Lauren Richardson has spoken for the first time about Zayn Malik ahead of her Love Island appearance


The girl who was photographed in a nightclub with One Direction singer Zayn Malik has spoken for the first time ahead of her appearance on ITV2 show Love Island.

Lauren Richardson was pictured with the star, who is engaged to Little Mix star Perrie Edwards, in Thailand shortly before he made the shock decision to leave the band.

Breaking her silence, the 26-year-old says: ‘I met Zayn Malik in a nightclub in Thailand. It got blown out of all proportion. But that’s a long story.’

The community sports officer from East London is taking part in the dating show to try to find a man. And it sounds like she’s looking for a man who is uncannily similar to Zayn himself.

She says: ‘They’ve got to look after themselves like I do, and go down to the gym. I don’t want a wet fish either. You’ve got to make me laugh and have a silly sense of humour. The sillier, the better.

‘If he can make me laugh, I’ll be eating out of the palm of his hand.’

Asked who her celebrity crush is she says: ‘There’s a delicious model called Stephen James who is covered in tattoos from head to toe. I like tattoos. I’ve got two big ones on the side of my body, one on the top of my back, and six on my arm which nearly makes a full sleeve.’