October 2018: It seems they’re officially back on when Hadid posts this pic to her Instagram and captions it “flyin’ home to my happy place.”
Early January 2019: Breakup rumors flare up and E! News reports the twosome are spending time apart. “They are in different points in their lives right now and decided they needed the time to breathe apart from each other,” an “insider” told the outlet. “They are still in touch and both hope that things will work out, but their relationship is always up and down.” Us Weekly also reported the two have broken up.
Mid-January 2019: Hadid is photographed leaving Malik’s apartment on Wednesday, January 16, which could mean something…or nothing. The Sun had photos.
November 2019: A source tells E! News that Hadid and Malik are talking again. “[Gigi] has always had a soft spot for Zayn and they have a lot of history together…. They went through a phase where they took time apart and weren’t communicating at all, but they have been in touch recently. She is supportive of him. They chat here and there, but it’s been casual,” the source said.
The source added, “They are definitely not getting back together but are on good terms right now.”
December 2019: Fans get very excited when Hadid writes on social media that she is making a recipe she learned from Malik’s mom—and tags her in the post. “Sunday in the kitchen: about to marinate the chicken for one of my favorites!!! @mammamalik’s Chicken Curry Pasta Salad,” she wrote. Malik’s mother, Trisha, also reposted the clip.
While this was certainly not evidence of relationship reboot (or that the pair were even hanging out), many fans of the couple took it as a sign that a reconciliation might happen.
January 2020: Fans who were hoping for a public reunion get their wish when the couple is spotted ahead of Malik’s 27th birthday. They were photographed leaving dinner at New York City’s Il Buco, where they celebrated with Bella Hadid, Gigi’s mom Yolanda Hadid, and Dua Lipa (the singer is dating Gigi’s brother Anwar). Both Gigi and Zayn were smiling as they walked down the street arm in arm, suggesting they were fully back together. Gigi looked chic in a white turtleneck and pale-green blazer and pantsuit, while Zayn wore a patchwork-printed bomber jacket.