Former One Direction star Zayn Malik has shared an Instagram snap of him with a mystery blonde - and his fans are less than happy about it...

Just two months after splitting from fiancee Perrie Edwards, Zayn Malik is in the arms of another woman – and she looks a little familiar.

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The former One Direction star shared a snap on Instagram of him snuggling up to the mystery woman, who – with her blonde hair and big eyes – is a dead ringer for his Little Mix ex.

Zayn appears topless in the moody black and white shot, showing off his various tattoos.

And whilst he didn’t caption the image, Zayn and his lady friend’s sultry pouts speak volumes.

Zayn’s fans were quick to spot the likeness to the singer’s former love and criticised his insensitivity for sharing the snap.

One commented: ‘Have you realised that you have lost the best thing that will ever happen to you yet? Oh, and if you don’t remember, it’s Perrie. The girl you fell madly in love with, and the girl that loved you to pieces.’

Another added: ‘Even though I still love him, what he did is so stupid and post this pic was a terrible mistake.’

And another simply said: ‘I don’t approve.’

The picture will no doubt come as a very public blow to Perrie, after Zayn reportedly ended their three-and-a-half year relationship via text message back in August.

Since then she has been putting on a brave face whilst on the promotional trail with the rest of the Little Mix girls, although the strain of the break-up seemed to be taking its toll when she broke down in tears during a live performance a few weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Zayn has been living it up in LA, where he is currently working on his solo music – and where it looks as though he’ll be staying for the immediate future.

In perhaps another blow to Perrie, Zayn this week mysteriously tweeted: ‘I don’t want you to wait for me, I’m not coming home.’

Stephanie Wood