I feel like if Taylor Swift complimented me on just about anything – my hair, my fashion sense, my undeniable sense of humor (shh… I think I’m hilarious), it would make me blush too. Zayn Malik opened up to Dazed about the time that T. Swift made him a little rosey after giving her stamp of approval on his debut album Mind of Mine.

While opening up about his encounter with Taylor, he said, “At Gigi’s house we briefly spoke and she told me she really enjoyed the album. It was nice to get some feedback. She said she thought I was cool and I kind of blushed a bit and didn’t know how to take it.”

Zayn has had quite the year, after leaving the group that launched him into superstardom… a little group called One Direction. Maybe you’ve heard of them?

Since Z left 1D, one thing’s for sure – he’s happier than ever. “I know that musicians are seen as one-sided people a lot of the time, but we do have other elements to us as well,” Zayn explained. “I didn’t feel good. Do you know what I mean?... You need to be able to express what it is that you are. I’m free at last.”

What’s your favorite track off Mind of Mine?