After Rita Ora said she would never date Zayn Malik, she was seen having dinner with the ex-One Direction member. What!? HollywoodLife.com has the EXCLUSIVE scoop on what happened during this intimate meeting and how they talked about making beautiful music together!
Fans were eager to sound the New Couple Alert after seeing Zayn Malik, 22, and Rita Ora, 24, together out on a dinner date. Rita swore she and Zayn could never be an item, but did she change her mind? HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned the details of what went down when these pop superstars got together.
Rita and Zayn met up at the Koi Restaurant in West Hollywood on Sept. 9, but the two remained very professional. They didn’t get too close to each other and weren’t even photographed in the same frame. While some fans may have hoped this was the start of a hot new romance, Zayn and Rita met to talk business!
“A major part of dinner was to talk about working together,” a source EXCLUSIVELY tells HollywoodLife.com. “She wants him to come on The X Factor and he is all for it.” Wow! Rita is a judge on the UK version of The X Factor, the same program that launched the careers of Zayn and the rest of his former band mates in One Direction!
As for romance, it’s a no go. Sorry, Zayn. The former 1D member has a crush on Rita, and would date her “in a heartbeat,” but Rita just doesn’t feel that way about him. While speaking with Captial FM, Rita admitted that she thought Zayn was “gorgeous,” but the two of them dating? “That can’t happen,” she said. Rita had similar feelings about Chris Brown. Though the two had amazing chemistry during their Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance, she considers Breezy a good friend.
While Zayn and Rita may not start dating, they can still work together. While at Koi, Rita and Zayn also “talked about doing music with each other,” the insider EXCLUSIVELY tells HollywoodLife.com, adding that these two really “want to get into the studio with each other.” Cool! Maybe Rita will guest on Zayn’s first solo record? Reps for Zayn had no comment on this story, but we’ll continue to hope for a Zayn-Rita team-up!
Would you love to hear a Zayn and Rita collaboration, HollywoodLifers? Do you think they’ll just stay friends, or could Zayn win Rita’s heart?
— Jason Brow, Russ Weakland reporting