Since Thanksgiving weekend, fans have assumed that Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid are a couple, and their photos on social media seemed to push that point.
A couple of months later, Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid appear to be getting rather cozy in his new video “Pillowtalk,” — but now he has declared that the two of them are just friends.
Released on YouTube on January 28, within the first 48-hours, Zayn Malik’s first post-One Direction music video reach almost 9 million views.
The Daily Mail noted on January 29 that Zayn Malik’s “Pillowtalk” had reached number one in 60 countries on iTunes.
“Pillowtalk” is obviously a romantic song about a love interest, and Zayn Malik snuggles in close to Gigi Hadid in the video… as if they are dating in real life.
About “Pillowtalk,” the video is described by the media as “starring his model-of-the-moment girlfriend, Gigi Hadid.”
However, looks can be deceiving, and Zayn Malik is outright denying that he is dating Gigi Hadid.
Entertainment Weekly reported on January 28, that Zayn Malik interviewed with Beats 1 host, Zane Lowe. Among the things Zayn Malik discussed were his 17 to 18 songs for his upcoming March album, Mind of Mine.
Nevertheless, in that same interview, Zayn Malik was quoted as saying the following about a romantic relationship with Gigi Hadid, according to Vanity Fair.
“Oh, Gi… she’s good, she’s real good, we just finished Making a Murderer, yeah … Yeah, good friends, yeah.”
Adding to this, Seventeen stated on January 29, that after Zayn Malik said in a radio interview that he was platonic with Gigi Hadid, her bestie, Kendall Jenner, sent her supportive tweets calling her “the best girlfriend.”
Before Zayn Malik fans lose their cool, they should keep in mind that Gigi Hadid once referred to Joe Jonas as “just a friend” in 2014. According to UPI, Gigi Hadid said the following about speculations that she and Joe Jonas were more than friends.
“All the brothers are amazing, but I’m closest with Joe. He is a really good friend of mine. It’s just really hilarious for us. We will read [dating rumors about us] and we will be like, ‘Oh, we’re dating. Oh, cool.’ We just laugh it off. It’s funny for us.”
Obviously, sometimes Gigi Hadid is close friends with someone before she starts dating them, and time will tell if she follows the same pattern with Zayn Malik that she did with Joe Jonas.
There is also a chance that Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid will not work out because her friends do not like Zayn — if insiders can be believed.
Around December 1, 2015, E! Online reported that insiders close to Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik said, “Her friends do not quite understand what the attraction is. He is not her usual type, he doesn’t share her sense of humor or ease with people [and] he’s a little more self-aware and awkward.”
Adding to this, around January 7, Bella Hadid reportedly said that she thought Zayn Malik was using her sister. OK! reports that insiders close to Gigi and Zayn Malik said, “Bella is worried sick about sister Gigi’s bizarre romance with moody loner Zayn Malik and has begged her to be careful out of fears he’s just using her.”
With or without Zayn Malik, Gigi Hadid has her own career ambitions for 2016. For instance, Gigi Hadid will have a line of clothing coming out through Tommy Hilfiger in the fall, according to the Ireland Independent.
As for Zayn Malik’s future priorities, in addition to releasing his first solo album in March, he might be babysitting. According to MTV, Zayn Malik is excited about Louis Tomlinson’s new baby — and Uncle Zayn is conveniently located in Los Angeles around the corner from Briana Jungwirth.
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