After TMZ reported that Yolanda Hadid is saying Zayn Malik — the father of Yolanda’s 1-year-old granddaughter — “struck” her during a dispute, the former One Direction singer is responding to the accusation.

Zayn, who welcomed his daughter Khai with girlfriend Gigi Hadid in September 2020, took to Twitter on Thursday (Oct. 28) to address the accusation being “leaked” to the press.

“As you all know I am a private person and I very much want to create a safe and private space for my daughter to grow up in,” Zayn tweeted. “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. 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.”

Neither Yolanda nor Gigi have addressed the report on social media or publicly. A representative for Yolanda Hadid could not be reached by Billboard at press time.

According to the TMZ report, Hadid is considering filing a police report but hasn’t yet. They had no details about the dispute other than Hadid claiming that Zayn “struck” her, according to their source.

Aside from being the mom of models Gigi, Bella and Anwar Hadid, Yolanda Hadid is also known from her time on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and her onetime marriage to music producer David Foster.

Zayn and Gigi Hadid have been dating since 2015, though they’ve broken up and gotten back together multiple times.

See Zayn’s Twitter statement in full below: