Why Gigi Hadid Will Always Have Zayn Malik's Back

Why Gigi Hadid Will Always Have Zayn Malik's Back


Among the list of criteria for dating in 2020: Get you a partner who will come hard for anyone that dares call you out on social media. 

Because Gigi Hadid wasn’t having any of that when YouTube personality Jake Paul criticized boyfriend Zayn Malik last month. Boasting how he “Almost had to clap up zane from 1 direction because he is a little guy and has an attitude,” Paul tweeted, “Zane ik you’re reading this… stop being angry cause u came home alone to ur big ass hotel room hahaha.”

Except as Hadid was quick to point out to her nine million-plus followers (more than double those of Paul, for what it’s worth), the former One Direction-er turned American Music Award-winning R&B vocalist really has very little to be angry about. “Lol cause he doesn’t care to hang w you and your embarrassing crew of YouTube groupies ..?” Hadid replied. “Home alone with his best friends like a respectful king cause he has me, sweetie. Unbothered by your irrelevant ugly ass. Go to bed …”

Unclear if Paul followed her advice, though he did delete the tweet. 

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Score one for the couple sometimes known as Zigi. Two really, because for those keeping track at home, this pairing is definitively set to the on-again position. 

There’s been more than a few switches in the four-plus year saga of the in demand musician and his supermodel muse. Ignoring any brief breakups that may have occurred with their fans remaining none the wiser, the 27-year-old Brit and the nearly 40-time Vogue cover girl, 24, have split some three times, most recently in late 2018. 

But not only have they reunited each time that much stronger—a source told E! News after their December 2019 reconciliation that “the break between the two was needed,”—they’ve remained in each other’s corners throughout. When fans were quick to assume his April 2019 missives were subtweets directed at his then-ex, Malik set the record straight, calling Hadid “the most amazing woman I’ve ever known” and someone who “does nothing but love and support me when lord knows I don’t deserve it. So if you have anything to say @ me and I’ll put you the f–k straight.”

So, yeah, Hadid is going to have his back as well. Noting their years of history together, an insider recently told E! News the California native “has always had a soft spot for Zayn.” 

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That May saw them take over the Met Gala red carpet with their collaborative Versace and Tommy Hilfiger ensembles and sweet PDA. And by the following summer, Malik was having to bat back talk of their power couple status, explaining they were just two regular people in love who happened to be super talented and really, really, really, ridiculously good looking. (As in, attractive enough to shoot a joint cover of Vogue in Italy. NBD.) 

“That’s not something I want to be a part of,” he told Evening Standard in June 2017. “I’m with her because I like her and I hope she’s with me because she likes me. When we come home, we don’t really talk about that s–t. We just spend time together as a normal couple, cook food, watch TV, have a laugh.”

Another hallmark of their romance was family time, with the two celebrating Christmas with their clans—her mom Yolanda Hadid and model siblings Bella Hadid and Anwar Hadid and his mom Trisha Malik and sister Safaa Malik—and Eid al-Adha with their mothers. 


Through three breakups—a brief June 2016 split; another in March 2018 and the recent yearlong separation that saw Hadid flirt with the idea of giving Bachelorette contestant Tyler Cameron her final rose—that core of their coupling hasn’t changed. 

The key to their success, she told Evening Standard back in 2016, was having “very similar interests outside of work.” They “cook a lot together and do art together,” she continued, “and we’re each others’ best friends. We both feel we can talk about anything and learn a lot from one another.”

And so when Malik began reaching out to a single Hadid late last year, his overtures were pretty difficult to resist. “She has always loved him,” the insider told E! News of the reconciliation. “Zayn had been working on his music and focusing on his health and is in a really good place currently.” 

That his place physically is next to Hadid has made things all the better. “Everyone is happy for them and Yolanda and Bella have always loved Zayn,” continued the insider. “They all have always treated him like part of the family.” 

And you know how they each feel about family…

“I love whoever my children love and I’m very blessed with the men that they chose,” Yolanda told Us Weekly in 2018 gushing about both Malik and Bella’s love The Weeknd. In other words, Twitter trolls, come at this clan at your own peril. 

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