The rumors started flying last night when Perrie showed up to the world premiere of One Direction’s This Is Us film with some dazzling bling on her finger. The blonde beauty couldn’t stop grinning as she posed on the red carpet with her Little Mix bandmates.
And when engagement rumors started spiraling out of control, PR rep Simon Jones took to Twitter to confirm every lady’s worst fears.
“Zayn and Perrie are engaged, but any further detail regarding their relationship is private and we ask media to please respect this,” he tweeted.
The seemingly happy couple hasn’t commented on their engagement, but we have a feeling that both groups are trying to keep the relationship status on the down low since Zayn is the object of many fans’ affections. Although, judging by the size of his freshly inked Perrie tattoo, fans should have known he was ready to pop the question.
Little Mix won The X Factor UK in December 2011, thanks, in part, to Zayn's support on Twitter. (Note: One Direction came in third place on The X Factor UK the year prior.) Rumors that the two X Factor pop stars were secretly dating sparked in December 2011. The two tried to keep their relationship on the DL until May 2012, when photos surfaced of the two kissing in public. After the two went public with their relationship, Perrie became the social media target for lovestruck Directioners, many of whom claimed the relationship was a publicity stunt for Little Mix.
Perrie deleted her Twitter account in May 2012 after the online abuse from Once Direction fans became too much to handle, and Zayn followed suit in August, tweeting, "My fans that have something nice to say can tweet me on the one direction account , :) x" Don't worry Directioners, less than 48 hours later, Zayn was back on Twitter and tweeting out to his then-five million followers.
But Perrie isn't the only target for hormonal 1D fans. One Direction's Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson's girlfriends Danielle Peazer and Eleanor Calder, respectively, have both endured their share of Twitter abuse.
In June 2012, Liam tweeted a series of messages in defense of his now former girlfriend Danielle, who was charged by some One Direction fans with only dating the singer because he is famous.
"Just as I start to like twitter again I see the nasty side of people who like to dislike somebody who makes me … Me," the superstar wrote. He added: ""#SometimesIHateTwitter when it becomes a place to abuse people who uve never met never did anything to you but you still choose to be cruel (sic)."
"To all those people who are going to be d**ks and tweet her horrible stuff now just because i mentioned it … boring grow up."
After splitting with Danielle in May 2013, Liam is now dating his old school friend, Sophia Smith. As for the other One Direction lads, Louis could be the next to get down on one knee, seeing how he and girlfriend Eleanor have been going strong for over two years. Meanwhile, Niall is reportedly flirting with British singer Ellie Goulding, and Harry Styles is living — and loving — the single life.
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