All The Gigi Hadid References In Zayn Malik's 'Let Me' Lyrics And Music Video

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After deleting every Gigi Hadid and every other photo off his Instagram, Zayn Malik confirmed this weekend it really was because he was replicating Swift's new-music-release-social-media-purge PR move. Malik's brand new single, "Let Me," finally dropped this morning. The rollout included a mini movie-esque music video featuring the most Gigi Hadid-like love interest that isn't Hadid herself. His new ex Hadid liked his Instagram announcement last night, as to give it her blessing. No drama or shade here.

Plot-wise, Malik's character gets involved with some shady guys, and the girl becomes their leverage over him briefly until love prevails when she rebels against the bad guys and makes a great escape with Malik on a speedboat. Nothing overtly symbolic, but some of the shots look like they could've come straight from Hadid's Instagram. The girl's hair alone is very doppelgänger.


This decision to cast a Hadid lookalike in a music video for a love song has been done before—by The Weeknd for his own ex Bella Hadid in "I Feel It Coming". And it just adds evidence that "Let Me" lyrically is about Hadid—though the lyrics themselves have plenty of hints.

Here, a breakdown of the Hadid references in Malik's lyrics (lyrics via Genius). He seems about ready to commit, so it's likely the song was written before the two broke up last month. Malik shares the writer's credit with Michael Hannides, Khaled Rohaim and Anthony Hannides.

"Sweet baby, our sex has meaning
Know this time you'll stay 'til the morning
Duvet days and vanilla ice cream
More than just one night together exclusively"

Malik and Hadid dated for over two years exclusively. They spent birthdays and holidays together with family and were genuinely a committed, monogamous couple.

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Pre-Chorus:

"Baby, let me be your man
So I can love you
And if you let me be your man
Then I'll take care of you, you"

Chorus

"For the rest of my life, for the rest of yours
For the rest of my life, for the rest of yours
For the rest of ours"

In February 2018, a month before Hadid and Malik broke up, Hadid's mom Yolanda Hadid hinted a Malik-Hadid engagement was a possibility. "We'll see, I truly believe they're all on their own journey," she told The Daily Mail. "It's not in my hands anymore so I'm just sitting back and letting it all unfold." Yolanda also called Malik her son. "He's a beautiful human being from Bradford, England. He's from the same background that I'm from, him and I get along great and he's like a son to me. It's all good. He has no family here and he's so far away so I understand that life because I lived that life. I think that I'm just a momma to him."

In his breakup statement, Malik wrote about Hadid in the most adoring tone, giving a hint of how strongly he felt about Hadid. "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 a friend," Malik said. "She has such an incredible soul. I’m grateful to all of our fans for respecting this difficult decision and our privacy at the time, we wish this news could have come from us first. We love you all. xZ"

Verse 2:

"We're drinking the finest label"

Hadid and Malik are of course incredibly wealthy and have become more famous since they started dating at the end of 2015. They make no secret of the fact they live very privileged lives.

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"Dirty dancing on top of the table
Long walks on the beach in April (beach in April)"

Hadid's birthday is April 23. When she turned 21, she shared that she and Malik spent the day on the beach to celebrate. He posted a photo too that he's since deleted.

"Yeah, I promise, darling, that I'll be faithful (be faithful)"

Pre-Chorus:

"Baby, let me be your man (let me be your man)
So I can love you (I can love you)
And if you let me be your man (let me be your man)
Then I'll take care of you (I can love you)"

Chorus:

"For the rest of my life, for the rest of yours
For the rest of my life, for the rest of yours
For the rest of ours"

Bridge:

"Give me your body and let me love you like I do
Come a little closer and let me do those things to you
This feeling will last forever, baby, that's the truth
Let me be your man so I can love you"

Pre-Chorus:

"Baby, let me be your man (let me be your man)
So I can love you (I can love you)
And if you let me be your man (let me be your man)
Then I'll take care of you, you (I can love you)"

Chorus:

"For the rest of my life, for the rest of yours
(For the rest of my life, for the rest of yours)
For the rest of my life, for the rest of yours
(For the rest of my life, for the rest of yours)
For the rest of ours (for the rest of ours)"


This story first appeared on ELLE.com.

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