Zayn Malik is coming out following what he refers to as an “argument” with a member of Gigi Hadid’s family. The 28-year-old musician and the 26-year-old model share 13-month-old Khai.
Malik issued a statement on Thursday, explaining that while he is generally a private person who wishes to “create a safe and private space for my daughter to grow up in,” he chose to speak out after the matter was “‘leaked’ to the press.”
Though he did not specifically cite the publication, TMZ published a report citing sources alleging that he “struck” Gigi Hadid’s mother, Yolanda Hadid. Numerous sources confirmed to PEOPLE that Yolanda, 57, is the family member Malik is alluding to in his comments.
“I adamantly deny striking Yolanda Hadid, and for the sake of my daughter, I decline to give any further details, and I hope that Yolanda will reconsider her false allegations and move towards healing these family issues in private,” Malik told TMZ in a statement.
Malik stated in his tweet that he wishes to establish “a place where private family matters aren’t thrown on the world stage for all to poke and pick apart. 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 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,” the former One Direction member continued.
“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 added.
Malik previously stated on iHeartRadio’s Valentine in the Morning in March that fatherhood is “amazing.”
Malik, Gigi, and Yolanda’s representatives did not immediately reply to requests for comment from PEOPLE.