Zayn Malik, the father of Gigi Hadid’s little girl, vehemently denied on Thursday that he struck her mother, Yolanda Hadid, during a violent dispute last week.
While TMZ reported Thursday that Yolanda Hadid, the former “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star, is considering filing a police report regarding the alleged assault, the former One Direction singer said in a statement that the incident was nothing more than a “exchange of harsh words” during an argument about his 1-year-old daughter’s safety and privacy.
“I adamantly deny striking Yolanda Hadid and for the sake of my daughter I decline any further details,” Malik, 28, said in a statement released through his representative, the Daily Mail reported.
Meanwhile, Gigi Hadid is attempting to stay out of the fray, telling Us Weekly in a statement: “Gigi is totally focused on what is best for Khai.” She requests discretion during this period.”
Malik provided further information in a second Twitter message, including his assertion that the event was precipitated by his efforts to “maintain a safe environment” for Khai. According to the Daily Mail, the British musician also put doubt on his relationship with Gigi Hadid. His message made reference to him and the Victoria’s Secret model attempting to “co-parent” their kid, implying that they are not actively dating.
“As you are all aware, I am a private person who want to provide a secure and quiet environment for my daughter to “As all of you know I am a private person and I very much want to create a safe and private space for my daughter to grow up in,” Malik began before seeming to take a swipe at Yolanda Hadid’s reality TV career, though he didn’t name her specifically. He said he didn’t want his daughter to be in a household “where private family matters” are “thrown on the world stage for all to poke and pick apart.”
Malik stated that an anonymous cousin of his “partner” invaded “our home few weeks ago when my girlfriend was gone.” He expressed regret that this “private affair” had been “leaked” to the public and pledged to stay “vigilant” in defending Khai and providing her with the “privacy she deserves.”
Malik, 26, and Hadid, 26, have been in and out of a relationship since 2015. It was reignited when the model revealed she was expecting their daughter. Khai is due to be born in September 2020.
It is unclear where Malik’s altercation with Hadid’s mother occurred. Malik once purchased a house in rural Pennsylvania, not far from where Yolanda Hadid resides, according to the Daily Mail. He and Hadid were allegedly cohabiting in their spare time.
Gigi Hadid said in an interview over the summer that the musician frequently takes her mother’s side during family disagreements.
“At first he was like, ‘How do I get a word in edgewise?’ But now he is very comfortable,” Hadid, a Los Angeles native, told Harper’s Bazaar in July. “He speaks his mind. When he’s in the middle of a family thing and everyone’s like, ‘Zayn, whose side are you on?’ he’s charming. He’s usually on my mom’s side. So, he’s smart in that sense.”