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Gigi Hadid issues plea for privacy as daughter Khai grows up

Gigi Hadid wants her daughter to have a normal childhood (Picture: Instagram)

Gigi Hadid has asked fans to let her daughter Khai grow up in peace as she and boyfriend Zayn Malik raise her in privacy.

Although the couple are both A-list stars with flourishing careers in fashion and music, they want their daughter – their first child together – to have ‘as normal of a childhood as possible’.

In a statement posted on Instagram Stories the model revealed Khai, born in September 2020, has begun asking to have the sun shade on her pram lifted up so she can see the outside world, which would mean her face, that the couple have not revealed so far, can be seen.

This prompted the young mum to issue a plea asking fan sites and media not to show images of their little girl so she can ‘choose how to share herself with the world’.

‘As our baby grows up we have to realise that we can’t protect her from everything the way we wanted to and could when she was smaller. She loves seeing the world and although she gets a lot of that out near the farm, she also gets to experience other places – a true blesing.

‘On our most recent visits to New York, she has started to want her sun shade lifted up (something she is used to at home) and helps herself to it! She doesn’t understand why she’s covered in the city, or what I’ve wanted to protect her from. I also want her to see the most amazing city in the world and the beautiful and diverse people that walk down the streets of NYC…that is, without the stress of the media circus that comes with parents who are public figures.’

Gigi shared a statement about Khai on social media (Picture: Instagram)

Asking that Khai’s face be obscured online, Gigi continued: ‘I write this all to say: to the Paparazzi, press, and beloved fan accounts, you know we have never intentionally shared our daughters face on social media. Our wish is that she can choose how to share herself with the world when she comes of age, and that she can live as normal of a childhood as possible, without worrying about a public image that she has not chosen.

‘I would like to send a huge “Thank You” to those paparazzi who have been so respectful, since I asked them to keep a distance while I walked with the stroller, since my first trip to NYC with Khai. I see you and I appreciate it.

‘For a child, I can imagine that close or dramatic paparazzi frenzies must be overwhelming and disorienting… it still is as an adult that understands and deals with it often.

‘I appreciate you taking the time to read this and hope you can understand where I’m coming from. With love, G.’

Zayn and Gigi first began dating in 2015 and have been on and off a few times before reuniting at the end of 2019.

Gigi and Zayn welcomed Khai in December (Picture: Instagram)
Gigi and Zayn have dated on and off since 2015 before reuniting in 2019 (Picture: GC Images)

The X Factor star is the third member of One Direction to become a father. Louis Tomlinson has son Freddie and Liam Payne is dad to son Bear.

Zayn admitted to being surprised at how easily he’s adjusted to fatherhood, saying: ‘I didn’t expect to be so into it. Before she was born, I was always into myself.

‘I had time for my relationship but it was still solely about me. The fact that Khai has been so easy to adjust to has been surprising to me because I just love spending my days with her, hanging out with her, just doing really relaxing chill stuff.’

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