In the video — which Bella Hadid has since deleted but is still being shared around Twitter — Gigi holds a Buddha-shaped cookie up to her face, squints her eyes, and smiles. Twitter users decried the video as being racist against Asians and singled out Zayn’s Southwest-Asian heritage.
— z (@zainzayns) February 5, 2017
In response to questions from fans about the video, Zayn tweeted, “trust me.. she likes asians ;).”
@KristopherRod trust me.. she likes asians 😉 —-
— zayn (@zaynmalik) February 7, 2017