Zayn Malik, the internationally acclaimed musician, recently opened up in a rare interview about his experience as a co-parent and raising his two-year-old daughter, Khai, alongside his ex-girlfriend Gigi Hadid. In a highly anticipated appearance on the Call Her Daddy podcast hosted by Alex Cooper, Zayn delved into the transformative role of fatherhood, describing it as a lifeline that “saved him” and injected vibrant hues back into his life.
The devoted father expressed his unwavering commitment to setting a positive example for his daughter, remarking, “Since I’ve had my daughter, the primary focus in my mind has been trying to be a good influence on her. That’s why I agreed to do this interview, you know? I used to experience a lot of anxiety about having conversations like this. But I want her to be able to look at me and say, ‘Hey, my dad’s doing this.'” Zayn’s heartfelt words radiate the depth of his love for his daughter and his determination to be a source of inspiration for her.
Zayn, who is currently generating buzz for his upcoming song ‘Love Like This,’ scheduled for release on July 21st, revealed that he and Gigi share custody of Khai following their separation two years ago. Reflecting on their co-parenting journey, he expressed satisfaction, saying, “Co-parenting is going well. We have a strong relationship for the sake of Khai, who is our top priority.” Zayn underscored the profound impact that fatherhood has had on him, stating, “Certain experiences in life can dramatically shift our perspectives. For me, ever since I became a father, my primary focus has been on setting a positive example for her… There comes a point in adult life when everything feels dull, vague, and monotonous, but she has brought back the vibrancy and color.” Zayn’s words encapsulate the joy and fulfillment he derives from being a father.
Zayn and Gigi embarked on their love story in 2015, and the couple joyfully announced Gigi’s pregnancy in April 2020, with Khai arriving in September of the same year. Despite their subsequent separation in October, which followed reports of an alleged altercation between Zayn and Gigi’s mother, Yolanda Hadid (an allegation he vehemently denied), the pair has successfully embraced co-parenting, ensuring the well-being of their beloved daughter remains the focal point of their relationship.