Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid have broken up after six years of dating on and off following news that Zayn allegedly “struck” Hadid’s mother, Yolanda Hadid, last week according to TMZ.
A source reported to Entertainment Tonight, "Yolanda and Zayn had a disagreement that turned hostile. Yolanda is telling people around her that Zayn struck her. Yolanda is extremely upset and it has caused issues with Zayn and Gigi. Gigi was not there for the time of the incident, so she’s had to listen to both sides.”
The former One Direction star has vehemently denied the accusations, telling several news outlets, including TMZ : "I adamantly deny striking Yolanda Hadid and for the sake of my daughter I decline to give any further details and I hope that Yolanda will reconsider her false allegations and move towards healing these family issues in private.”
Sources are currently contradicting one another, however, as to when the split between Hadid and Malik took place. Where one source told ET that the break-up was precipitated by the alleged incident between Malik and Yoland, others who claim to be “familiar with the situation” reported to TMZ that the couple split nearly a month ago.
"Gigi and Zayn broke up after the incident with Yolanda," ET's source said. "The two have been co-parenting but they are not together. They tried to make things work for their daughter, but it wasn’t working out.”
A representative for Hadid issued a statement on the model’s behalf saying that "Gigi is solely focused on the best for Khai. She asks for privacy during this time.”
Malik took to Twitter to write, "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. A place where private family matters aren't thrown on the world stage for all to poke and pick apart.
"In an effort to protect that space for her 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 still should 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 in which she deserves , this has been 'leaked' to the press.
"I am hopeful though for healing for all involved with the harsh words shared and more importantly I remain vigilant to protect Khai and give her the privacy she deserves."