Inside Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid’s toxic split

The singer is accused of ‘shoving’ his girlfriend's mum

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by Katie Holloway |
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It was reported last week that Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid have split up, after a shocking incident involving the former One Direction star and Gigi’s mother Yolanda. US showbiz website TMZ reported that Zayn was charged for four criminal offenses of harassment and, although the official document says he pleaded guilty to one, other documents show he pleaded no contest.

After previously “adamantly” denying he had struck Yolanda – grandmother to Zayn and Gigi’s 13-month-old daughter Khai – it has been reported that the 28-year-old singer “shoved” Yolanda, 57, into a dresser, “causing her mental anguish and physical pain”. The argument, which Zayn has not denied, allegedly took place at the end of September, while Gigi, 26, was in Paris.

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According to documents seen by TMZ, during the exchange, it is claimed that Zayn called Yolanda a “f--king Dutch slut” and ordered her to “stay away from [my] f--king daughter”, referring to her as “the f--king sperm that came out of [my] f--king c---.”

Zayn is apparently also accused of harassing Gigi, reportedly telling her on the phone to “strap on some f--king balls and defend your partner against your f--king mother in my house.”

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Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik's Relationship Timeline - Grazia

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November 2015

It all starts in November 2015{ =nofollow}, when Gigi and Zayn are pictured together leaving Justin Bieber's American Music Awards after-party; Gigi had presented an award at the show alongside Kylie Jenner. The couple is spotted holding hands while out and about in LA a few days later.

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January 2016

The singer and model tell everyone they're 'just friends,' but Gigi is pictured with her phone and the visible lock screen is a picture of Zayn{ =nofollow}... Suspicious. Zayn then releases the music video for his song 'Pillowtalk' and it features quite a lot of Gigi.

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January 2016

And then, after the music video has been released, Gigi and Zayn share this exchange on Twitter, where the level of flirting is truly off-the-charts.

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February 2016

During an interview, radio hosts refer to Gigi as Zayn's girlfriend, Zayn is called Gigi's 'real-life boyfriend.'

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May 2016

The couple make their red carpet debut at the 2016 Met Gala in matching futuristic robot-themed outfits.

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June 2016

The first rumours that the pair have split up begin to trickle in, but Gigi quickly squashes them in an interview with_: when asked to choose between a night out or a night in, Gigi replied, 'Night in. Cook. Paint. Play with my dog. Hang out with my boyfriend. Watch movies. Just chill.'

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CREDIT: Instagram/gigihadid

July 2016

Helping to put fans' minds at ease, Gigi shares this adorable snap of the couple to Instagram confirming that they are indeed still together.

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October 2016

The couple are spotted on the FROW together at several shows during the Spring/Summer 2017 season.

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January 2017

Gigi is spotted with a ring on that finger, leading people to speculate the couple was engaged, but it turned out to be a fluke.

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CREDIT: Instagram/yolandahadid

September 2017

Gigi and Zayn go on holiday with Gigi's mother Yolanda, who posts this cute snap of the couple with the caption, '❤ufe0fSummer Loving....... #Family.'

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CREDIT: Instagram/gigihadid

October 2017

For Halloween, Gigi and Zayn go in matching Spiderman costumes and Gigi calls herself 'Spidey's girl.'

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CREDIT: Twitter

March 2018

The couple break up officially for the first time, with Zayn releasing this statement on Twitter.

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April 2018

Zayn is seen outside Gigi's apartment for the first time since they split and TMZ{=nofollow} catches them kissing. Are they back on?

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CREDIT: Instagram/gigihadid

June 2018

Zayn speaks to GQ{=nofollow}, where he states, 'We're adults. We don't need to put a label on it, make it something for people's expectations.'Gigi then posts a picture of the two cuddling to her Instagram story.

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January 2019

There are rumours of a split between Gigi and Zayn and reports say, 'They are in different points in their lives right now and decided they needed the time to breathe apart from each other.'

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January 2019

Gigi is seen leaving Zayn's apartment in NYC. Does this mean something? The Sun{=nofollow} posts the pictures.

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CREDIT: Instagram/gigihadid

December 2019

Gigi leaves Zigi fans going wild when she posts an Instagram story saying that she's cooking one of Zayn's mum's recipes.

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January 2020

Gigi and Zayn make their first public appearance in awhile leaving dinner at Il Buco in New York City alongside Bella Hadid, Yolanda Hadid and Dua Lipa ahead of Zayn's 27th birthday.

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February 2020

Confirming the couple is back together, Gigi posts a picture of Zayn on her secret Instagram account for Valentine's Day.

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April 2020

Gigi celebrates her 25th birthday while in isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and Zayn is there with her alongside sister Bella.

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April 2020

Congratulations are in order — the couple is reportedly expecting a baby together!

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The court documents also state that Zayn tried to fight a security guard, who was present in the house. The former One Direction star has been fined and sentenced to 90 days probation for each count, totalling 360 days. He has been ordered to complete an anger management class and a domestic violence programme, and must also have no contact with Yolanda or the security guard.

Before news of the charges became known, Zayn had taken to Twitter to address the incident, writing, “As you all 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.”

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He continued, “In an effort to protect that space for [Khai], I agreed to not contest claims arising from an argument I had with a family member of my partner’s, who entered our home while my partner was away several weeks ago. This was and should still be a private matter, but it seems for now there is divisiveness, and despite my efforts to restore us to a peaceful family environment that will allow for me to co-parent my daughter in a manner she deserves, this has been ‘leaked’ to the press.”

A source has claimed that there had previously been tension between Zayn and Yolanda, which erupted after he suspected she had leaked news of their pregnancy to the press last year.

Gigi, meanwhile, released a brief statement following the news via a spokesperson, who said, “Gigi is solely focused on the best for Khai. She asks for privacy during this time.”

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