Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid have reportedly broken up again
In the era of social media that we live in, it's far too easy to get invested in the lives of the rich and famous. Whether we choose to keep up with Kim Kardashian's latest business endeavours or stay on top of whatever trouble that Shia LaBeouf has got himself in to, one thing is for sure: we're often more interested in the top one per cent than our friends.
Now, I'm not condoning such behaviour, but when we spend so much time tapping away on apps such as Instagram and Twitter, it's unsurprising that we've become so obsessed with what our favourite celebrity is doing, and exactly what their relationship status is, naturally.
Case in point: Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid have purportedly broken up for a second time, and the people of the internet seem to care.
The pair confirmed their relationship in November of 2015, but announced their first split in March 2018, with the model releasing a statement on Instagram at the time which read:
"Breakup statements often seem impersonal because there is really no way to put into words what two people experience together over a few years.. not only in the relationship, but in life in general. I'm forever grateful for the love, time, and life lessons that Z and I shared. 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 always be. xG"
The former One Direction member added, "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. She has such an incredible soul. I'm grateful to all of our fans for respecting this difficult decision and our privacy at this time, we wish the news could have come from us first. We love you all. xZ"
By the end of April, however, Zayn and Gigi were spotted kissing, and publicly confirmed they were back together with a slew of loved up Instagram posts.
The 23-year-old model duly took to Instagram to hit back at rumours that she's rekindled her romance with Zayn as a publicity stunt.
"Seems like u guys tag me in a new post every day … pls stop," she wrote. "It's just negative, I really have no hard feelings towards you I just know what a beautiful world there is to go out and live in instead of trying to dissect a relationship between two people that you don't even know and that you do not see 99% of. For someone who is virtually inactive on the app, I don't need his follow- my eyes are tattooed to his chest."
The energy you put into this does not serve you our your life in any way kids…. truly 'beating a dead horse.' You guys can call it promo but I just post about my boyfriend like anyone else, whether I support z or he supports me is out of love and excitement for one another. There's nothing to figure out all the time… give it a break. This is my last comment on this matter but I hope u know it's not coming from a bad place. Just would love for you to find something else that inspires you in life…. x."
Now it seems that it wasn't meant to be. A report from US Weekly has claimed that the pair are in fact over, with a source confirming the split.
"They’re done,” the insider alleged. "They could get back together, but it’s over for now."
A second source added that Gigi was the one who "tried hard to make it work", but that Zayn had "a lot of his own issues that she couldn’t help him get through. She cut herself off from all her friends every time they were together. She focused all her time and energy on him, but it just got to be too much."