Mum of One Direction star Zayn Malik says he has proposed to Perrie Edwards (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Trisha Malik confirms stars' engagement
Zayn Malik with his mother Trisha Malik arriving for the world premiere of One Direction: This Is Us, at the Empire Leicester Square, London
"I’ll have to go,” says Trisha Malik. “He’s off to work in a minute and he wants me to iron him a shirt.”
The words, perhaps, of any doting mother proud of her 20-year-old son. But maybe we can allow Trisha to be especially proud – “he” in this case is, of course, Zayn Malik, one fifth of world-conquering boy-band One Direction.
And the work he’s off to? A series of promotional appearances to push the band’s big-screen debut, This Is Us.
And, as of this week, Trisha has yet more reasons to be proud. Can it be true, what the unnamed “sources” are saying in confidential whispers in the tabloid press? Has Zayn really got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend Perrie Edwards of the girl-band Little Mix?
“It’s true!” says Trisha, obviously over the moon. “I’m very happy for them. She is a lovely girl. I get on with her really well and her family are great, too. I wish them all the happiness in the world.”
Trisha is speaking to the Telegraph & Argus the morning after the premiere of This Is Us in London’s Leicester Square on Tuesday night, when thousands of the bands screaming fans – dubbed “Directioners” – swamped the capital to get a glimpse of Zayne and his bandmates Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson.
But Zayn, looking sculpted and chiselled, with designer stubble and a slim black suit, had eyes for only one girl on the red carpet – his mum.
In the photographs of them about to go into the cinema for the premiere she looks so proud that she might burst.
“It was really, really brilliant,” says Trisha happily. “We got picked up in a car and taken to Leicester Square. We turned the corner and the roads were all cordoned off and there were thousands of people.
“My knees were shaking like jelly when I got out of the car. But then I thought, this is what Zayn has to deal with all the time, so I’m sure I can deal with it for ten minutes.”
Being the mum of one of the most eligible bachelors in the world – well, until she gave Telegraph & Argus readers an exclusive by confirming what the tabloids were spouting rumours about – means Trisha is almost as much in the public eye as her famous son.
She says: “There were all these girls shouting Trisha! Trisha! Trisha!, and then all the cameras were going off – click, click, click, click. I’ll never forget that day for the rest of my life.”
Directioners are renowned for their attention to the details of their idols’ lives, a minority taking it to extremes... the family’s old street in East Bowling regularly had strangers knocking on random doors looking for Zayn. He’s since bought his family another house, still in Bradford but a little farther from the madding crowd.
Having thousands of strangers know your name and having fake Twitter accounts set up pretending to be you must be disconcerting, which is why Zayn’s family have not courted the limelight so much. Trisha obviously seems somewhat stunned by the attention at the premiere, and dad Yaser prefers to take a back seat and stay out of the way of the camera flashes.
It seems strange to think that just three years ago the name Zayn Malik didn’t mean much to anyone other than his family, his mates, and his teachers at Tong High School.
Had he not applied to go on to ITV’s hit TV talent show X-Factor he might now be following his original plan of studying for an English degree at university – something he recently said he’s not totally written off for the future.
But X-Factor was one of those major turning points in life. One Direction have had unprecedented success for a reality-show band, not only selling in the region of 19 million singles and ten million albums (and making X-Factor Svengali Simon Cowell a very happy man) but also achieving that holy grail for British bands – breaking America.
The States have taken One Direction to their hearts as much as Britain, and Zayn and the boys are flying off to New York on Friday to unveil the This Is Us movie – a fly-on-the-wall documentary made by Supersize Me’s Moran Spurlock – to their American fans.
Between the Leicester Square premiere and the New York one, though, there’s plenty of work to be done over here promoting the film – though there can be few Directioners who by now don’t know of its existence.
And promoting a film means a freshly-ironed shirt.
You’d perhaps think that Zayn had an army of stylists to do that sort of thing, but mums will always be mums. Just before she says she has to go and press his shirt while he “goes to work”, Trisha finishes reminiscing about the previous night’s glamorous premiere and the flashes of the papparazzi on the red carpet. “I felt like a celebrity myself,” she says happily.
Which, as every 20-year-old young man knows full well – whether they say it out loud or not – is true of any mum.