Despite being one of the most recognised people in the world thanks to his One Direction fame, Zayn Malik was “detained” at an airport in the US for three hours after his name was “flagged” on their security system.
The Pillowtalk singer opened up about his ordeal in an interview with the Evening Standard and said he was subjected to three security checks before he was allowed to board his flight.
“The first time I came to America, I had three security checks before I got on the plane.
“First they said that I’d been randomly selected, and then they said it was something to do with my name, it was flagging something on their system.
“I was 17, my first time in America, jet-lagged off the plane, confused. The same thing happened the next time too.”
But Zayn doesn’t hold a grudge against the authorities, and said he understands why they have to do it.
He also said he “still identifies” with Islam – despite “not currently practising” the religion.
The news of his detainment will come as a surprise because of the 24-year-old star’s level of fame.
He also told the Evening Standard the only time he isn’t recognised in public is in the early hours of the morning.
“In New York [where Hadid is based], you can sometimes get out in the early hours of the morning for a walk. But there’s no underground parking here, no escape routes. So they’re going to get pictures, they’re going to find you. In LA [his own usual US base], it’s more catered to these things — you’ve got back entrances and that” he said.