5 things you need to know about the blonde snapped with Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik has dramatically quit the rest of the One Direction tour in order to fly home to his family after pictures emerged of him getting close to a blonde who is definitely not his fiancee Perrie Edwards.

But who IS the girl Zayn was snapped with?

Lauren Richardson was pictured with Zayn outside Seduction nightclub in Phuket. The boys had been performing in Thailand as part of the Far East leg of their tour when Zayn decided to go to the club on Tuesday night, where Example was performing a DJ set.

Zayn has insisted that absolutely nothing untoward was happening with Lauren and that him and Little Mixer Perrie are still very much an item. He Tweeted: ‘I’m 22 years old I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there’s a lot of jealous f**** in this world. I’m sorry for what it looks like.’

But who is the blonde who has dramatically grabbed so much attention around the world?

Lauren was on holiday with friends in Thailand when she met Zayn. Here are five things you need to know about her:

1. She LOVES Zayn
She was clearly VERY excited about meeting Zayn. She posted a picture on her Instagram with the caption: ‘Partying with Zane from One Direction last night #thailand #1D #best
#night #patong #phukut xx’ accompanied by a love heart eyes emoji. Little did she know the reaction it would have!

2. She’s a TOWIE fan
Lauren follows most of the cast on Twitter including Dan Osborne and Ferne McCannand hangs out at Circuit club in Romford, which is part-owned by Tommy Mallet (if she had time to watch last night’s ep of TOWIE she’d have loved it – it was filmed at the club).

3. She’s a fitness fanatic
She describes the gym as her ‘bf’ and regularly posts about her workout sessions. She’s also a fan of running and yoga. We’re exhaustated just thinking about it.

4. She’s into tattoos
Anyone who has studied the pictures of the blonde with Zayn like we have will have noticed the tattoos she has on her arms.
She is also said to have a mad hatter cat tattoo on her back.

5. Her friends say nothing happened
One friend told Mail Online: ‘Not everything is as it seems in a picture. A picture is just a picture. She’s a fun and bubbly girl and she is bound to end up having her picture taken with boys.

‘It seems completely unfair for her to receive so much abuse for just one little picture. But she’s a strong girl and she’ll be able to handle this just fine.’

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