Zayn Malik is back in the dating circle…maybe. The singer – or his lookalike – was reportedly spotted on a dating app in Ottsville, Pennsylvania, just 30 minutes from where he was staying at Yolanda Hadid’s farmhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Malik’s reported profile was on WooPlus, a “dating app for curvy people to find and enjoy love,” according to its website. So is Malik really on this dating app? Let’s discuss (and potentially over-analyze) this rumor.
First of all, there’s a reason why people didn’t immediately consider this profile a catfish. Per page six, this specific dating app requires users to verify their identity with facial recognition software. Now IDK how advanced this technology is, but it certainly seems hard to fake.
But still, there is no way to confirm that the profile is indeed Malik unless he shares this information himself. A spokesperson for the app told Page Six, “Due to WooPlus’ terms and policy, we cannot confirm any information about this. We are committed to maintaining a secure environment for every user.” ( Elite Daily reached out to Malik’s rep for comment and did not hear back in time for publication.)
Fair enough, but why is everyone convinced that Malik is on this app? Well, a picture is worth a thousand words. Screenshots of Malik’s reported profile have surfaced, along with selfies of the 29-year-old (or his secret twin), which are quite compelling.
The profile, named as Zed, bears a striking resemblance to Malik. And the leaked screenshots of the man in question include him taking the authentication test, a video in which you have to create every face that appears on your screen to prove you’re not a robot. or a catfish.
On January 7, a video of the star allegedly going through the authentication process was posted on YouTube.
Still, not everyone is convinced that this profile actually belongs to the singer. Another reported screenshot of his profile claims he has no children despite Malik sharing his 1-year-old daughter Khai with his ex-girlfriend Gigi Hadid.
According to the same screenshot, “Zed” is 180 centimeters tall – roughly 5ft 9in, Malik’s actual height – and earns “$150,000+” a year. That plus sign could do a lot of work there, but of course.
In 2016, Malik donated Billboard insight into what physically appeals to her, saying, “I like girls who are a bit chunky in certain areas — uptown. I like a fuller woman. (For the record, let me correct Malik: all of your zones are “nice zones!”)
Of course, not everyone — A-list or not — is completely truthful about dating apps. But it seems like a fair assumption that Malik would know his fans would take note of this profile and any discrepancies with his public persona (if that’s him).
Some critics on TikTok even started to theorize that this profile was just a clever marketing ploy. “It looks like a secret advertisement or an adware program,” one wrote. Another agreed, guessing, “He’s 100% on it as an ad for the app.”
The app could also use some good PR. On December 23, 2021, Cosmopolitan published an article about how inclusive dating apps, especially WooPlus, can be more fetish than stimulating. Anni Irish, the author of the story, explained her experience saying, “It was clear that even though this app marketed itself as ‘inclusive’, it allowed men looking to sexualize bigger bodies and tackle to the women who lived there.
Only time (or Malik himself) can tell if the profile is really him looking for love, a clever publicity stunt, or a secret twin. In the meantime, there’s no harm in setting your dating app location to Ottsville, PA.