Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards

One Direction star Zayn Malik has said he will "miss his girlfriend badly" when he has to go on tour next year.

Zayn will have to be separated from girlfriend Perrie Edwards of Little Mix  for most of 2013, when One Direction hit the road.

"They are so in love, they do everything together, and at the moment it's been brilliant because they both have been more or less continually based in the UK for the last few months. But now Zayn is preparing to jet off abroad and he's gutted that Perrie will have to remain in the UK. There's no doubt that he'll miss her badly when he's abroad next year," said an insider.

However, the couple is making plans to ensure they see each other as much as possible.

"Perrie's slightly more relaxed work schedule will allow occasional time off to fly to be with him," the source explained.