The latest chapter in Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik ‘s stop-start four year romance seemingly ended with a happy resolution on Tuesday evening amid claims that the couple are expecting their first child.
The pair – currently in self-quarantine at the Hadid family ranch in Pennsylvania – are yet to publicly confirm the news, but the supermodel is understood to be five months pregnant.
The news rubber stamps a stop-start four year romance for the pair, who originally sparked relationship rumours in November 2015 at the American Music Awards.
Justin Bieber’s after-party provided the backdrop as Zayn and Gigi reportedly left together, prompting rumours of a new romance.
Those rumours appeared to be confirmed paparazzi just a few days later when paparazzi photographers pictured the holding hands as they left a Los Angeles restaurant.
Despite claiming they were ‘just good friends’ the pair all but confirmed their relationship the following January, with Zayn’s instantly recognisable face featuring as the lock on Gigi’s iPhone.
VIDEO: Hadid and Zayn Malik lock arms as they reunite out in NYC
As well as her phone picture, Gigi demonstrated her affections for Zayn by sharing a snap of her gold and silver Z pendant, posting a snap of her new item of jewellery on her Instagram page as he marked his 23rd birthday.
Any residual doubts that they were more than just friends were soon to be dismissed when Gigi made an appearance in the steamy promotional video for Zayn’s post One Direction debut single, Pillowtalk.
There was also flirty exchanges on Twitter as the couple played on mounting speculation regarding their undeniable on-screen chemistry.
‘You seen the video babe? Someone’s looking,’ he asked the supermodel shortly after its January 2016 release.
Responding to the tweet, she wrote: ‘nah musta missed it. Jokes.. I wasn’t looking at myself, trust me.’
Confirming he and Gigi were an item, Zayn later reflected on her starring role in the video when asked what it was like to be on-screen with his girlfriend.
‘Yeah, that was cool,’ he told radio show Zach Sang and the Gang. ‘It was something different. We enjoyed it, it was fun. Had a lot of fun on set.’
In April 2016, three months after confirming their romance, the burgeoning super couple took part in an Italian shoot for Vogue, during which Zayn was referred to as Gigi’s “real-life” boyfriend.
With Naples used as an appropriately romantic backdrop, the couple were pictured writhing on a bed, kissing on a balcony and racing through the city’s narrow streets on a motorbike.
The glossy spread was followed by an equally engaging appearance at New York’s lavish Met Gala, with Zayn and Gigi making their first red carpet appearance as a couple.
Embracing the night’s theme – Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology – it was Zayn who commanded the bulk of the attention by opting to accessorize his suit with distinctive armoured sleeves.
Standing on the steps of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Gigi affectionately cupped her boyfriend’s face as they posed for photographers.
However the first signs of trouble were not far off, with reports of a split emerging in June, just two months after their red carpet debut.
Gigi appeared to dismiss those rumours by sharing a shot of his and hers Nutella jars on social media, while separate sources insisted the couple had merely taken a break.
In September 2017, having appeared in yet more fashion spreads together – including a controversial Vogue issue dedicated to gender fluidity – the couple took their relationship to the next level by vacationing with Gigi’s family, including her mother Yolanda Foster.
But despite seemingly going from strength to strength, the couple confirmed their relationship was over in separate Twitter statements, published in March 2018.
Addressing his fans, Zayn wrote: ‘Gigi and I had an incredibly meaningful, loving and fun relationship and I have a huge amount of respect and adoration for Gigi as a woman and a friend.’
Suggesting the split was mutual and in no way bitter, Gigi added: ‘I’m forever grateful for the love, time, and life lessons that Z and I shared.’
However, just one month later, the pair were spotted kissing in New York, prompting claims that they had already rekindled their romance.
By August 2018 Zayn and Gigi appeared to be back on, with the supermodel spotted wearing a necklace with his name on it. The pair also begin posting pictures of themselves across social media.
The couple were later hit with a fresh round of break-up rumours in January 2019, with multiple reports at the time claiming the duo were taking some time apart from one another.
But by December 2019 they dropped yet another hint that they had reconciled after Gigi revealed she was making a recipe she learned from Zayn’s mother Trisha, who promptly reposted the clip.
In February 2020 the couple appeared to officially confirm that they were back together for a third time, as Gigi posted a picture of Zayn with the caption: ‘HEY VALENTINE’
By March, with the world gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, Gigi posted a throwback picture of her Zayn locked in a passionate embrace in front of a Christmas tree, seemingly confirming they had spent the holidays together.
Leading up to the pregnancy news, it appeared the on-again couple were self-isolating together in Pennsylvania.
Gigi posted pics from her 25th birthday celebration on on April 23, writing that she was so happy to spend it with her “quarantine family” – including Zayn.