Zayn Malik, one-fifth of UK boy band One Direction, proposed to his girlfriend Perrie Edwards over the weekend and the young couple is now happily engaged.

Malik, 20, and the Little Mix singer sparked rumors of an engagement on Tuesday when Edwards walked the red carpet of the One Direction: This Is Us premiere with a diamond ring sparking on her left hand ring finger. Malik’s rep later confirmed the engagement, as did Edwards mother Debby Duffy.

"It's true. They got engaged on Sunday and it was absolutely lovely," Duffy said in an interview with Real Radio North East’s Gary and Lisa Show. "It's wonderful because Zayn's absolutely gorgeous and Perrie loves him to pieces and it's just perfect! They just get on so well together and they understand each other so it's just fabulous."

Malik might appear to have a bit of a rebellious spirit, but when it came to proposing marriage he opted to go the traditional route. Prior to asking for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage, he asked permission from her mother and talked it over with his parents as well.

Perrie Edwards showing off her engagement ring at 'This Is Us' Premiere

The pair began dating over a year ago in April 2012, but have known each other since 2011 when they both competed on UK’s X Factor. But because he’s popped the question, doesn’t mean their nuptials are around the corner, according to Duffy. "I mean obviously they've got so much to do,” she said on the radio show. “They'll wait 'til 2014, 2015."

Earlier this month, Malik and Edwards made headlines when it was confirmed that the One Direction singer had gotten a tattoo of his girlfriend’s likeness on his right arm. While many were criticizing Malik’s decision to get his girlfriend permanently inked on his bicep, Edwards openly shared her fondness for it.

"It must be love, to be honest," she told omg! Insider. "When I'm away from him, I guess he can just take a look at his arm and remind him of me," Edwards suggested. "So it's a lovely compliment, really. I love it, it's lovely."

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