Zayn Malik has responded via Twitter to the claim made by his daughter’s grandmother that he struck her.
Yolanda Hadid claimed that 28-year-old Zayn, who shares a daughter with her daughter Gigi Hadid, struck her last week, and she’s planning to file a police report.
Zayn responded via Twitter. He said he has “agreed not to contest claims arising from an argument” and alleges the incident involved nothing more than an exchange of “harsh words.”
A rep for Malik said: “I adamantly deny striking Yolanda Hadid, and for the sake of my daughter, I decline to give any further details, and I hope that Yolanda will reconsider her false allegations and move towards healing these family issues in private.”
In Malik’s Twitter response, he claimed that the incident was triggered by trying to “protect a safe space” for one-year-old Khai.
He also cast doubt over his relationship with Gigi as he said in the statement that they would “co-parent” their daughter, suggesting they may not be together at this time.
He wrote: “As you all know, I am a private person, and I very much want to create a safe and personal safe for my daughter to grow up in. A place where private family matters aren’t thrown on the world stage for all to poke and pick apart.
“To protect that space for her, I agreed not to 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.
“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 peacefully 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.
He added: “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 needs.”