In a recent interview on the Call Her Daddy podcast, former One Direction star Zayn Malik addressed the highly publicized altercation he had with Gigi and Yolanda Hadid back in 2021. This is the first time Malik has spoken about the incident since it occurred. Following the altercation, Malik pleaded “no contest” to four counts of harassment.
Until now, Malik had chosen to remain tight-lipped about the incident involving the 59-year-old matriarch of the Hadid family. He had only released a general statement on social media shortly after the altercation became public. However, in his conversation with Alex Cooper on the podcast, Malik offered insights into why he chose to plead “no contest” at the time.
Malik explained that he was fully aware of the situation and what had transpired, as did the people involved. He emphasized that his main concern was to avoid drawing attention to the incident. He wanted to steer clear of engaging in a negative exchange, particularly online, to protect his daughter’s future. Malik expressed his desire for his daughter to look back without encountering any potentially harmful narratives.
Prior to the altercation, Malik and Gigi Hadid had been in an on-and-off relationship for six years. In 2020, they welcomed their daughter Khai, who is now two years old. Malik shared that he and Gigi now have a “really good relationship” as co-parents, highlighting their ability to effectively navigate their responsibilities.
During the incident at the Hadid family’s Pennsylvania home, tensions were high between Malik and Gigi. The police report documented allegations of Malik hurling insults at Gigi and physically engaging with Yolanda. He was accused of verbally abusing Gigi and forcefully pushing Yolanda into a dresser. The report also mentioned derogatory language directed towards Yolanda, along with a demand for her to stay away from their daughter.
As Malik finally addresses the altercation, it remains evident that he aims to maintain a positive co-parenting relationship with Gigi while avoiding further escalation or negative publicity. The interview provides a glimpse into his perspective and his commitment to protecting his daughter’s well-being.