Here's why the former One Direction star didn't join Gigi at the Met Gala this year ... and what he said about their relationship now.
The former One Direction singer spoke about fashion's biggest night and the status of his relationship with the model in a new profile for GQ's July issue, revealing why he has no intention of returning to the event in the future.
"I did go, but I didn't go there to be like, 'Yo, take me serious,'" he said of attending in 2016 by Gigi's side. "I was taking the piss! I went there as my favorite Mortal Kombat character, Jax," he added, referring to the metal-armed fighter from the video game.
"The Met Gala is not necessarily anything that I ever knew about or was about. But my [former] stylist would say to me, 'This is really good for you to do.' And no matter how strong you are mentally, you can always be swayed to do certain things," he continued. "Now, it's not something I would go to. I'd rather be sitting at my house, doing something productive, than dressing up in really expensive clothes and being photographed on a red carpet. To do the self-indulgent, 'Look at me, I'm amazing thing on the red carpet,' it's not me."
He did add that he understands people who "gain enjoyment from it" and said "Gi stole the night" in her look at this year's "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination"-themed soiree. "The stained glass on her dress. Everyone else just put a cross on," he added.
While the duo announced a split back in March, Malik and Hadid have seemingly rekindled their romance. The writer of the piece noted that Zayn routinely referred to them as a "we" throughout the interview, using it in the present tense.
"We're adults. We don't need to put a label on it, make it something for people's expectations," he explained. "We're still really good friends, and we're still in contact. No bad blood."
He also wanted to make it clear that they were not set up by their management teams for publicity, saying if "a relationship is for your career, you can f--king walk out the door. No way. See you later." The singer also said he's "really thankful" they met and she "helped" him "look at things from a positive angle."
Among the other tidbits gleaned from the profile: He was asked to appear on "Atlanta" and will do it "if the part's right," he'd vote for "badass businesswoman" Oprah Winfrey if she ran for office and thinks Gigi's mom, Yolanda Hadid, is "really f--king cool."
The July issue of GQ hits newsstands June 19.