Although we may envy the children of A-listers, it’s certainly no easy task raising a child in the always buzzing Hollywood!
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik are new parents, but because of their fame, they’re being very cautious with the way they are with their daughter, Khai. They even ditched the bustling streets of Los Angeles to start their little family on a quaint ranch in the low-key Pennsylvania. The couple’s farm life, with their soon-to-be one-year-old daughter, seems to be treating them well. And up until right now, it’s very rare that the stars have shared photos of Khai, as they’re doing their utmost best to protect her from the Hollywood limelight.
The model even persisted that the paparazzi leave them at peace, as she penned an open letter to media, begging them to respect their wishes and blur out Khai’s face if she’s caught in snapshots. Well, Hadid is doing a great job at being an exceptional mother despite the pressure she lives under, so, what has she said about her daughter? Read below.
8 Her Muse
The Victoria’s Secret mom has been quite clear that she only wants the best for her daughter, despite the reality that she and the singer live in. And although she hasn’t gone baby crazy and posted hundreds of posts and photos to her ‘gram, when she does, it’s sentimental.
In early May, the supermodel and supermom posted a single post with three adorable photos of herself and Khai, with a heartfelt caption. “I feel so lucky and inspired bein your mama, my Khai !! An old soul full of sunshine, you light up everyone’s days!” The rare and intimate photos that she shared with a sweet caption is cuteness overload. A beautiful way with words, Hadid surely feels blessed to have her own ray of sunshine – and an apparent old soul.
7 The Little Things
The proud mama has admitted that it’s the little things her baby girl does that make her smile most. Of course, the first words and first steps are so exciting, but Hadid finds joy in the quirkiest things – which we find so sweet.
Hadid spoke of the most beloved part of motherhood thus far in an interview with Access Hollywood saying, “It’s just fun to watch her grow and learn every day. And she makes me so proud. It’s funny how even the smallest things are exciting.” We feel the butterflies the new mother gets in her stomach just by reading this. Despite her celeb status, the simple things make up the best part of motherhood.
6 Motherly Advice
Hadid is a model just like her mother, so we won’t be too surprised if Khai follows in her flawless mother’s footsteps! They always say the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree after all.
The devoted mother, who struts down runways and does photo shoots for a living has kept one tip from her mother in her back pocket her entire life. She learned from her mama that “less is more!” And as a mother herself now, she plans on giving her bundle of joy the same advice. She told Harper’s Bazaar, “I think I’ll teach Khai to keep it simple when it comes to makeup, like my mom taught me.” We agree – keep it in the family, Hadid!
5 Just Like Daddy
Fans were worried that Hadid and the “Pillowtalk” singer were no longer an item, but on Father’s Day, Hadid confirmed they are with a sentimental wish on the ‘gram.
She’s certainly mama’s little girl and bestie, but Khai has little quirks about her that she took from her famous dad. She captioned the photo, “Our Khai is so lucky to have a baba who loves her so much and does anything to see her smile ! @zayn happy first Father’s Day. I’m so grateful for all the lil bits of her that are you. We love you so much.” It seems like Khai also got it from her dada and Hadid is loving it all!
4 Off The Grid
Despite her superstar status, Hadid isn’t raising her daughter in the bustling Manhattan or the glamorous Hollywood Hills. Instead, she’s been doing it all on her own on a picturesque ranch without the celebrity crutches of being a new mom.
By settling into farm life, it’s been easier for the couple to keep Khai’s privacy, and it’s also another way to make Khai learn and experience other things. Hadid wants to make certain she gives her little rancher a life full of opportunities. Speaking of raising her daughter in Pennsylvania, she said, “I think that just giving your child the opportunity to explore different interests is such a beautiful thing.”
3 Welcome Home
Just about a year ago, Khai made her big debut! Hadid and Malik had a different experience than many new parents, as Hadid gave birth to her daughter naturally at home.
Welcoming her to the world (and IG world), Hadid posted a sweet photo of the tiny human holding her mama’s hand. And the new mother got as mushy as a Hallmark card when she captioned the photo, “Our girl joined us earth-side this weekend and she’s already changed our world.” So precious – we hope Khai gets to read that when she’s older!
2 A Bright Light
The new parents welcomed their first child with complete grace.
Hadid, who gave birth at home with her beau, mother and midwife by her side, has been speaking so vividly about her daughter since the day she gave birth to her. And Khai is clearly the couple’s entire world. Speaking with Vogue, the beloved model said of her first child, “She was so bright right away. That’s what I wanted for her, a peaceful bringing to the world.” This brave mama, who gave birth without a doctor or epidural, is quite the inspiration.
1 A Met Gala Statement
Hadid debuted her fiery red ‘do at this year’s Met Gala, channeling her inner Jessica Rabbit, but she wasn’t there just for show. The 26-year-old, who has spent the last year donning a messy bun, sweatpants and hoodies had a word to share about being a mom to her daughter Khai.
During the event, Hadid participated in a live stream with Keke Palmer and expressed her desire of being not only a model but a “role model” to Khai. Speaking of her red carpet outfit, Hadid added, “She’s one next week, and I feel like I’ve been on mama duty. I’ve been at the farm with her every day in my sweatpants and our matching messy buns. I feel like tonight I’m showing her what it means to dress up and own it and have balance.” We’re loving all of this!