(Zayn Malik's "love" tattoo on his hand as seen on this still from a video posted on his Instagram. Photo: Zayn Malik/Instagram)
Malik was in New York City filming a cameo for the upcoming film Ocean’s Eight, and while out in the city on Jan. 17, the singer showed off a brand-new tattoo on his right hand of the world “love” scrawled in a black script font across his knuckles—possibly done in Hadid’s own handwriting. This new tattoo in and of itself isn’t solid evidence that Malik and Hadid are getting more serious—we already know they are “in love”—but around that same time, Hadid was spotted wearing a simple gold band on the ring finger of her left hand, which understandably sparked rumors that the two may already be engaged.
Now, pretty much everyone would expect Malik to really go all out with a beautiful diamond ring if he were to propose to Hadid, but who knows? Perhaps this plain gold band is simply a placeholder for a giant rock that’s still to come. Or, maybe Hadid has a more simple style than Edwards. According to one source, as quoted by Life & Style magazine, Malik actually did propose to Hadid recently, but being that she’s only 21 and isn’t ready to tie the knot, the model reportedly turned him down. “She’s seen her mom [Yolanda Hadid] go through two messy divorces, so Gigi wants to make 100 percent sure Zayn’s the one before she makes a lifetime commitment.”