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Zayn Malik denies he struck girlfriend Gigi Hadid’s mother, Yolanda, as couple splits

Update:

10 a.m. ET Oct. 29, 2021: TMZ is reporting that Zayn Malik was charged with four criminal offenses of harassment for an incident that happened on Sept. 29. Zayn pled no contest Wednesday to the charges. He was fined and given 90 days probation for each count, totaling 360 days, according to the story. He also must complete an anger management class and a domestic violence program. He must have no contact with Yolanda Hadid.

Malik allegedly shoved Yolanda Hadid into a dresser, and harassed Gigi Haddid.

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Singer Zayn Malik has denied that he struck former model Yolanda Hadid, mother of his girlfriend Gigi Hadid, as the couple announced Thursday that they have broken up, People magazine is reporting.

Both Malik and Hadid have asked for privacy amid the split.

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“As you all know I am a private person and I very much want to create a safe and private place for my daughter to grow up in,” Malik wrote on Twitter.

“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.”

The tweet continued­­, “This was and still should be a private matter but it seems for now 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.”

Khai is Malik and Hadid’s 13-month-old daughter.

After the tweet was posted, the former One Direction singer told TMZ that the claim that he had hit Yolanda Hadid was “false allegations”.

“I adamantly deny striking Yolanda Hadid,” Malik said. “For the sake of my daughter I decline to give any further details.”

In a statement to E! News, Gigi Hadid asked for privacy for herself and her child.

On Thursday, a representative of the model told E! News she is focusing on her daughter amid the news of the couple’s breakup.

“Gigi is solely focused on the best for Khai. She asks for privacy during this time,” her rep said.