‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’: Gigi Hadid Said She and Zayn Malik ‘Played it Cool for 10 Minutes’ Before Diving Into a Relationship

It’s tough trying to keep up with celebrity relationships, especially when it comes to supermodel Gigi Hadid and musician Zayn Malik. The two have been on and off for years, and Hadid gave birth to their daughter in September 2020. Now, the couple seems stronger than ever.

Back in 2017, Hadid talked about the humble beginnings of her relationship to Ellen DeGeneres, too. And she said she wasn’t able to “play it cool” at all when she first met Malik.

Gigi Hadid was on and off with Zayn Malik for years

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik attend the  Givenchy show
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik attend the Givenchy show | Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Hadid and Malik haven’t had a smooth relationship, though they certainly started off strong. Glamour reminds us they first started dating back in 2015. They were photographed at Justin Bieber’s American Music Awards after-party together, which seemed to be all the proof the public needed. Though in January 2016, Malik maintained he and Hadid were just good friends.

Shortly after claiming they’re friends, Malik and Hadid seemed to confirm their relationship in February 2016. While some breakup and engagement rumors swirled, they continued on without any major hiccups until 2018. Finally, in March 2018, Malik announced to Twitter that he and Hadid were finished.

“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 a friend,” Malik announced.

The breakup was short-lived, as the two were caught kissing in April 2018. Finally, in February 2020, Hadid officially announced she’s back with Malik. And in April 2020, Hadid and Malik made it known they were expecting their first child.

Hadid told Ellen DeGeneres she couldn’t play it cool around Malik in the beginning

Many romantic relationships have hot and fiery beginnings, and it seems this might’ve been the case for Hadid and Malik. Back in 2017, Hadid visited The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the first time, and she talked about her relationship. At that point, the two had been together for a year and a half. And Hadid told Ellen DeGeneres it was tough keeping it together when she went on a first date with Malik.

DeGeneres first asked Hadid how she met Malik, and Hadid explained they met at a friend’s birthday party years prior. “Then, he was in New York to the come to the Victoria’s Secret last year I think, and ended up not coming. And I was like, I’ll play it cool. I’ll go to the after-party. He wasn’t there. And then later that week we ended up going on our first date.”

“When ya’ll finally got together, was he playing it cool like you were playing it cool?” DeGeneres asked.

“We played it cool for about 10 minutes,” Hadid admitted. “And then I was like, ‘You’re really cute.'”

It seems the couple’s completely committed to each other

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So, now that Hadid and Malik have their own little family, what are they thinking in terms of the next steps? It seems they might be ready to move forward with their relationship. An insider told HollywoodLife the two are completely in love.

“Zayn and Gigi can’t get enough of each other,” the insider said. “Once anyone thinks it is over they get right back in their groove because they both believe they are each others soulmates.”

The insider then continued on by saying quarantine has helped Malik and Hadid realize what’s important in their lives — and it’s each other. “And now that they are in quarantine together they are realizing exactly what is important between the two of them and they are going to do everything in their power to be there for each other,” the source claimed. “It feels like it is a them against the world situation and they want to win that fight.”

Congratulations to Hadid and Malik on welcoming their baby girl!

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