CM LOS ANGELES - Zayn Malik has revealed his girlfriend Gigi Hadid helped set up his collaboration with Taylor Swift.

The former One Direction star asked Taylor to sing on the track ‘I Don’t Want to Live Forever’ - which soundtracks the upcoming ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ film - but he wasn’t nervous about her agreeing to be part of the song because he knew she already liked it thanks to model Gigi.

In an interview with Elvis Duran, he shared: ‘’The interesting this was, she is friends with Gi, so she already reached out after hearing it because [producer] Jack [Antonoff] had just played her the song anyway and she went in the studio the next day to record it.

‘’She mentioned to me that she liked the song so I already kind of knew in the back of my head that she liked it, so I asked her if she wanted to be on it and she was cool with it.’’

Gigi, 21, is part of Taylor’s famous ‘girl squad’ along with other famous women such as Karlie Kloss, Lorde, Ellie Goulding and Cara Delevingne among others.

Zayn, 23, also opened up about his move to being a solo artist and readily admits he is much happier now than when he was part of One Direction with Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Harry Styles.

The ‘Pillow Talk’ hitmaker said: ‘’I’m enjoying what I’m doing at the minute, but obviously when I was in the band, there were times were I felt like I needed that time out to recollect my thoughts and see exactly where everything was at, but right now I feel like I have the time to process things in my own space, it’s cool and enjoyable.’’