Zayn Malik has denied beating Yolanda Hadid, mother of his partner Gigi Hadid and grandmother of their child, in a domestic altercation.
The pop singer and former member of the boy band One Direction issued a statement saying: “I strongly deny having beaten Yolanda Hadid and for the sake of my daughter I refuse to give further details and I hope Yolanda will reconsider her false allegations and go in the direction of curing these family problems privately. ” TMZ had reported the alleged attack earlier in the week.
In a separate statement on Twitter to his 31 million followers, without mentioning Yolanda, he acknowledged that “harsh words” had been shared in a quarrel. He said that in order to protect a “safe and private space” for the daughter Khai, “he agreed not to contest claims arising from an argument I had with a family member of my partner who entered our home, while my partner was away several weeks ago.… but it seems that right now there is division… I hope for healing for everyone involved. ”
Malik and Gigi Hadid’s on-off relationship began in 2015, with Khai born in September 2020. Gigi Hadid’s representative has released a statement saying: “Gigi is focused solely on the best for Khai. She is asking for privacy during this time. “
According to the statement, People magazine also quoted an unnamed family friend of Hadid, who said the couple had separated. Neither Malik nor Hadid have commented on the allegations of a split.
With 42 million followers on Instagram, Malik remains a high-profile celebrity, although his music career has waned after the success of One Direction, which topped the US and UK charts with four out of five of their studio albums. Malik’s debut solo album from 2016 was also a transatlantic No. 1, although two more albums proved to be less commercially and critically successful.
Supermodel Gigi Hadid, sister of co-models Bella and Anwar, has been a mainstay on catwalks and magazine covers since her breakthrough in 2014. She has been at the forefront of campaigns for Valentino, Fendi, Moschino and many more.