Why the long face, Zayn Malik? Stepping out with GF Gigi Hadid for a special date night in NYC, the singer not only looked super somber, but was strangely clinging to Gigi for dear life as they made their way through a crowd. Yikes — after recently canceling his Dubai show, could Zayn’s anxiety be getting worse?
Earlier this week, on Sept. 6, Zayn Malik, 23, pulled out of a major gig he had in Dubai next month citing “extreme anxiety” and claiming that he is not “confident” enough to perform. And just days later on Sept. 10, the singer was spotted clinging to his girlfriend Gigi Hadid, 21, in public and seemingly hiding behind her as they made their way through a New York crowd!
There’s no question the former One Directioner appeared sheepish as he headed to Gigi’s pad following NY Fashion Week festivities. And while he barely let go of the supermodel’s back, he COULD have been just showing his lady some love! But honestly, we wouldn’t be completely surprised if his clingy behavior did have something to do with his anxiety.
After all, Zayn’s battle with anxiety has apparently not gotten any better as he cancelled his October Dubai show due to his ongoing stage fright associated with solo performances. “Dear Fans I have been working over the last three months to overcome my extreme anxiety around major live solo performances I feel I am making progress but I have today acknowledged that I do not feel sufficiently confident to move forward with the planned show in Dubai in October,” he wrote in his Sept. 6 announcement. “I am truly sorry to disappoint you. I hope to see you all soon.”
And that wasn’t even the first time Zayn has pulled out of a show due to his anxiety. Back in June, the pop star cancelled playing the Capital Summertime Ball in London just 90 minutes before the show was due to kick off! But if anyone can help Zayn overcome his fear, it’s Gigi! One thing is for sure — she definitely seems to be a calming presence in his life.
We love how she confidently led the way through the crowd while grasping his hand tightly — SUCH a power couple! And there’s no question the singer has confidence in his relationship with the blonde beauty. He even took to both Twitter and Instagram to share his affection and pride in Gigi surrounding her major Fashion Week appearances.
“.@GiGiHadid Good luck tonight baby,” Zayn wrote on Sept. 9 before she walked the runway to debut her new collection with Tommy Hilfiger. “You’re about to show the world your amazing GxTH collection. I am so proud. You are an inspiration. X.” Aw!
And Gigi totally showed Zayn the same love after he announced his cancellation. “Z – I’ve seen the battles you go through and the way you fight to get to a place that allows you to get up there for your fans,” the model wrote. “Your bravery in those times makes me proud, but your honesty last night proved what you’re all about, being real. Human recognizes human. You made the best of the situation and have given your fans an opportunity to understand you better as a performer.”
“Those who can find compassion now are the ones that deserve to watch you continue to grow,” she continued. “We are all here to support you and make each experience easier. Your talent and good heart will never lead you wrong. Love you and so proud of you always :) xG.”
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — do you love Zayn and Gigi together? Do you think they’ll last forever?