Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik split

Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid break silence following shock split

It's over for Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik, who confirmed they've split after breakup rumors were reported by The Sun earlier in the day. Get out your hankie, this is some moving stuff.

"Gigi and I had an incredibly meaningful, loving and fun relationship and I have a huge amount of respect and adoration for Gigi as a woman and friend", Zayn tweeted.

The ex-One Direction band member, however, added that this was a "difficult decision" and asked fans for "privacy at this time".

"We played it cool for like ten minutes, and then I was like 'You're really cute, '" she told DeGeneres.

"I'm forever grateful for the love, time and life lessons Z and I shared", the model's text-post continued.

Hadid also shared an announcement on Twitter following speculation of her split from the musician.

Fans flooded the messages with sad posts and words of comfort for the couple.

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As for Hadid, she stated that she wants nothing but the best for Malik and will continue to support him as a friend.

"Good luck to both of you".

Now their millions of fans have to start digesting the news that their relationship is over.

Back in January, Gigi posted this absolutely adorable post wishing Zayn a Happy Birthday, and looking at it now, I'm getting damn teary! In fact, I'm willing to bet some serious money Hadid and Malik wrote these statements together and celebrated with a glass of champagne and a soft, warm hug.

It should be noted, for the sake of journalistic integrity, that at the time this article was written, Hadid followed Malik on Instagram, but he had unfollowed her.

In an interview with Billboard last November, Malik, 25, opened up about balancing their relationship with busy schedules.

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