Awkward!

Perrie Edwards of Little Mix was recently asked in an interview if she was bummed that her boyfriend, One Direction singer Zayn Malik, couldn't join her on tour ... right after pictures and rumors of him cheating on her surfaced. Yikes!

The journo, who was either unaware of the gossip or just trying to dig for her reaction, asked Edwards about her recent shows, "Was it disappointing that Zayn wasn't there?"

Edwards' bandmates were visibly shocked, with Jesy Nelson's mouth dropping. Edwards maintained her poise, though, and laughed it off with an awkward, "Erm ... no comments." The journo got the message and quickly changed the subject.

To refresh anyone unfamiliar: Malik was photographed in bed by an Australian waitress who claimed that she slept with him and sold her story to a tabloid. The waitress claimed that Malik insisted he was single, but that she found Edwards' photos and belongings in his room. (Which begs the question: how didn't she see those beforehand?)

Malik reportedly flew back from Paris, where he and 1D performed at the NRJ Music Awards, to see Edwards in the U.K. after the news hit. Here's hoping the "crisis talks" worked.

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