6. They’re close to their big families
Hadid and Malik both have large families. Hadid has two younger siblings: sister Bella and brother Anwar. She also has two older half-sisters, Marielle and Alana, on her father’s side and five stepsisters from her stepfather. Her social media pics often include her family, like this pic of her dad.
Malik has three siblings: one older sister, Doniya, and two younger sisters, Waliyha and Safaa. And Malik’s childhood photo and new album cover is too adorable for words.
7. They have “a type”
Hadid clearly harbors a fondness for hot up-and-coming musicians. Her first serious public relationship was with Australian singer/songwriter/entertainer Cody Simpson, which ended in May 2015. She then began dating Joe Jonas, who she broke up with in November.
Before Hadid, Malik also fancied musicians. He dated fellow X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson for several months, after which he began dating Perrie Edwards of Little Mix in early 2012. In that respect, Malik is kind of breaking with his usual type with Hadid (but not really if you read No. 9 below).
8. They have both been the subject of controversy
As crazy as it seems, Hadid has sparked criticism for being too large for the runway. Yes, you read that right. It’s ridiculous, we know. This reached fever pitch following Milan Fashion Week when Hadid walked in the Versace SS16 show, and critics claimed that — at size 4 and “curvy” — she isn’t fit enough to strut in a high-fashion show. These detractors claim she should stick to Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret shows. To her credit, Hadid responded with total class in an open letter on IG.
Malik is no stranger to criticism, either. He was dubbed the bad boy of One Direction before he left (which was a controversy in and of itself) and on more than one occasion was caught with, erm, recreational substances. He is also a Muslim who is routinely derided by conservative Muslims who feel there are contradictions between the doctrine and his lifestyle.
9. Oh yeah, & they can both sing
This is the real ace up the sleeve when it comes to being a celebrity power couple — Hadid and Malik share many talents, one of which might be singing. Hadid reportedly tried to make it in music before heading to the runway (singing backup for Josh Groban almost 10 years ago), and well, we already know that Malik’s musical talents are kind of a big deal. If the beautiful couple ever decides to release a duet, you heard it here first.