The 25-year-old model has revealed that Khai, five months, is affectionately known as Khaiba to her family after sparking confusion amongst fans who thought the moniker was the tot’s full name.
A fan singled out a comment Gigi had left on a friend’s account which read: “I love u sm it hurts. Khaiba is lucky to have an auntie like u. (sic)”
The fanpage then wrote: “Apparently Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik’s daughter’s full name is Khaiba! The name Khaiba conjures persistence, honourability and originality. And it means destiny and luck.(sic)”
But Gigi was quick to clarify the situation.
Underneath the fan account’s screenshot of her comment, she wrote: “lol no it’s just a nickname. (sic)”
Gigi also showed off her tattoo tribute in honour of the tot this week.
She got Khai’s name inked in Arabic on her arm, as seen in her beauty routine video for Vogue, and former One Direction star Zayn, 28, has the same body art on his wrist.
Meanwhile, Gigi revealed she didn’t notice her baby had been born after she was left “exhausted” by her 14-hour labour in September.
The model was so tired that “it didn’t even click” in her brain that her daughter had been born.
She said: “It didn’t even click that she was out. I was so exhausted, and I looked up and he’s holding her. It was so cute.”
Gigi gave birth at her home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, after the COVID-19 pandemic meant she didn’t feel safe delivering Khai in a hospital.
And the she and prepared for the arrival of their daughter by watching the 2008 documentary ‘The Business of Being Born’, which is critical of medical interventions and depicts a successful home birth.
She said: “What I really wanted from my experience was to feel like, ‘Okay, this is a natural thing that women are meant to do’. We both looked at each other and were like, I think that’s the call.”
But giving birth at home meant Gigi had to deal with the pain of labour without any medication, but her mother, Yolanda Hadid, and her doula – who watched the process over Zoom – coached her through the process.
She explained: “I had to dig deep. I knew it was going to be the craziest pain in my life, but you have to surrender to it and be like, ‘This is what it is.’ I loved that.
“There definitely was a point where I was like, I wonder what it would be like with an epidural, how it would be different. My midwife looked at me and was like, ‘You’re doing it. No one can help you. You’re past the point of the epidural anyway, so you’d be pushing exactly the same way in a hospital bed.’ ”