Zayn Malik Questions If He's Ever 'Truly Been in Love,' Even with Ex Gigi Hadid

Zayn Malik delves into personal insights on complex emotions

by Zain ul Abedin
Zayn Malik Questions If He's Ever 'Truly Been in Love,' Even with Ex Gigi Hadid
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Zayn Malik, the 31-year-old singer and former One Direction member is revisiting his understanding of love. He is questioning the authenticity of his past romantic experiences, including his notable relationship with model Gigi Hadid.

In a candid interview on the Zach Sang Show, Malik expressed uncertainty about whether he has ever truly been in love despite his lengthy relationship with Hadid, with whom he shares a daughter, Khai. "I don’t know how you know what love is.

It’s a really deep question. It’s hard, you know?" Malik pondered during the interview. He continued to discuss the complexity of love, suggesting it comes in various forms and is influenced by numerous factors, making it difficult to define.

"There are so many different variables that go into it," he added. Malik's reflections come amidst the release of his new album, Room Under the Stairs, which debuted last Friday. The "Pillowtalk" singer shared that love, as a concept, remains elusive and intangible, sparking further introspection about his emotional experiences.

"You can never really pinpoint what is love. There are ways you can show love. You can express it. But what is it, really? It’s not something we can hold in our hands," he elaborated.

Reevaluating Love's Reality

His past sentiments about being in love have shifted over time, often leading him to reconsider those feelings upon reflection.

"Your perspective changes it, right? You look back on it with new eyes, and you’re like, ‘Well, maybe I wasn’t in love there.’ But that’s time," Malik explained, questioning whether his experiences were truly love or merely life lessons.

Despite his uncertainties about romantic love, Malik confidently expressed his love for his daughter, Khai, noting a distinct difference in his feelings for her compared to romantic partners. "I’m in love with her as my child," he stated, emphasizing the clarity of this type of love compared to the complexities of romantic relationships.

Malik and Hadid, who is now 29, had an on-again, off-again relationship spanning from 2015 to 2021. Since their split, they have focused on co-parenting Khai, balancing their professional lives with their responsibilities as parents.

In a previous interview with NET-A-PORTER, Hadid highlighted the challenges and intentions behind her co-parenting arrangement. "I work when my daughter is with her dad, and that’s the time I have," she shared, underlining her dedication to both her career and her role as a mother.

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