Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik’s first child together, a daughter, was born on September 23, 2020 and their birth announcement included a black and white picture of only their baby’s hand. Gigi and Zayn didn’t give up much info, including their daughter’s name. Because Gigi Hadid belongs to the same general friendship circles as the Kardashian-Jenners, I was fully expecting Gigi to pull a Kylie Jenner and name her child something like Breezée or Pretty or Babyofasupermodelle. Four months later, Gigi let us know what they named their daughter and I was wrong.
Gigi also didn’t make a big dramatic announcement about her 4-month-old daughter’s name. Gigi and Zayn’s child was casually upgraded from Name TBD to Name Confirmed in Gigi’s Instagram bio, of all places. It currently reads as follows:
So there you have it! Gigi Hadid: model, someone who should not be left alone with bulk bin pasta, and mother to Khai.
And as for how they got their name, it could be a name from Gigi or Zayn’s heritage. Gigi is half-Palestinian, while Zayn’s father is of Pakistani descent. ELLE magazine suggests that Khai could be Arabic, meaning “Crowned.” Zayn’s surname Malik means “King” in Arabic, so it could be a little nod to that. Forms of Khai also translate to “Royalty.” ELLE also throws out the suggestion that it might be a reference to her sister Bella Hadid, whose middle name is Khair, or their grandmother, whose name was Khairiah Hadid. Until we hear it explained by Gigi or Zayn, we could also guess they got inspired after binging Cobra Kai on Netflix. Unlikely, but don’t count it out!
People says the name reveal happened just a few days after Gigi posted a screengrab of a text message to her Instagram Stories, in which it appeared she had texted Zayn, “I’m obsessed [with] our kid.” It’s good she finally posted her daughter’s name. Because I’m sure some people were getting annoying about sniffing out name clues. And you know she got at least a handful of DMs from people asking, “So, is that a clue? Is her name Our Kid? A little weird, but at least a person can pronounce it.”