Gigi Hadid wants to keep ex Zayn Malik in her daughter’s life despite his domestic dispute with her mother, Yolanda Hadid.
“Yolanda is very upset with Zayn, but Gigi has made it clear that her daughter needs her dad,” a source close to Gigi reveals. “Gigi will do everything she can to make sure they co-parent in a civil way.”
Hadid, 26, and Malik, 28, split last month after Malik’s violent outburst in their Pennsylvania home he and Gigi shared at the time. The two have been focused on co-parenting their 13-month-old daughter Khai.
Malik was charged with four counts of harassment in the Sept. 29 incident in which he allegedly “grabbed [Yolanda] and shoved her into a dresser,” per court documents, which also revealed Malik allegedly hurled a series of insults at Yolanda, 57, and told her to “stay away from” his and Gigi’s daughter.
In addition to two harassment charges involving Yolanda, Malik was charged with harassing Gigi over the phone during the argument as well as a security guard, John McMahon, whom he attempted to “physically engage in a fight,” per the documents.
“Yolanda came over uninvited while Gigi was away for work and Zayn was taking care of Khai,” says a friend of Malik. “That led to an argument.”
The details of the altercation became public on Oct. 28 when TMZ published a report that stated how Malik had “struck” Yolanda. In a statement to the outlet, Malik “adamantly” denied striking her, saying: “I hope that Yolanda will reconsider her false allegations and move towards healing these family issues in private.”
And as he pleaded no contest to the charges, Malik is now required to serve 90 days of probation for each of the four counts; he must also complete an anger management class and a domestic violence program and is barred from having contact with Yolanda or McMahon.
The tension between Yolanda and Zayn has been brewing for a while, according to a source close to Gigi.
“Yolanda is, of course, very protective of Gigi,” says the source. “She wants the best for her daughter and grandchild. She has had some issues with Zayn. He has a complicated personality, and she thinks he could treat Gigi better. It’s been hard at times for Gigi to live with him.”
Since their split, Gigi and Zayn, who have dated on and off since 2016, have “continued to fight over Khai,” according to the Malik source. “It was a super toxic relationship.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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