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Zayn: I’m sorry for the pictures

One Direction Zayn Malik has hit back after pictures emerged of what appeared to show him holding hands with another woman, insisting he “loves a girl named Perrie Edwards”.

The One Direction singer was pictured in Phuket, Thailand by several tourists, with the images apparently showing him holding hands with 19-year-old Essex girl Lauren Richardson.

However, Zayn, who is engaged to Little Mix star Perrie Edwards, took to Twitter on Wednesday night to clear up any confusion surrounding the images.

“I'm 22 years old... I love a girl named Perrie Edwards,” Zayn tweeted. “And there's a lot of jealous f**ks in this world I'm sorry for what it looks like x”

Zayn and Lauren are believed to have been out at a nightclub in Phuket, where One Direction were touring, on Tuesday night.

Once the pictures hit the internet, the band’s fans were quick to jump to conclusions about the images.

While some speculated that Zayn and Lauren were more than just friends, others insisted he would never cheat on his fiancée.

Zayn proposed to 21-year-old Perrie in August 2013 after just over a year of dating.

The pair sparked rumours that their relationship had hit the rocks after postponing their nuptials.

However, in December Perrie set the record straight about her wedding, insisting she and Zayn have “no idea” about when they will get married.

“We’re just going with the flow, we’re just happy to be engaged and enjoying it,” she told Sugarscape.

“We’ll get there eventually when we’re not too busy to make it perfect.”

One Direction are currently travelling the world on their On The Road Again tour.

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