[RUMOR] Zayn Malik ‘smitten’ with Burberry model Neelam Gill
A source exclusively told MailOnline that the 22-year-old former One Direction singer is smitten with Burberry model Neelam Gill after meeting in London earlier this year.
And 20-year-old Neelam - who is Burberry’s first ever Indian model - is planning to jet to Los Angeles in the coming days to spend some quality time with Zayn, who is renting a home there while he works on his first solo album.
Gill, who was also known as Neelam Johal before taking her stepfather’s name, took to Twitter to post about LA on Saturday, writing: 'to live and die in LA, it’s the place to be…’
While Neelam, who was the face of last year’s Burberry Prorsum campaign, and Zayn first met at a studio in London in March, nothing happened between them as he was still engaged to Perrie.
At the time Zayn, having just left One Direction, was working with producer Naughty Boy and Neelam was visiting her friends, hip hop duo Krept and Konan, who were also recording in the building.
Zayn has also worked with Krept and Konan since leaving the boyband.
They later bumped into each other at the Asian Awards in London in April, where Zayn picked up an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, but again nothing happened as he was still with Little Mix singer Perrie.
She tweeted him afterwards saying: 'Congratulations on your award tonight @zaynmalik, catch up again soon!’
They are believed to have stayed in touch as friends until after Zayn ended his romance with Perrie last month.
Neelam doesn’t know Naughty Boy, who has since had a very public falling out with Zayn, which all played out on Twitter.
While Zayn is said to be smitten with Neelam, sources have told MailOnline that she is extremely serious about her career and unsure if she wants to get involved in such a high profile romance.
The source said: 'Neelam doesn’t know if she wants all of the drama that comes with dating someone in the public eye. She is going to LA to spend some time with Zayn and see how things go from there. She is serious about her career and doesn’t want anything to get in the way of that but she has hit it off with Zayn.
'Don’t expect them to be spotted out in public together though, both are eager to keep their connection a secret for now.’
Neelam is signed to Models One in London and Wilhelmina in New York and has plenty in common with Zayn, including an interest in R&B.
During a Q&A with Models.com in 2013, she said: 'I’ve always loved rap and R&B. Currently I’m listening to Drake’s new album (Nothing Was The Same), Kanye’s new album (Yeezus) and Jay Z’s new album (Magna Carter Holy Grail).’
She even knows Zayn’s former bandmate Harry Styles, as the two met backstage at a Burberry show during London Fashion Week and posed for a picture together.
A spokesperson for Zayn Malik and Neelam Gill has been contacted by MailOnline for further comment.
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