A Glimpse into Model Gigi Hadid and Former ‘One Direction’ Member, Zayn Malik’s Relationship

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After dating for five years, model Gigi Hadid and her beau, Zayn Malik, former One Direction member, welcomed a daughter. The new bundle of joy has made their love stronger than ever.

Entertainment icons Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik welcomed a baby girl in September 2020. Prior to that, the couple sustained an on-and-off relationship, which progressed gradually in public eyes.

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In honor of their “new-parents” status, Here’s a look at their relationship timeline through the years.

THE FIRST MEETING OF GIGI HADID AND ZAYN MALIK

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik met for the first time in 2015. They ran into each other at a Victoria’s Secret party, and the former teen idol recognized the model instantly from her pictures splashed across the internet and fashion magazines.

He asked her out without further ado, and the two honored their first date at Gemma, located in the Bowery Hotel, New York. The singer became drawn to Hadid’s smartness, class, and poise. As a result, the 27-year-old singer pushed for a relationship, and Gigi Hadid soon became Zayn Malik’s girlfriend.

THE ONSET OF GIGI HADID AND ZAYN MALIK’S RELATIONSHIP

At the beginning of their relationship, the lovebirds kept their romance private, rarely making public appearances or posting about each other on the gram. However, in November 2015, the press busted them leaving The Nice Guy in Los Angeles together.

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The sighting garnered vast publicity because Hadid was newly out of a relationship with Joe Jonas, while Malik was reportedly healing from a broken engagement. Several media outlets publicized the suspected romance, but the pair denied the speculations.

CONFIRMING THE RUMOURS

The Hollywood sweethearts had a special Christmas surprise for their fans in December 2015. They took their romance to the gram, with Zayn Malik posting a black-and-white polaroid picture of them together.

In January, news broke that the model had Malik’s face on her lock screen. They also exchanged flirtatious gestures on social media, without confirming their relationship status until February.

The February 2016 confirmation was unceremonious. For the first time, Malik failed to correct interviewers after they called Hadid his girlfriend. Their relationship progressed thereon.

MOVING THEIR RELATIONSHIP FORWARD

Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid did a spread as a couple in Naples, for Vogue. The publication officially tagged Malik as Gigi Hadid’s real-life boyfriend.

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Rumors of their breakup flooded the internet two months later, but the couple debunked them. In the months that followed, they proved themselves as the perfect couple, both in the real world and social media.

ZAYN MALIK AND GIGI HADID BREAK UP

Following months of attending red carpets together, celebrating national holidays in style, and becoming accustomed to each other’s families, the lovebirds encountered a relationship crisis.

The couple took to social media in March 2018 to announce their breakup. However, barely a month later, a media outlet published a picture of the duo kissing in New York. They started spending time together again. Malik admitted in a June interview that they were together, but felt no need to label their relationship.

ANOTHER REPORTED BREAKUP

Their on-again-off-again relationship took another hit in January 2019. The two separated again, with a source confirming they needed time apart to breathe.

This time, their split lasted a little longer. They still kept in touch, with Hadid seen on occasions leaving Malik’s apartment. Malik and Hadid became close again in November that same year.

A NEW BEGINNING

In January 2020, Malik and Hadid became almost inseparable. They surprised fans with their first public outing in months. The press captured photos of them holding hands outside New York City’s Buco alongside Gigi’s family.

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They confirmed the rekindling of their romance on Valentine’s day, with loved-up posts on social media.

THE TWO BECOME EXPECTANT PARENTS

Everyone rooting for Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid’s relationship success had their dreams come true on April 28. A source disclosed that the 25-year-old model was expecting a child, naming Malik as the lucky father.

MALIK AND HADID BECOME PARENTS TO A BABY GIRL

On September 24, 2020, the young couple welcomed their first child together. Malik made the happy revelation via an emotional post on social media, sharing a pic of the newborn holding on to his finger.

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Gigi Hadid also shared a photo of her daughter’s hands, accompanying it with a touching tribute to the little one who “changed our world.”

HADID AND MALIK’S PAST RELATIONSHIPS

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik, now parents-of-one, were not always the ultimate sweethearts. In fact, before falling into each other’s arms, the duo had adventurous, romantic lives, with several A-listers filling up the roster.

Hadid’s dating history includes names like pop star Cody Simpson, whom she dated for two years, and Lewis Hamilton, who sparked dating rumors with the model in 2015. Hadid also hooked up with singer and actor Joe Jonas in a romance that lasted five months.

Meanwhile, Zayn Malik, in the past, dated “The X Factor” finalist Geneva Lane and Rebecca Ferguson, also a star of the singing competition show.

Actress Stephanie Davis also had her stint in Malik’s life before he eventually hooked up with his ex-fiancee, Perrie Edwards.  Malik and Edwards called off their engagement in 2015, and shortly after, the former One Direction bandmate crossed paths with Hadid.

The rest is history!