Zayn Malik is rumored to be dating model Neelam Gill since his split from Perrie Edwards, but who IS this girl who’s supposedly stolen our beloved singer’s heart? HollywoodLife.com breaks down everything you need to know about her right here!
Who exactly IS Neelam Gill?! So far, we basically just know she’s the gorgeous model who’s rumored to be dating newly-single Zayn Malik, 22, but there’s so much more to her than that. Get to know Neelam a little better with these five fun facts!
1. She came onto the modeling scene with a bang
Neelam didn’t just wade into the modeling industry — she jumped RIGHT in! The 19-year-old’s FIRST job was for Burberry, when she walked the runway in the brand’s 2013 fall show at London Fashion Week. She went right on to star in Burberry’s spring campaign, and became the first Indian model to ever be cast in an ad for the brand.
2. She has history with ANOTHER One Direction member
At the Burberry fashion show, Neelam got to walk among some of the biggest and best models in the world, but it wasn’t only models she was mingling with — she also got to meet and pose for a photo with Harry Styles, 21, backstage. NO BIG DEAL!
3. She never had big dreams about working in modeling
Neelam’s whole career has been a major whirlwind so far. Unlike many others in her industry, she hasn’t spent her whole life working up to this moment. “I didn’t think I could be a model!” she told Elle. “I had glasses and braces. I was not one of the hot girls in school. I didn’t even tell people in school that I was interested in modeling, or that I’d been scouted, because when people found out, they were like, “What? HER?!”
4. She’s found a great friend in Jourdan Dunn
While working for Burberry, Neelam developed a friendship with Jourdan Dunn, which is a pretty big deal — the 25-year-old also mingles with stars like Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift! Perhaps Neelam will get an invite to the squad soon!?
5. She’s worked with Kanye West!
After Neelam’s modeling career took off, Yeezy took notice, and she did work for his Adidas line — and the two have a great relationship. “He was so nice, I was shocked,” she gushed, adding, “He gave me a pep talk about breaking boundaries and carrying on, and pulling through with my dreams. It meant a lot, because it was coming from someone whose music I listen to when I feel down.”
In case you’re not caught up, Zayn and Neelam met in March 2015, and he’s reportedly been “smitten” with her since splitting from Perrie Edwards in July. It was rumored that Neelam was visiting Zayn in Los Angeles when she was spotted catching a flight from Heathrow to LAX in August, and, in a video from back in April, cameras caught the model absolutely gushing about the then-engaged singer.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Zayn and Neelam are a good couple?
— Alyssa Norwin