Gigi Hadid gives nod to ex Zayn Malik on daughter Khai’s birthday

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik split last year amid accusations that he had struck her mother Yolanda – but have reportedly been focusing on co-parenting their daughter.

And on Monday, Gigi Hadid gave a rare friendly note to her ex Zayn Malik as she tagged him in an Instagram picture of their daughter Khai’s birthday cake.

Gigi, 27, who recently sparked romance rumors with Leonardo DiCaprio, captioned the snap: ‘Our little angel turned 2 today’.

Civilised: Gigi Hadid took to her Instagram on Monday to share a photo of her daughter Khai’s cake and tagged her ex Zayn Malik in her Stories, (pictured together in 2017)

The cake from Carlo’s Bakery included Peppa Pig characters made out of fondant and icing.

Ever since their breakup, this is not the first time that Gigi has given a nod to Zayn when it comes to their daughter’s special moments.

On Father’s Day 2022, she shared a rare photo on her Instagram Stories of the daddy-daughter duo.

Yum!  The cake from Carlo's Bakery included Peppa Pig characters made out of fondant and icing

Yum! The cake from Carlo’s Bakery included Peppa Pig characters made out of fondant and icing

It’s claimed that the couple’s split stemmed from ‘tension’ caused by Zayn accusing Gigi’s other Yolanda of leaking the news of their pregnancy in 2020, which led to the altercation where the Real Housewives star alleges Zayn struck her.

Zayn has denied her accusations, stating their exchange was simply ‘harsh words.’

The source added: ‘They co-parent. Yolanda is of course very protective of Gigi. She wants the best for her daughter and grandchild.’

Speaking out: Gigi asked for 'privacy' after it was reported she'd split from boyfriend Zayn following her mother Yolanda's accusations that he struck her

Speaking out: Gigi asked for ‘privacy’ after it was reported she’d split from boyfriend Zayn following her mother Yolanda’s accusations that he struck her

A source told The Sun:Tension really started between Yolanda and Zayn last year when he suspected she was the one who leaked their pregnancy news in the first place.

‘They were so grateful for that privacy and they were very upset when it came out. Zayn is a very, very private person and while dating him, Gigi has become a lot more private too.’

The source added that Zayn had ‘clashed’ with Yolanda because she does not feel ‘the same sense of privacy as he does.’

Co-parenting: The couple are now focused on 'co-parenting' their daughter Khai

Co-parenting: The couple are now focused on ‘co-parenting’ their daughter Khai

Sources have added that the pair haven’t ruled out reuniting in the future, and they ‘intend’ to get back together.

While fans were shocked by news of the altercation, sources claim that Zayn and Yolanda have always had a rocky relationship due to their clashing personalities.

An insider told The Sun: ‘Zayn lives an almost hermit like existence, he likes quiet, solitude, a slow pace, working on music – the farm/rural life suits him and they’ve been living at the ranch for a while.

Drama: It's now been reported that Zayn and Gigi split after he accused Yolanda (pictured with the singer in 2017) of leaking the news of their pregnancy last year

Drama: It’s now been reported that Zayn and Gigi split after he accused Yolanda (pictured with the singer in 2017) of leaking the news of their pregnancy last year

Yolanda has always been very supportive of and involved in Gigi’s career and is always saying Zayn should do more to support her – walk red carpets with her, post about her on IG, at one point she even suggested a reality show and he was horrified .

‘That’s Zayn’s idea of ​​a nightmare. It was almost like he was being guilt tripped as she’d always be hinting that Zayn’s reluctance to play the showbiz game was holding back Gigi’s career.’

Shocking: It comes after Gigi's mother Yolanda claimed that Zayn struck her during an altercation, with sources claiming she is considering filing a police report

Shocking: It comes after Gigi’s mother Yolanda claimed that Zayn struck her during an altercation, with sources claiming she is considering filing a police report

It comes after Gigi was pictured getting close to Leonardo DiCaprio at a party in New York City last week.

The 47-year-old actor was pictured with the model for the first time since the news of their reported romance broke, in exclusive photos obtained by DailyMail.com.

The pairing appears to be the first time the Oscar winner has ever dated a woman older than 25, and Gigi would also be the first woman he has dated who is a mother.

Happier times: The couple split last year and have reportedly been focusing on co-parenting their daughter (pictured in 2021)

Happier times: The couple split last year and have reportedly been focusing on co-parenting their daughter (pictured in 2021)

Following the leaking of the new pictures, a source close to the couple said while they are dating, they are ‘taking it slow,’ according to Page Six.

The source went on to say that the couple have been out together just the two of them as well as hanging out in groups with the pair not calling themselves ‘exclusive’ yet.

The person added:[DiCaprio] is not someone who is in-and-out of relationships. He doesn’t jump around hooking up. They are taking it slow.’

New romance?  Leonardo previously dated the model-turned-actress Camila Morrone, but they broke up earlier this summer, shortly after she turned 25;  seen in December 2021

Getting serious: DiCaprio and Gigi have previously spent time together years earlier;  pictured Monday

New romance? Leonardo previously dated the model-turned-actress Camila Morrone, but they broke up earlier this summer, shortly after she turned 25. DiCaprio and Gigi have previously spent time together years earlier

Although Leonardo appears to have set his sights on Gigi, an insider told E! News last week that he is ‘enjoying being single,’ and the two are ‘not exclusive.’

A source close to the model also claimed to the publication that ‘neither of them wants a relationship’ at the moment.

Gigi and Leo have hung out multiple times and are into each other. Gigi thinks he’s a really cool guy,’ they said.

Split: The supermodel and the former One Direction member dated for nearly six years before separating discreetly in October 2021 (pictured in 2021)

Split: The supermodel and the former One Direction member dated for nearly six years before separating discreetly in October 2021 (pictured in 2021)

‘Majority of their hangouts have stemmed from being in the same social circles at various parties.’

The actor and climate activist’s reported romance with Gigi comes following reports in recent days that he has been pursuing her.

However, earlier a source told Us Weekly last week that DiCaprio had ‘his sights set on Gigi,’ but ‘she doesn’t want to be romantic with [him] right now.’

Bachelor: Although Leonardo appears to have set his sights on Gigi, an insider told E!  News last week that he is 'enjoying being single,' and the two are 'not exclusive'

Bachelor: Although Leonardo appears to have set his sights on Gigi, an insider told E! News last week that he is ‘enjoying being single,’ and the two are ‘not exclusive’

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