It’s with a heavy heart and dramatically mixed feelings that we confirm that yes, Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid have broken up. The ex-One Directioner and supermodel are officially single. Part ‘yay’, part ‘how sad, we were rooting for you two’.
After rumours spread yesterday afternoon, Zayn and Gigi each posted statements to Twitter confirming that they were no longer an item and the two separate announcements carried slightly different sentiments. In true Zayn form, there was an air of angst and low-key shade embedded in his few words, while Gigi opted for an optimistically philosophical approach.
‘Gigi and I had an incredibly meaningful, loving and fun relationship and I have a huge amount of respect and adoration for Gigi as a woman and as friend’, Zayn wrote. ‘She has such an incredible soul.’
‘I’m grateful to all of our fans for respecting this difficult decision and our privacy at this time, we wish this news could have come from us first. We love you all. xZ’, he added.
It is, of course, great to know that Zayn will continue to respect Gigi in her two roles as 'woman' and 'friend', as apparently these two tropes are in this case mutually exclusive sigh. The intentional shade thrown by Zayn, though, is clearly in the comment about 'privacy' and wanting to share the news himself which, to be fair, we totally understand.
We can't be sure when the pair officially broke things off, but Zayn has been in Miami working on the videos to songs from his upcoming album for the last few weeks and with Fashion Month only recently having come to an end, Gigi hasn't been around much either. Conflicting schedules seem to be the number one spark for high profile celebrity break ups, but will this one last? Well, Gigi has left us with an inkling of hope...
‘Breakup statements often seem impersonal because there is really no way to put into words what two people experience together over a few years .. not only in the relationship, but in life in general.’ she wrote in her relatively impersonal breakup statement that doesn't fully explain what she and Zayn experienced together over the last few years.
‘I’m forever grateful for the love, time, and life lessons that Z and I shared.' Gigi added. 'I want nothing but the best for him and will continue to support him as a friend that I have immense respect and love for.' Searching for some hidden meaning in the use of 'life lessons'? us too. It could mean a number of things, really. But our guess is that serious shit went down between the time Zayn went and got that tattoo of Gigi's eyes on his chest and now. Those inked eyes could definitely have been symbolic for Gigi watching over Zayn while the two were frequently separated. Heavy speculation? Yes. Possible scenario? We're going with it.
Gigi signed off the statement with the following: 'As for the future, whatever’s meant to be will always be. xG'. Profound, isn't it? But does it mean that Zayn ended things with her and that she's remaining hopeful for a reunited future once they've both got their shit together? Or perhaps it means that she ended things with Zayn and doesn't want it to sound *too *permanent. Or it could be the echo of her mother Yolanda's wisdom because admittedly, it definitely sounds like something your mum would say.
Not long after her daughter and Zayn tweeted their separation announcement, Yolanda posted a similarly toned quote to her Instagram feed. It read: 'The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open'.
And if by 'the open' she means back into the sea of singledom, then maybe she's pretty happy about her eldest daughter being relationship free now.
Zayn has since unfollowed both Gigi and Yolanda on Instagram in the accordance with post-public relationship protocol however, at time of writing Gigi still follows Zayn. Leaving the window of opportunity open to expose herself to the possibility of reuniting with her tattoo clad bae? Possibly. I imagine if Zayn had dumped her by text in the way he supposedly did to ex-fiance Perrie Edwards, the hopeful high road probably wouldn't have been taken.
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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.