What is Father’s Day if not a day for celebs to post photos of the fathers in their lives to give fans a glimpse into their personal lives? Gigi Hadid took full advantage of the opportunity on Sunday, sharing a sweet Father’s Day snap of her ex Zayn Malik and daughter Khai to her Instagram Story. The photo doesn’t show their faces, but there’s no mistaking the tattoos of a man (believed to be Zayn) whose hands are helping a baby (believed to be Khai) to paint. Hadid confirmed the identities with the message “to Khais Baba”.
The photo itself isn’t particularly revealing, although it’s one of the rare glimpses Hadid has shared publicly of her daughter, who is 21 months old and has only appeared a few times on her parents’ social media pages. When Khai was just a few months old, Hadid announced that she and Malik would not be sharing photos of their daughter’s face and wrote in one Open letter to paparazzi and fans that parents wanted her to “choose how she shares with the world as she grows up.” Hadid asked paparazzi and media outlets that publish photos of celebrities to “blur her face from the images if and when she is being filmed on camera” to protect her privacy.
The social media congratulations also serve as an unofficial update on the relationship status for Hadid and Malik, who split in October 2021 after Yolanda Hadid, Gigi’s mother, accused Malik of pushing her against a dresser and hitting her in Hadid’s New York apartment . Malik was charged with four counts of harassment and pleaded no appeal, eventually receiving probation. Malik addressed the situation with an a Notes app instruction, denied the allegations of molestation and said he chose to attend a plea without contest to “provide a safe and private space for my daughter to grow up in.” He also said that he “wants to bring us back to a peaceful family environment that will allow me to raise my daughter in a way that she deserves.” Neither Hadid nor Malik have spoken much about the end of their romantic relationship, but this one has Public confirmation seems to indicate that the former couple are co-parents, at least at peace.
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