Gigi Hadid revealed a number of things in her latest interview with Vogue, and opened up about motherhood and her life beyond being a model.
About five months ago, Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik took us by surprise when they announced the birth of their daughter Khai. While Gigi chose to keep her pregnancy away from the spotlight, she recently opened up about her delivery in an interview with Vogue.
Hadid opened up about her time in labour
Gigi revealed, that due to the pandemic and limits on people in the delivery room, Zayn and Gigi opted for a home birth. The model decided to choose the home birth option after they watched the 2008 documentary The Business of Being Born. The family decided to use the couple’s bedroom as a labour room. When Gigi went into labour, the couple listened to the audio of The Indian in the Cupboard. It was both their favourites and they spent the early hours of labour watching it.
Speaking of the labour, Gigi said in the interview that Zayn compared himself with a lion from a documentary he had watched while comparing Gigi with a lioness from the same. In the documentary, the male lion is pretty much helpless and all he can do is pace nervously outside the cave while the lioness works through the pain to give birth to the cub. “Z was like, ‘That’s how I felt! You feel so helpless to see the person you love in pain,’” Gigi told the magazine.
The model confessed it was the craziest pain of her life but she surrendered to it. She mentioned having her mother, Yolanda Hadid, her sister Bella Hadid and Zayn in the room, and all of them looked terrified at some point. “I know my mom and Zayn and Bella were proud of me, but at certain points I saw each of them in terror,” she recalled.
Once Khai had arrived, Zayn held her in his arms. However, Gigi hadn’t realised that she was born. “I was so exhausted, and I looked up and he’s holding her. It was so cute,” Gigi said.
Gigi Hadid talked about how she wants to raise her 4-month-old daughter Khai around all different kinds of cultures, religions, and spiritualities.
“I felt like I was allowed to learn about every religion when I was a kid. I think it’s good to take different pieces of different religions that you connect with, and I think that’s how we’ll do that,” Gigi told Vogue on Thursday. “I think that just giving your child the opportunity to explore different interests is such a beautiful thing,” she added.
Gigi also talked about how she wants to make sure that her daughter is ready to confront Islamophobia, which is something that her and her brother Anwar Hadid had to face during their childhood.
“My brother, when he was in elementary school, someone said to him, ‘Your dad’s a terrorist,’ because that was after 9/11,” she told Vogue.
The model was brought up in a family of two faiths – her father, Mohamed Hadid, is Muslim and her mother, Yolanda Hadid, is Christian, so Gigi has been exposed to both the worlds since her childhood, and wants the same for her daughter.
“I think that [Zayn and I] both want our daughter to understand fully all of her background – and also we want to prepare her,” Hadid continued. “If someone does say something to her at school, we want to give her the tools to understand why other kids would do that and where that comes from.”
She even discussed in the interview what Khai will be calling her grandparents, all terms that come from different cultures. She told Vogue that her dad Mohamed will go by “Jido,” which is Arabic for “grandpa” and Yolanda will be “Oma,” which means “grandmother” in Dutch. Malik’s father, who is British-Pakistani, will be called “Abu,” which means “father” in Urdu, the national language of Pakistan, and she will be picking up a somewhat British slang to call Malik’s mother, such as “Nini”.
Gigi Hadid also revealed that Zayn bought his favourite Bollywood films on cassette tape for his daughter.