Their romance was the perfect raw material for a summer rom-com—rising supermodel meets boy band hunk. However, as Hollywood has proven time and time again, even the world's rich and beautiful can't always make it work.
After just seven months, Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid have broken up, E! News exclusively confirmed Thursday. While a source advised that the young pair could "get back together tomorrow," a second insider shared that the split had been brewing since Hadid's 21st birthday a few weeks ago.
It seems the circumstances surrounding their split are just as mysterious as the couple's beginnings. As families were enjoying their Thanksgiving dinners, photos surfaced of the "Pillowtalk" singer making googly eyes at the newly single Hadid (she had just broken up with Joe Jonas a few weeks earlier) from the backseat of a car.
Months later, they were one of Hollywood's sexiest young couples, gracing the pages of Vogue, the 2016 Met Gala red carpet and even the scenes of Malik's first music video sans One Direction. No matter where our eyes turned, they were the two to watch.
Unfortunately, that has all come to a screeching halt—at least for now. While we adjust to their newly single status, here's a look down memory lane at all the moments that shaped this A-list love.
Late November 2015: The now famous photo of the two gazing into each other's eyes in a car after a night out at The Nice Guy in West Hollywood surfaces online and stirs some confusion. Hadid had called it quits with Jonas a few weeks earlier.
Nov. 30, 2015: The two are photographed holding hands after leaving the Nice Guy once again, providing the world with the PDA proof everyone had been waiting to see. However, a source advises E! News not to get ahead of ourselves.
"They are just friends and are casually hanging out," the insider says. "She is not looking to jump into another relationship so soon. Gigi is a relationship-type kinda girl, but she wants to just have some fun and take time for herself and her career at the moment."
Dec. 20,2015: Less than a month later, the duo makes their Instagram debut together when Malik posts an adorable shot of the runway stunner embracing his face.
Jan. 12, 2016: Fresh into the new year, the pair celebrate their first special occasion together—Malik's 23rd birthday. The CoverGirl star gifts her beau with a customized pendant featuring the letter Z. However, the couple has still not confirmed or denied they are officially a couple.
"They want to keep their private life as private as they can," a source tells E! News. "They were friends first and it has turned into more of a relationship at this point."
Jan. 28, 2016: Malik and Hadid surprise fans with a steamy makeout in the singer's "Pillowtalk" music video.
Feb. 3, 2016: Just a few days later—and just in time for an approaching Valentine's Day—Malik finally confirms that the blond beauty is his girlfriend while talking to fans during a radio interview.
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April 5, 2016: While the model is no stranger to posing, the posing pro brings her man along to Naples, Italy for a Vogue photoshoot.
In a shot of the couple, they are wrapped in each other's arms while overlooking a grand view of the city, including nearby volcano Mount Vesuvius, though the only things about to erupt are the sparks flying between the two.
"I wish I could be on set with him every day," Hadid tells E!'s Erin Lim on the red carpet of the MTV Movie Awards. "It doesn't feel like work when he's there."
April 25, 2016: Malik spares a few hours for Hadid's 21st birthday. "Zayn showered Gigi with flowers and presents for her birthday. He was very thoughtful with what presents he got her," a source tells E! News. "Gigi really wanted to see Zayn on her special day and he made it happen. They had a few hours of alone time."
May 2, 2016: The couple attends the annual Met Gala for the first time, dressed in coordinating machine-inspired evening wear.
June 2, 2016: E! News exclusively confirms Malik and Hadid have broken up, at least for the moment. "During her birthday they were fighting," an insider tells E! News, adding that they weren't doing well then, and have "broken up and got back together a few times."
A second source adds, "They can likely get back together tomorrow. It's all very unclear what's going on between them now. They been having some issues lately that involved communication and getting along."