One Direction's Zayn Malik, 20, has now commented for the first time since the cheating scandal in which he's been accused of cheating on Little Mix's Perrie Edwards, 19. Malik and Edwards met in late 2011 and went public with their romance in April 2012. In The Sun's issue dated February 3, 2013, Malik said his relationship with Edwards was "just fine."
They are the only two words that The Sun quoted Malik about how his relationship currently is with Edwards. She hasn't publicly commented yet, but The Sun reports that Edwards spent the night at Malik's home in London on February 1, 2013. The tabloid has a paparazzi photo of her leaving his house the next morning.
The Sun says that the interview with Malik and the other members of One Direction was done during One Direction's tour rehearsals after the cheating scandal broke. At the interview, Malik was wearing a sweatshirt with the letter "P" on it.
Without specifically talking about the scandal, Malik went on to say that he and the other members of One Direction lean on each other for support: “We genuinely feel like brothers. If anything happens we are there because nobody else understands like the other lads.”
Ironically, The Sun is the tabloid that caused the scandal, since it published an interview with 21-year-old Australian waitress Courtney "CJ" Webb, who gave a detailed story about how she had a one-night stand with Malik at his London home on January 23, 2013. Malik had met Webb that night when Webb was invited by a mutual friend to a small party at his home, and she says that Malik was the one who made sexual advances on her.
Webb says that before she and Malik had sex, he lied to her by saying that he didn't have a girlfriend. After their alleged sexual encounter, Webb says that Malik admitted that he had a girlfriend who was away on tour. Webb took photos of Malik sleeping in bed as proof of their encounter. The photos were published by The Sun and are all over the Internet. Malik still has not publicly confirmed or denied if Webb's allegations are true.
Little Mix's 2013 tour launched on January 24. Sources told the Daily Mirror that Edwards broke up with Malik when he went to visit her on tour in Nottingham, England, where Little Mix performed a concert on January 28. Edwards also reportedly banished Malik from Little Mix's U.K. tour.
Perhaps Malik and Edwards broke up and have now reconciled. Perhaps they broke up and Malik is in denial about it. Or perhaps they never broke up in the first place.
Before Little Mix's concert in Nottingham, Edwards was quoted as saying that she felt "totally fine." Sound familiar? She still hasn't commented on the status of her relationship with Malik, but it's only a matter of time before she will. She took time out from the Little Mix tour to spend the night with Malik, so that's an obvious sign that they are trying to make their relationship work.
Malik, who is an avid skateboarder, also told The Sun what caused a recent injury to his right hand: “We were in the studio and decided to do a bit of skating. But the floor in here isn’t the best. I fell off and the board went over my hand. It hurt so much. I was trying to do a trick and went flying. It was a bit stupid.”
One Direction fans may be wondering why The Sun got the first exclusive interview with One Direction after The Sun was the tabloid that exposed the cheating scandal about Malik, and The Sun continues to describe Malik as a "love rat" and a "cheater" in stories about the scandal. Media insiders know that when a tabloid gets this kind of "exclusive access" after causing a scandal it's usually because the tabloid has more dirt that it threatens to expose unless it gets some kind of exclusive interview with the person who's at the center of the scandal.
After all, One Direction has an image to protect, and The Sun is in the business of selling newspapers. It's not a coincidence that The Sun's interview with Webb was originally in The Sun's print newspaper edition only and not on The Sun's website. It wasn't until after The Sun's issue with the Webb interview was no longer on newsstands that The Sun's website began featuring Webb's interview quotes and photos that were originally in The Sun's newspaper edition.