Why did Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik break up? Singer hints at issues with Yolanda
Six years after first sparking the rumors, Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik are no longer a couple. Sources close to both celebrities confirmed that the duo has split up, but will continue to co-parent their 13-month-old girl Khai. The stunning development comes just days after rumors that Hadid's mom Yolanda is considering filing a police report against Malik. While he attempted to squash the story, it only appears to have grown since.
On October 28, it was revealed Yolanda was considering the action after Malik reportedly hit her. It isn't the first time the singer's fans have had to rush to his defense. Back in June 2021, he allegedly got into an altercation at a bar in New York City, but fans were quick to note he was provoked first. Hadid and Malik have had a rather on-and-off relationship over the past few years, with rumors circulating in March 2021 that they were married.
It's unclear whether they ever did tie the knot, but they've been pretty close since they were first snapped together in 2015 at an afterparty for the American Music Awards. Notably, this isn't the first time the duo has called it quits. They did separate for around two years in 2018, before being spotted together in 2020. However, this time it seems like they could be done for good.
Why did Hadid and Malik break up?
Unlike their last breakup, both celebs haven't issued detailed statements about what exactly happened. A rep for Hadid told PEOPLE, "Gigi is solely focused on the best for Khai. She asks for privacy during this time." Another family friend confirmed the news, saying, "They are not together right now. They are both good parents though." Malik's reps have not released a statement, and aren't responding to requests.
Given the timing though, it does appear to be connected to Yolanda's allegations. It's unclear what exactly happened between the two, but Malik allegedly ended up striking Yolanda. He never explicitly denied the allegations. In a Twitter statement, Malik said, "I agreed to not contest claims arising from an argument I had with a family member of my partner's... This was and still should be a private matter." He did however add that he was co-parenting Khai, so it does seem like he and Hadid are done, at least for now.
Malik is known to be an extremely private person, so much so that it was Hadid who announced her pregnancy in April 2020. He did however announce the arrival of Khai in September, with a tweet. In the past too, it's often been Hadid who has packed on the PDA. After their breakup in 2018, Hadid confirmed the duo were back together in February 2020 with an Instagram pic of Malik.
Since the story unraveled, Malik's fans have piled the pressure on Yolanda, with many criticizing and slamming her. It appears the public pressure has taken a toll on the family, but whether it is the full story we won't know. It's unclear if the duo ever plans to address their split, but until they do we can only guess as to what exactly happened.