I'm about to deliver some potentially major news, and I need you to remain extremely calm: Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik might be back together (opens in new tab), according to a recent post on the model's Instagram story. Now take a deep breath. Do not freak out. I do not have time to calm everyone down this morning!
Allow me to set out the evidence. Hadid shared a series of cooking photos on her story (opens in new tab) Sunday, which wouldn't usually plunge the internet into a speculative frenzy. But she captioned one snap, "Sunday in the kitchen: about to marinate the chicken for one of my favorites!!! @mammamalik's Chicken Curry Pasta Salad." And @mammamalik (opens in new tab), otherwise known as Trisha Malik, just so happens to be Zayn Malik's mom.
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Things didn't stop there. Not only did Trisha repost Hadid's photo on her story, but she also shared an old video of the model—an extremely telling old video. Posted by @defendzigi (that's Zayn and Gigi, of course), the Vogue (opens in new tab)clip (opens in new tab) shows Hadid cooking while a duplicate Hadid asks her, "What's your favorite restaurant in the world?" Her response? "My boyfriend's mom's house." Which would be an unusual video to share if the couple were still separated, no?
Listen, I'll acknowledge it: Hadid might just have remained close with Trisha after splitting from Zayn, and this might be a lot of fuss over nothing. But hey—an unnamed source told (opens in new tab) E! News back in November, after Hadid's split from Tyler Cameron, that the old flames "went through a phase where they took time apart and weren't communicating at all, but they have been in touch recently." Is it really too much to hope that Zigi has risen again?!
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Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.
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