Zayn Malik's pop star girlfriend Perrie Edwards was delighted when the One Direction singer inked a tattoo of her face on his arm, calling it a "lovely compliment".

The heartthrob had the large cartoon-style design etched on his right bicep back in June (13), and the Little Mix star admits she was thrilled he decided to mark their love in such a permanent way.

She tells Omg.yahoo.com, "It must be love, to be honest. When I'm away from him, I guess he can just take a look at his arm and remind him of me. So it's a lovely compliment, really. I love it, it's lovely."

Malik and Edwards have been dating for more than a year.