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Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid are one of the hottest "it" couples in Hollywood, but their popularity isn't for lack of ups and downs throughout their four-year relationship. They've been on, they've been off, and there were times fans had no clue where they stood. But after reading Zayn and Gigi Hadid's quotes about each other, you'll know one thing for sure: No matter what Malik and Hadid have endured in the past, they've always got each other's backs.
At the start of 2020, Zigi shippers weren't clear on Zayn and Hadid's relationship status, but Hadid seemed to let the cat out of the bag when she shut down social media star Jake Paul for dissing Malik in a random Twitter rant on Feb. 23.
In a now-deleted tweet, Paul said he "almost had to clap up" Malik because he had an "attitude" and was just angry because he "came home alone to [his] big ass hotel room." Hadid destroyed Paul in a Twitter reply, writing, "He doesn’t care to hang w you and your embarrassing crew of YouTube groupies ..? Home alone with his best friends like a respectful king cause he has me, sweetie."
Calling Malik a "respectful king" is just one of the sweet things Hadid has said about him over the years. Here are a few more times Malik and Hadid have opened up about each other.
They Gush Over Their On-Screen Romance
Despite calling Hadid a "good friend" in an interview with Apple Beats 1 radio on Jan. 28, 2016, the pair spurred relationship rumors a day later when they exchanged flirtatious tweets about Malik's steamy new "Pillowtalk" video, which featured Hadid.
Malik got the ball rolling by calling her "babe," but Hadid turned things up a notch by gushing over Malik's looks.
Hadid Cherishes Malik's Vulnerability
When Malik canceled his June 11, 2016 performance at the Capital Summertime Ball due to anxiety, Hadid tweeted how proud she was of him for being vulnerable with his fans.
“Z — I’ve seen the battles you go through and the way you fight to get to a place that allows you to get up there for your fans,” Hadid wrote. “Your bravery in those times makes me proud, but your honesty last night proved what you’re all about, being real … Your talent and good heart will never lead you wrong. Love you and so proud of you always.”
They Treasure Each Other's Intelligence
On July 28, 2016, Malik raved about Hadid's beautiful brain to Elle UK.
"She’s super intelligent," he started. "I think that’s why it works so well. And we do the same type of job, so we get that with each other."
Hadid shared a similar sentiment when asked about Malik's most attractive quality in a September 2016 interview with Evening Standard. "I would say his brain," she said. "We cook a lot together and do art together and we’re each other’s best friends. We both feel we can talk about anything and learn a lot from one another."
Hadid Is Malik's No. 1 Priority
Speaking to Us Weekly in September 2017, Malik revealed the keys to his successful relationship with Hadid.
“There are a lot of people who are too busy in each other’s lives," he said. "I just concentrate on my relationship and try to do right by my girlfriend and she does by me, and we hope for the best, as we all do."
Malik Brings Out The Best In Hadid
Hadid almost moved her followers to tears when she posted a sentimental birthday message to Malik on Instagram on Jan. 12, 2018. "Love this man more than I could ever put into words, & am inspired by his drive to be and do better everyday," she wrote. "Cheers to YOUR YEAR my @zayn - happiest happiest birthday & 25th year of life !! I’m proud to be by your side."
They Love & Respect Their History Together
After The Sun broke the news Zigi broke up on March 13, 2018, both Malik and Hadid confirmed the report on social media, but not without writing a few truly touching words about each other.
“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 friend," Malik tweeted. "She has such an incredible soul."
"I’m forever grateful for the love, time, and life lessons that Z and I shared," Hadid wrote on Twitter. "I want nothing but the best for him and will continue to support him as a friend that I have immense respect and love for. As for the future, whatever’s meant to be will be."
The couple couldn't stay away from each other for too long, however. TMZ snapped photos of them kissing about a month later.
Hadid Changed Malik's Life
Even though the on-again, off-again couple's official relationship status was unclear at the time, Malik opened up about the impact she had on his life during a June 2018 interview with GQ.
"We're adults. We don't need to put a label on it, make it something for people's expectations," he began. "I had a very negative outlook on things. That might have been adolescence or testosterone or whatever the f*ck was running through my body at the time. She's helped me to look at things from a positive angle."
Malik Is Hadid's "Home"
That October, Hadid seemed to refer to Malik as her "home" in a now-deleted Instagram post. "Flyin' home to my happy place," she wrote under a selfie of her and Malik cuddling, according to Access.
Unfortunately for Zigi fans, a Jan. 2, 2019 E! claimed the couple was "spending time apart" and had been since November 2018.
Hadid Is Unlike Any Other Woman To Malik
When Malik went on an emotional Twitter rant on April 4, 2019, tweeting, "go f*ck yourselves with your irrelevant bullsh*t," some fans assumed he was talking about Hadid. But he cleared that up quickly, calling his ex "the most amazing woman I’ve ever known."
Malik Is Hadid's Valentine
Come Feb. 14, 2020, Hadid was hinting she and Malik were back together when she called him her "Valentine" on her photography-based finsta account.