We remember when rumors of Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik dating began years ago. She’s a supermodel and he’s a singing sensation — and it was only a matter of time before the two got together. Now, they’ve since announced their split, and fans are heartbroken. It seemed as if their relationship was solid, too — which leaves us even more confused.
In the wake of the breakup, Zayn may not be over Gigi just yet. His new tattoo and song release are just a few indicators he wants the supermodel back in his life after all.
1. Zayn and Gigi both came out of serious relationships when they began dating
It back all the way back in November 2015 when the sparks first flew for Gigi and Zayn. Cosmopolitan reports Gigi and ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas were separated for just a few weeks before she was seen with Zayn. And Zayn had been engaged to Perrie Edwards before allegedly breaking it off over text and asking Gigi on a date.
As for how Zayn pursued her, he supposedly recognized Gigi from a photo and then asked her to dinner after meeting her at a Victoria’s Secret party. From there, the rest is history.
Next: This public display of affection had fans freaking out.
2. They even publicly flirted on Twitter
It wasn’t long before relationship rumors were confirmed with this Twitter banter. In early 2016, Insider notes Gigi appeared in Zayn’s music video for “Pillowtalk.” When the video was released, the couple took to Twitter to flirt — and it didn’t go unnoticed by fans.
Zayn tweeted at Gigi asking if she’d seen the video yet. Gigi responded back, saying, “I wasn’t looking at myself, trust me,” with a number of fire emojis.
Next: We’ll never forget these photos they took together.
3. The couple’s Vogue photo shoot showcased their intense romance
As if the paparazzi photos and online banter wasn’t enough, the couple appeared together in a Vogue photo shoot. Not only did they look absolutely in love in a number of the photos, they also challenged gender stereotypes by wearing similar track suits and identical fabrics through the shoot.
They discussed the shoot to Vogue, where they appeared to be totally on the same page with swapping clothes and breaking traditional gender codes. Their similar outlook had us all feeling the love between them.
Next: This is why the seemingly perfect couple broke up.
4. They broke up due to their relationship not being ‘practical’
It seems work conflicts and crazy schedules may have been what drove the seemingly perfect couple apart. E! News reports a source close to the two said their busy schedules put a ton of pressure on them both, causing the breakup.
Both Gigi and Zayn also made public statements on Twitter regarding their separation. Zayn said he still has a “huge amount of respect and admiration” for his ex, and Gigi tweeted that she’s “forever grateful for the love, time, and life lessons” she shared with Zayn.
Next: Is Zayn’s recent tattoo related to the breakup?
5. Zayn got this tattoo after the breakup, and fans are freaking out
Zayn has plenty of tattoos, but his most recent one might just be about Gigi. E! News reports just days after announcing the split, he showcased new ink — though this time, it’s on his head. The tattoo is of a black and white rose, and of course, the stem has thorns.
This isn’t the first tattoo of Zayn’s that relates to Gigi, either. Let’s not forget her eyes are inked on his chest forever.
Next: One of Zayn’s newer tracks is a heartbreaking reminder of their love.
6. This 1 song of Zayn’s was totally written about Gigi
What better way to come out of a hard breakup than with some fresh ink and the launch of a new video? Hollywood Life reports Zayn’s song, “Let Me,” was written back when the two were still together. Though Zayn says that “we move forward in life,” he confirmed that “Let Me” was all about Gigi — and he even made a video for the song.
“We go through experiences so we have memories and stories and things to write down and contemplate and think about. You get to really put your experience into something. It should be remembered forever,” he said.
Next: Could Zayn still have feelings for Gigi?
7. Zayn says he wanted to be with Gigi forever
Harper’s Bazaar reports that Zayn commented on the split while promoting “Let Me” — and it gave us serious insight into how felt about Gigi. The singer said he was clearly in love when he wrote the song. And that’s not all, as he also said, “I was aspiring to be in love with someone for the rest of my life and the rest of theirs, as we all do.” It seems Zayn had some long-term relationship goals for him and Gigi that remain unfulfilled.
Next: We’re all hoping the breakup doesn’t last.
8. Is there any hope for the couple in the future?
Couples get back together — so is there any chance these two could make things work? Judging from their Twitter statements, the split was amicable. Perhaps if their work schedules lighten up, they could reunite and make a serious relationship work in the future.
It’s happened in the past, after all. Us Weekly reminds us the couple briefly split back in 2016 — but they reconciled right away. We’re waiting for the green light that the couple is back on once again.
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