Before Zayn Malik posted THAT saucy photo with his rumoured new flame Carlyn Bryan, he was said to be dating 20-year-old Burberry model Neelam Gill.
The 22-year-old singer was reported to be seeing the Coventry-born beauty, with sources saying she’d flown to LA to to hang out with him while he’s busy working on his solo album.
She spoke fondly about Zayn at The Asian Awards in April this year. “Zayn’s a nice guy,” she admitted. “I’m happy he’s being honoured tonight and I think it will be a great night.”
But now Neelam has opened up about the shocking racist abuse she received while linked to the ex-One Direction star.
She tells the Evening Standad: “The comments I’ve received have been 90 per cent good. But one bad remark can ruin your day.
“I don’t care if people call me ugly but when it is about your skin colour that is unacceptable. I can’t believe some messages aren’t taken down from news sites.
“I see comments such as ‘she is black as f***’, or ‘like that refugee I saw on TV’, and then they find my family and troll them.”
WHAT is wrong with people?
Neelam’s since denied that she and Zayn are together. But where did they meet? Well, apparently it was in London earlier this year whilst he was still engaged to Perrie Edwards.
The pair later reunited at the Asian Awards in April, where Zayn picked up an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
As well as having walked in Kanye West’s Adidas show at NYFW earlier this year, Neelam’s also starred alongside Romeo Beckham for Burberry and was the face of the brand’s Prorsum campaign in 2014.
The news came after the former boybander surprised everyone with a totally new look.
The former One Direction star stepped out for a night at famous 1 Oak nightclub (a Kardashian favourite) in LA last night rocking brand new silvery grey hair.
The singer kept his stubble and brows natural, making his dye job all the more striking. New look to match his new single life, perhaps?
Perrie has also had some what of a sexy post-split makeover, too, with the star looking more confident than ever on Instagram.
The Little Mix singer took to the site to share a series of swimsuit selfies of herself posing in the mirror and flaunting her gorgeously fresh barely-there make-up look.
In the first picture, Perrie shows off her tiny waist in a pair of high-waisted white sequin Topshop hot pants and a stripy monochrome wrap crop top, with her blonde hair falling loose and wet around her shoulders. Miaow!
Then came a pouty poolside selfie, with the singer looking stunning with a pearly pink pout and her trusty nosering in place. Zayn who?!
The blonde beauty’s snaps came right after her One Direction ex was seen attending Kylie’s 18th birthday party at Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood.
Zayn famously favourited one of the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star’s Instagram pics just days after ending his engagement with Perrie (by text, we heard), but apparently, it wasn’t Kylie who he spent the evening flirting with…
The boybander reportedly spent the whole night chatting up sister Kendall Jenner, who’s currently single. Crikey. Oh, and he’s also started following Khloe Kardashian. Has someone got a bit of a soft spot for the Kardashians?
Zayn then attended the Straight Outta Compton premiere wearing an all-black ensemble with the word ‘TRUTH’ emblazoned down the side of his shirt. Trying to send a message to Ms Edwards, perhaps?
Still, we reckon Perrie’s doing a pretty sterling job of turning the other cheek.
After deleting all photos of her ex off Instagram, Perrie’s been looking sexier and more confident than ever.
The star stepped out for dinner at Soho House with her Little Mix bandmates sporting a striking high-neck bridal-inspired dress with a white bodysuit underneath.
A fierce red lip and a slick bun finished off her look, and it’s safe to say her fans approved.
With more than 200,000 ‘likes’ and nearly 15,000 comments, on user wrote: ‘That’s right, girl; shade Zayn. Show him what he’s missing out on.’
While the wounds are clearly still fresh, we reckon Perrie’s got all the support she needs.