"
It seems that the internet wants Zayn and Ariana Grande to become a thing. Now, sure, this doesn’t really count as someone who hooked up with or dated the former One Directioner, but it should be noted that a slew of fans have been petitioning for it. Yes they are campaigning for "Zariana" to become the endgame and that’s worth noting. Ariana is smokin’ and she really has skyrocketed since her debut. Why not see these two together? Now, in addition to creating their own ‘ship name, fans are also writing fan-fiction and making a crap ton of fan art… yeah, looks like these two would be the perfect romance.
3 Carlyn Bryan - The PR Girl
The recent graduate of Loyola Marymount University is rumored to have been getting cozy with Zayn and apparently is from Tustin, California. The girl, who is gorgeous to say the least, released a photo of the two in an adorably close photo right after the Perrie/Zayn breakup. Yep. Boy doesn’t waste any time! Since Carlyn isn’t a celebrity (and they apparently knew each other before Zayn hit it big) this is a weird occurrence where people were like ‘what’s going on?’ If the close pics on Instagram didn’t convince you, it might be worth noting that after finishing her degree, Carlyn went on to take on the PR world and became an account manager for CBS Interactive. Perhaps her looks and brains will come in handy if she ever wants to make a go at Zayn again. Wink, wink.
2 Neelam Gill - The Rebound
It seems Zayn moved on quite quickly from his ex-fiancé Perrie Edwards. And Neelam Gill is one of those beautiful women to join the timeline "PP" (Post-Perrie). Fashion’s new “It” girl is a mere 20-years-old and she is reported to have been canoodling with Zayn since March of 2015. Most of the other gals Zayn has linked up with have either posted things on social media or kept their affairs hush hush from the news… but Neelam said in an interview with On Demand Entertainment that she loves how she can relate to Zayn. Hmm…. seems these talented youngsters have got something in common in such a crazy, hectic industry. But just because they’re super hot doesn’t mean we can’t also mourn the breakup of Perrie and Zayn.
1 Perrie Edwards - She Used To Be "The One"
The one that got away… she’s probably the most attractive of all of the ladies on this list and when these two split, it just about nearly killed me. The blonde beauty is part of Little Mix, a wildly popular girl group that also got their start on the X Factor (surprise surprise). The two were engaged but called it quits after a long engagement. Although the two went their separate ways (we think Zayn might have been at fault for this one… or their extremely busy schedules), Perrie still refrains from bad mouthing her ex-fiance, which just makes her that much hotter to the world looking on.