Now the fan seen in the photos, Lauren Richardson, is telling her side of what happened. Or rather, a "fellow tourist" who she shared the details with has passed along the dirt to The Mirror.
Zayn reportedly picked Lauren out at Seduction nightclub and then she partied with him and Louis Tomlinson at a luxury villa pool party.
According to The Mirror, "She was one of at least three girls" who "partied into the early hours." When Lauren returned to the Patong Backpacker Hostel where she was staying, she told a fellow tourist named Sean Dolan some of the highlights.
Sean spilled the beans to The Mirror, explaining: "She said Zayn was a lovely guy, and she'd been back to where they were staying – which was apparently incredible," adding, "She said each of them had a suite to themselves, and she was allowed to take a look around and even messed around in the pool."
The insider further explained, "At the villa they had a few drinks and threw a bit of a party. Lauren got a taxi back in the early hours of Wednesday morning. It was the talk of the hostel and she was pretty chatty about everything."
Lauren reportedly "said she had given Zayn her number but didn't expect to hear from him again and had enjoyed hanging out together – it sounds like she just had a great time," the tourist noted.