Zayn’s new love interest

LONDON: Former  One Direction star Zayn Malik is “smitten” with Indian-origin Burberry  model Neelam Gill, just a few weeks after calling it quits with his  fiancee Perrie Edwards.

Malik, who dumped the Little Mix singer by a text message, met Gill here earlier this year.

Now,  the model is planning to fly to Los Angeles to spend some quality time  with Malik, who is renting a home there while he works on his first solo  album, reported Daily Mail Online.

Gill, who was also known  as Neelam Johal before taking her stepfather’s name, took to  micro-blogging website Twitter to post about Los Angeles on August 29. “To live and die in LA, it’s the place to be...,” she wrote.

While  Gill, who was the face of last year’s Burberry Prorsum campaign, and  Malik first met at a studio here in March, nothing happened between them  as he was still engaged to Edwards.

At the time Malik, having just  left One Direction, was working with producer Naughty Boy and Gill was  visiting her friends, hip-hop duo Krept and Konan, who were also  recording in the building.

They later bumped into each other at the  Asian Awards here in April, where Malik picked up an award for  Outstanding Contribution to Music, but again nothing happened as he was  still seeing Edwards.

Gill tweeted to him after the award ceremony, saying, “Congratulations on your award tonight @zaynmalik, catch up again soon!”

They are believed to have stayed in touch as friends until after Malik ended his romance with Edwards last month.