ZAYN Malik is famously known as a former member of the British band One Direction.
Following his departure from the band, Zayn stepped out of the spotlight to focus on his relationship with Gigi Hadid but has since made headlines again after Gigi's mother, Yolanda, accused him of assault.
What happened between Zayn Malik and Yolanda Hadid?
On October 28, 2021, Yolanda, 57, a Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum and the grandmother of Zayn's daughter, alleged that he "struck her" the week prior during a family dispute.
The Dutch supermodel is also allegedly thinking about filing a police report.
“We don't have the details of what she claims triggered the alleged assault, but we're told Yolanda stands by her account. She claims Zayn 'struck' her,” TMZ reported.
At this time, it remains unclear what actually happened but it reportedly occurred at their ranch in Pennsylvania, where the couple has been living to maintain a low profile.
What did Zayn Malik say about the incident?
As news started to spread, Zayn, 28, took to Twitter to release a statement.
He wrote: "As you all know, I am a private person and I very much want to create a safe and private space for my daughter to grow up in. A place where private family matters aren't thrown on the world stage for all to poke and pick apart.
"In an effort to protect that space for her I agreed to not contest claims arising from an argument I had with a family member of my partner's who entered our home while my partner was away several weeks ago.
"This was and still should be a private matter," Zayn continued, "but it seems for not there is divisiveness and despite my efforts to restore us to a peaceful family environment that will allow for me to co-parent my daughter in a manner in which she deserves, this has been 'leaked' to the press.
"I am hopeful though for healing for all involved with the harsh words shared and more importantly I remain vigilant to protect Khai and give her the privacy she deserves."
Despite addressing the situation, Zayn did not mention Yolanda's allegations.
Who is Zayn Malik's daughter?
Since 2015, Zayn has been dating Yolanda's daughter Gigi, 26.
In September 2020, they then welcomed their first daughter, Khai Hadid Malik, who is 1 years old.
In September 2021, Yolanda was then seen posting a rare picture of her granddaughter on Instagram in honor of her first birthday.
"Happy first birthday to our Angel Khai," Yolanda wrote. "No words can express how much love and joy you have brought into our lives in just one year."
"I had to grow a whole other heart to absorb it all, you are such a magical little being that brings us smiles and blessings everyday," she continued.
"Thank you to your incredible mamma @gigihadid and bubba @zayn for the greatest gift of life!!"
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