Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid have been on and off for the past several years, making headlines with their public breakups and reconciliations. The two first started dating in 2015 and had a highly publicized romance until their first breakup in March 2018. Since then, their relationship has been rocky, with multiple breakups and makeups along the way.
From dating rumors to confirmed romance: The Start of Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik’s Whirlwind Romance
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid’s relationship has been a subject of fascination for fans since they first started dating in 2015. The couple’s whirlwind romance began just a few months after Malik’s high-profile split from his former fiancée, Perrie Edwards, and had fans wondering if this new relationship was just a rebound or the real thing.
The couple first met at Victoria’s Secret after-party in November 2015, where they were introduced by mutual friends. At the time, Hadid was still dating Joe Jonas, but that didn’t stop Malik from pursuing her.
In an interview with ES Magazine in 2016, Malik revealed that he was immediately drawn to Hadid’s personality and looks. “I just asked her if she wanted to go on a date. I was in New York [and] I was like, ‘I wanna come see you.’ I don’t know if it was in the moment or not, but I kind of said, ‘I wanna go on a date or something,'” he said.
Their first date was at The Bowery Hotel in New York City, and the couple hit it off immediately. Soon after, they were spotted together all over the city, attending fashion shows, going on romantic walks, and even celebrating Hadid’s 21st birthday together.
As their relationship began to heat up, the couple didn’t shy away from showing their affection for each other on social media. Hadid posted a photo of her and Malik cuddled up in bed, and he shared a picture of her cooking in his kitchen.
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Despite their public displays of affection, the couple did experience some bumps in the road. In June 2016, they briefly split up, with sources citing conflicting schedules as the reason for their break. However, the split was short-lived, and they were back together just a few weeks later.
In the years that followed, the couple’s relationship continued to grow stronger, with Hadid often accompanying Malik to his performances and the two of them attending red carpet events together. They also shared their love for each other on social media, with Malik sharing a photo of Hadid and calling her his “everything” on her 22nd birthday.
The First Split: Zayn and Gigi’s Initial Breakup
Their first breakup came as a surprise to many fans, who had been following the couple’s romance on social media. Malik announced the split on Twitter, writing, “Gigi and I had an incredibly meaningful, loving, and fun relationship and I have a huge amount of respect and adoration for Gigi as a woman and a friend. She has such an incredible soul.” Hadid also shared a statement on Twitter, writing, “Breakup statements often seem impersonal because there is really no way to put into words what two people experience together over a few years… not only in the relationship but in life in general.
A Stronger Relationship: Zayn and Gigi’s Second Chance at Love
Despite the initial breakup, the two were spotted together a few months later in New York City, sparking rumors of a reconciliation. They confirmed their relationship was back on in June 2018 with a sweet Instagram post, captioned, “saw your face and got inspired.” The couple went on to attend several public events together, including the Met Gala and Paris Fashion Week.
A Second Split: Zayn and Gigi Call it Quits Again
However, the relationship took another turn in January 2019 when they announced their split once again. Hadid confirmed the breakup on her Instagram stories this time, writing, “I’m forever grateful for the love, time, and life lessons that Z and I shared. I want nothing but the best for him and will continue to support him as a friend that I have immense respect and love for.”
The Rekindling: Zayn and Gigi Get Back Together
But just a few months later, in April 2019, the couple was once again spotted together, reigniting rumors of a reunion. They confirmed their relationship was back on with an Instagram post in June 2019, with Malik sharing a photo of the two captioned, “2 yrs w my favorite human.” They continued to share sweet pictures and moments on social media, and fans were hopeful that this time, the couple’s relationship would last.
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Keeping Things Amicable: Zayn and Gigi’s Cordial Breakup
Unfortunately, that hope was short-lived, as the two announced another split in January 2020. This time, sources close to the couple revealed that their busy schedules and conflicting priorities were the cause of the breakup. Despite the split, both Malik and Hadid maintained a cordial relationship, with Malik even praising Hadid in an interview with Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio, saying, “She’s a really good person, and she’s been really helpful to me throughout this.”
In September 2020, Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Khai, into the world. The news of the couple’s new addition was met with excitement and well-wishes from fans all around the world.
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Malik and Hadid first sparked rumors that they were expecting a child in April 2020, after several sources close to the couple confirmed the news to various media outlets. However, the couple remained tight-lipped about the pregnancy and did not officially confirm it until Hadid appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in April 2020, where she announced, “Obviously, we wished we could have announced it on our own terms, but we’re very excited and happy and grateful for everyone’s well wishes and support.”
The two once again reignited rumors of a reunion in December 2020, when Hadid posted a photo of Malik on her Instagram stories, captioned with the words, “Hey Valentine…Z on the farm.” The photo showed Malik holding a baby goat, and fans were quick to speculate that the two were back together. This was confirmed in February 2021, when Hadid posted a sweet photo of Malik on Instagram, captioned, “forever n then some.”
The Future of Zayn and Gigi’s Relationship: What’s Next for the Couple
Since then, the couple has kept their relationship relatively low-key, rarely posting about each other on social media. However, they have been spotted together on several occasions, including a recent outing in New York City with their daughter, Khai. Fans are hopeful that this time, the couple’s relationship will last, and that they will be able to overcome any obstacles that come their way.
Shortly after in October 2021, Zayn Malik was accused of ‘“striking” Gigi Hadid’s mom Yolanda Hadid. The singer was quick to deny the allegations, saying in a statement, “I adamantly deny striking Yolanda Hadid, and for the sake of my daughter I decline to give any further details, and I hope that Yolanda will reconsider her false allegations and move towards healing these family issues in private.”
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The day after the news broke, multiple sources confirmed that the pair called it quits. According to an insider, “[Zayn] continues to be very much involved in Khai’s life. He and Gigi still care deeply for each other.”
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid’s relationship has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs over the past several years. The couple’s on-and-off status has been the subject of much but Gigi and Zayn are getting along just fine and their utmost concern is keeping things private for Khai’s sake.