Could Zayn Malik marry Perrie Edwards before dropping a solo album?

It’s going to be a busy year for Zayn Malik. Not only does the Steal My Girl hitmaker have to come up with material for his first ever solo album, but now it seems he’ll be planning a wedding too.

The 22-year-old made the shocking decision to quit One Direction this week after admitting he was suffering from stress and flying home to recuperate. The star was also under pressure trying to convince fiancé Perrie Edwards that he hadn’t cheating on her after rumours said he had hooked up with a fan in Thailand. And whilst he insisted that the Little Mix star had nothing to do with his decision to leave, X Factor judge Louis Walsh wasn’t so sure.

“What I found in the past is as things get on, and as they get girlfriends, the girlfriends are whispering things in their ears and saying like ‘You should be a solo star’, ‘You should be the lead singer’ – that’s usually the problem,” the 62-year-old told Irish radio station RTE Radio One.

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Zayn and Perrie want to get married as soon as possible (Splash News)

Despite Zayn’s insistence that this wasn’t the case, it looks like he wants to take things to the next level, and tie the knot as soon as possible. Zayn and Perrie began dating in 2012 and got engaged in August 2013, during which time the star has been accused of cheating multiple times.

Shortly before deciding to quit the band he was caught up in the center of another scandal, when he was snapped cuddling up to a beautiful blonde stranger whilst parting in Phuket. He took to Twitter to try and clear his name, posting, “I’m 22 years old… I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there’s a lot of jealous f***s in this world I’m sorry for what it looks like x.”

The message didn’t do much to squash the rumours, however, and Zayn decided to fly back to the UK last week where he headed straight to the house he shares with Perrie for five hours of crisis talks. The 21-year-old songstress was seen leaving their home in the early hours of the morning with an overnight bag, but still wearing her engagement ring, suggesting the pair were still together, but needed to work on their relationship further. Now it seems he’s determined to prove that his love for the star is real.

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Fans accused the star of cheating on Perrie after this photo emerged (Twitter)

However, with all the big changes going on in the star’s life right now, friends have expressed their concerns that the couple could be rushing into marriage too soon. “Zayn is going to get married sooner rather than later because he’s scared and lonely,” an insider told HollywoodLife. “Perrie is his security blanket, and he wants her with him keeping him safe. But their relationship is flawed and his friends think it would be a mistake to marry her.”

Speaking about his decision to leave the band after five years of global success, Zayn told The Sun, “It is crazy and wild and a bit mad but at the same time I’ve never felt more in control in my life. I’m only upset [because] I feel like I may have let [my fans] down in some sort of way. That’s the main thing that I don’t want to happen. It’s not that I’ve turned my back on them or anything, it’s just that I just can’t do that anymore because it’s not real to me.”

Ironically, the star previously confessed that the only reason he became a singer was to try and get himself a girlfriend, as he told Rolling Stone magazine back in 2012, “I joined a school choir originally just to meet girls. I joined when I was about eight and then it became a hobby and I started to sing all the time.”