Australian radio presenter Jackie ‘O’ Henderson has recalled her awkward encounter with Zayn Malik at the height of his boy-band fame, amid reports of an ongoing dispute between the singer and his former mother-in-law Yolanda Hadid.
Jackie, 46, said on Tuesday’s Kyle and Jackie O Show that she and co-host Kyle Sandilands had noticed Zayn’s gloomy demeanour after interviewing One Direction in Australia several years ago.
While Jackie described band member Harry Styles as ‘lovely’, she could not say the same for Zayn.
‘The difference between Harry Styles and Zayn Malik couldn’t have been further apart that night,’ she recounted.
Before interviewing the band, Jackie had stepped outside to smoke a cigarette.
Zayn was also outside smoking, surrounded by adoring fans who were waiting on the other side of a fence to capture a glimpse of their favourite star.
‘This is uncomfortable’: Australian radio presenter Jackie ‘O’ Henderson (left) has recalled her awkward encounter with Zayn Malik (right) at the height of his boy-band fame – amid reports of an ongoing dispute between the singer and his former mother-in-law Yolanda Hadid
‘They were all screaming his name, and ‘We love you Zayn we love you Zayn… [but] he was just smoking and staring straight at them with this really p***ed off look on his face, and he didn’t smile once,’ Jackie claimed.
‘I was standing there the whole time thinking, ‘Aren’t you just going to just, like, at least wave? This is uncomfortable that you’re just staring at them like that’,’ she added.
Kyle described Zayn as bringing a ‘dark vibe’, while Jackie speculated that the singer may have been struggling with his mental health at the time.
‘I think he’s depressed or something’: Jackie shared her experience on Tuesday’s Kyle And Jackie O Show, telling listeners that she and her co-host Kyle Sandilands, 50, had noticed Zayn’s gloomy demeanour after interviewing One Direction in Australia several years ago
‘I thought back then – and this was early One Direction days – I thought, ‘Oh he’s obviously got… I think he’s depressed or something. Something’s going on there’,’ she said.
‘No one would respond like that unless you really did feel like that,’ she said.
‘And you feel for someone like that because if he genuinely has a mental health issue – which I don’t know much about to be Zayn Malik to be honest – that’s probably why he left [the band] and went out on his own. He couldn’t deal with it.’
‘Aren’t you just going to just, like, at least wave?’ Jackie (left) said Zayn (right) was outside smoking before the interview, but refused to smile or wave at a crowd of adoring fans who were screaming his name
It comes days after it was said that Zayn was ‘deeply concerned’ about his family’s future after the dispute while he reportedly plans to ‘fight’ to avoid a custody battle over Khai.
An LA business associate of Zayn’s told The Mirror: ‘Gigi and he co-parent Khai, but any suggestion he has aggression issues or cannot be trusted to care for her, is something he will fight against with every ounce of his body.’
A source previously said that the rift between the couple centres only on the drama between Zayn and Yolanda, and has nothing to do with his abilities as a parent.
They added: ‘Gigi stands by Zayn’s ability to co-parent well.’
Private: Zayn is said to have clashed with reality star Yolanda, 57, in January this year after she shared an Instagram post which showed the 13-month-old tot’s face
The notoriously private singer is said to have clashed with reality star Yolanda in January this year after she shared an Instagram post which showed the 13-month-old tot’s face.
It follows reports that the duo had broken up after the model’s mother alleged the musician ‘struck’ her during a recent argument, which Zayn has denied.
‘They are not together right now. They are both good parents though,’ a source revealed to People late last month.
According to a report in TMZ on October 28, Yolanda alleges she was ‘struck’ by Zayn during an altercation that occurred ‘some point last week,’ whereas Zayn claims the incident involved nothing more than an exchange of ‘harsh words’ and had taken place ‘several weeks ago’ at Gigi’s home.
Tensions: This comes days after a report that Malik has vowed to do everything he can to avoid a custody battle over his daughter with Hadid, the former couple are seen in May 2016
It was revealed that Malik had pleaded no contest to four counts of harassment after allegedly pushing Yolanda, into a dresser and calling her a ‘f*****g Dutch sl*t’ last month in a fight at the home he shares with Gigi.
The details emerged in court documents obtained by DailyMail.com last month. They reveal that he was charged with four counts of harassment, that he pleaded no contest and that he must now complete 360 days probation in addition to completing an anger management class.
The British singer must also have no contact with Yolanda, his daughter’s grandmother, or with John McMahon, a security guard for the Hadid family who witnessed the incident and who he also allegedly harassed.
Zayn was quick to highlight his values over his daughter in the statement he shared in the wake of the allegations against him.
He wrote: ‘As you all know I am a private person and I very much want to create a safe and private place for my daughter to grow up in.
‘A place where private family matters aren’t thrown on the world stage for all to poke and pick apart.
Statement: Zayn was quick to highlight his values over his daughter in the statement he shared in the wake of the allegations against him
‘In an effort to protect that space for her, I agreed to not contest claims arising from an argument I had with a family member of my partner’s who entered our home while my partner was away several weeks ago.
‘This was and still should be a private matter but it seems for now there is a divisiveness and despite my efforts to restore us to a peaceful family environment that will allow for me to co-parent my daughter in a manner in which she deserves, this has been “leaked” to the press.
‘I am hopeful though for healing for all involved with the harsh words shared and more importantly I remain vigilant to protect Khai and give her the privacy she deserves.’
He denied striking Yolanda, as had been reported by TMZ, citing an unnamed source.
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Family: Zayn and Gigi, who have dated on/off since 2015, welcomed their only child in September 2020. Hadid had confirmed her pregnancy in the spring of that year. Pictured: Khai and Gigi’s sister Bella Hadid