Zayn Malik compared Gigi Hadid to lioness delivering her cubs during labour; Recalls the moment Zayn held Khai

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik embraced parenthood in September 2020. In her first interview since welcoming her daughter Khai, the supermodel opened about her experience of labour, the events that unfolded during the childbirth and more.
Zayn Malik compared Gigi Hadid to lioness delivering her cubs during labour; Recalls the moment Zayn held Khai
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It has been over five months since Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik welcomed their daughter Khai. The supermodel and the former One Direction singer took fans by surprise with the pregnancy news. While Gigi chose to keep her pregnancy away from the spotlight, she recently opened up about her delivery in an interview with Vogue. The recently-turned-mother painted a picture of the events leading up to Khai's birth. Gigi revealed that she and her family had planned to deliver the baby at a New York hospital. 

However, owing to the COVID-19 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 doubled up the couple's bedroom into 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 revealed 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 paces 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, adding that her mother Yolanda Hadid and the midwife coached the model through the labour pain. Gigi painted a picture of the room and said that at some point, Bella, Yolanda and Zayn were terrified. "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. 

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