Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid welcome 'healthy and beautiful' baby girl

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02:  Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid attend  the  Givenchy show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid (Corbis via Getty Images)

Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid are the proud parents of a baby girl.

The former One Direction heartthrob, 27, shared the happy news on social media, telling fans that the love he felt for his new daughter was “beyond my understanding”.

Posting a picture of his tattooed hand clutching the newborn’s tiny fingers, Malik wrote: “Our baby girl is here, healthy & beautiful.

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“To try put into words how i am feeling right now would be an impossible task. The love i feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding.

“Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine, & thankful for the life we will have together x.”

US model Hadid, 25, shared a picture of the baby’s hand on Instagram and wrote: “Our girl joined us earth-side this weekend and she’s already changed our world.

“So in love.”

So far the couple haven’t shared their daughter’s name.

Fans and celebrity friends posted sweet messages of congratulations after the new parents revealed their baby girl had arrived.

“What a blessing, welcome little baby angel and congratulations sweet mama,” Hadid’s fellow model Helena Christensen wrote on Instagram, while Hailey Bieber posted: “Welcome baby girl! So happy for you guys.”

Kourtney Kardashian posted a string of hearts.

Malik and Hadid have been dating on and off since 2015 and in April it was revealed that they were expecting their first child.

Hadid confirmed the news during an appearance on The Tonight Show: At Home with Jimmy Fallon after pregnancy rumours started doing the rounds.

"Obviously, we wish we could have announced it on our own terms," she said at the time. "We're very excited and happy and grateful for everyone's well wishes and support."

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Malik isn’t the first One Direction star to become a dad - Louis Tomlinson has a son named Freddie and Liam Payne is father to son Bear with his ex Cheryl.