Zayn Malik’s biggest regret after breaking up with Perrie Edwards

One Direction star Zayn Malik has opened up about his previous engagement to Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards, nearly ten years after the couple split.

Zayn, now 31, was in a high-profile relationship with Perrie, now 30, from 2012 until they split in 2015. The pair, who shot to fame on The X Factor, got engaged before giving up after over over. three years together.

The former One Direction member, who left the band just before his split from Perrie, reflected on that period in his life. He admitted to Nylon magazine that at the time he “didn’t know shit” and had made rash decisions, the Mirror reports.

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Referring to his time with Perrie, Zayn said that from the age of 17 to 21, he was deeply involved in the relationship. He confessed: “I was engaged and (planning to) get married and I didn’t know anything about anything at the time.”

At 21, despite being of age for many engagements, he realized his lack of real-world knowledge, declaring, “I was legally allowed to do everything, but I didn’t know shit.”

According to the publication, Zayn suggests that his attempts to have a normal life as a young adult were influenced by the constraints of fame. He reminisced about his simpler days in Bradford, where he “never really had a girlfriend” or “brought a girlfriend home” before his life was transformed by stardom.

He shared, “When I got the chance to do it, I jumped right in, two feet in and said, ‘I’m going to have a girlfriend and she’s going to live with me.’ Zayn also mentioned that he believed this made him a “mature man”.