Zayn Malik finally explains his and Gigi Hadid's status

Are they or aren’t they? Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid announced their breakup in March after more than two years together, but the former couple has been spotted recently looking very much in love. Now, Malik, 25, is explaining his and Hadid’s relationship status.

“We’re adults,” the One Direction alum tells GQ for his cover story in the July issue. “We don’t need to put a label on it, make it something for people’s expectations … I’m really thankful that I met her.”

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 12: Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid seen on January 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Model Gigi Hadid (L) and singer Zayn Malik are seen walking in Soho on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid arrive at 'Laperouse' restaurant on February 28, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02: Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid attend the Givenchy show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02: Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid attend the Givenchy show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid seen leaving Versus Versace Show on Day 2 of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer collections 2017 on September 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik seen out on September 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid arrive to Gigi Hadid's apartment on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Gigi Hadid and boyfriend Zayn Malik hold hands as they walk in Manhattan on September 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik seen on the streets of Manhattan on July 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 06: Zayn Malik and model Gigi Hadid are seen walking in Soho on July 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik seen out together before Zayn iHeart Radio concert on March 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: Zayn Malik and girlfriend supermodel Gigi Hadid help a fan that fainted after seeing the couple leaving their East Village apartment on March 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 25: Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik help a fan than that fell in front of them on March 25, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Gigi Hadid (L) and Zayn Malik attend the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Gigi Hadid (L) and Zayn Malik attend the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik departs The Carlyle on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik departs The Carlyle on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Model Gigi Hadid and singer Zayn Malik attend 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid attends 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Model Gigi Hadid and singer Zayn Malik attend 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid attend the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Zayn Malik (L) and Gigi Hadid attend the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.com)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik arrive for the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik attend 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
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Malik also tells the magazine Hadid, 23, helps him unwind. For example, they enjoy time with their horses at the Pennsylvania farm he recently bought at the recommendation of Hadid’s “really f–king cool” mother, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum Yolanda Hadid, who has a farm nearby.

And the “Let Me” singer credits Gigi for her organizational skills, clarity of thought, and positive attitude. He even says she’ll “eventually” handle his finances.

It may be a Hollywood romance, but Malik doesn’t subscribe to the typical notions of fame. “When you say ‘star’ … everyone wants you to be this kind of character that owns a room or is overly arrogant or confident,” he tells the magazine. “I’m not that guy. So I don’t want to be a star … To do the self-indulgent ‘Look at me, I’m amazing’ thing on the red carpet, it’s not me.”

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Instead, he just allows the paparazzi to take photos, which is how fans found out he and Gigi seem to still be an item. “That’s my promo,” he explains. “I come outside, they take photos. They stay outside and do all the work! You can get pissed off about it, and be like, ‘Yo, this is a hindrance on my life.’ Or you can use it for your own benefit and be like, ‘Well, if they’re going to take the photos, then let them.'”

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