In the wild world of Hollywoodland, celebs get together and break up almost as often as they change their underwear — so when a young couple actually sticks it out for more than a couple of years, we take notice. Such is the case of Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik, who have been a thing since 2015. At this point, these two are obviously more than just a fling, and we are so here for it.
They’re gorgeous, in their 20s, talented and filthy rich, all of which is a recipe for a short, intense affair that ends in a nasty (and very public) breakup, but Hadid and Malik seem to be in it for the long haul. But why? It could be the fact that they are completely compatible and have a lot in common.
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Here’s why we’re pretty much convinced Hadid and Malik were made for each other.
1. They’re both loyal
Even after Hadid got raked over the coals for a totally distasteful post on Snapchat, Malik was there to back her up — causing him to get backlash for it himself.
And when Malik had to cancel money-making appearances and performances due to crushing anxiety? Hadid was there for him too.
“Z — I’ve seen the battle 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 on Twitter. “Your bravery in those times makes me proud, but your honesty last night proved what you’re all about, being real. Human recognizes human… Your talent and good heart will never lead you wrong. Love you and so proud of you always.”
2. Those aren’t their real names
It’s not as though this is exactly a surprise. Many celebrities go by stage names — Demi Moore (Demetria Guynes), Ben Kingsley (Krishna Pandit Bhanji), Portia de Rossi (Amanda Lee Rogers), Michael Caine (Maurice Micklewhite), Whoopi Goldberg (Caryn Johnson), etc. Hadid and Malik join this ever-growing group of Hollywood name-changers, born Jelena Noura Hadid and Zain Javadd Malik, respectively.
3. They seriously get into the Halloween spirit
For Halloween in 2015, Hadid slayed as the bad-girl version of Sandy from Grease.
The year before, Malik and his then-fiancée Perrie Edwards went all out as Edward Scissorhands and Cleopatra.
4. They are both earth signs
There are three earth signs in the zodiac: Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo. Malik, who was born on Jan. 12, is a Capricorn. Hadid, who was born on April 23, is a Taurus. According to Astrology.com, earth signs are “earthy,” sensual and often laid-back. They can also be stubborn. The fact that they are both earth signs could bode well for these two, given that they are considered a power duo.
5. They have blended heritage
Born to Mohamed Hadid and Yolanda Foster (née Van den Herik), Hadid is of Palestinian and Dutch ancestry. Malik’s father, Yaser Malik, is British-Pakistani and his mother, Tricia (née Brannan) Malik, is English. Malik has said he had trouble fitting in at his first two schools due to his mixed heritage.
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Originally published November 2015. Updated August 2017.
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