It Turns Out Gigi Hadid Doesn’t Know Zayn Malik’s Ethnicity

Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid Look Cozy at Paris Fashion Week
Gigi Hadid and her newly-beardless beau Zayn Malik had the fashion world a-flutter...

Recently, Gigi Hadid paid a visit to Dubai to launch her Tommy Hilfiger capsule collection. While there, she sat down with local new outlets to discuss the fashion collaboration, mentioning that the visit made her feel surrounded by her heritage. However, she also made a comment about her fella Zayn Malik that had fans scratching their heads.

I love it here and I love going to places that remind me of my dad’s side of the family,” the supermodel told Gulf News. Hadid’s father is Palestinian and moved to the US when she was a teenager.

“I especially love it when you meet other Arabs,” she continued. “There’s such a sense of family regardless of whether you are blood-related or not anywhere in the world. When someone comes up to me and they tell me, ‘I’m Palestinian’ and we make a connection, it’s beautiful.”

That’s when she made a statement that sent the internet into overdrive.

My boyfriend is also half Middle Eastern. It’s just a connection that you make that’s really cool. It’s hard to explain but you feel like you’re amongst [your] people.”

Now, all serious Malik fans know he’s actually half Pakistani and half British. But the crooner is fond of Arabic script, even incorporating it into some of his merch.

Was this a slip of the tongue or a foul faux pas?