ZAYN Malik and model Gigi Hadid have welcomed a "healthy & beautiful" daughter into the world.

The East Bowling-born singer, 27, posted a black-and-white picture of the baby's tiny hand clutching his tattooed finger on social media.

The former One Direction singer wrote alongside the sweet snap: "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."

In a separate post to her more than 58 million Instagram followers, Hadid said she is "so in love" following the birth of her first child, revealing the baby arrived at the weekend.

Alongside a picture of the newborn holding Malik's thumb, she wrote: "Our girl joined us earth-side this weekend and she's already changed our world. So in love."

US model Hadid, 25, confirmed she was expecting in April, telling chat show host Jimmy Fallon she and Malik were "happy and grateful for everyone's well wishes and support".

The new arrival came hours after Malik teased his first new music since 2018 album Icarus Falls. He tweeted a short section of the track Better, revealing it will arrive on Friday.

Los Angeles-born Hadid and Bradford-born Malik have been dating on and off since late 2015.

Last week, Hadid's father Mohamed shared a message on social media for the unborn baby.

"Hello little grandchild, it is me, my heart as happy as can be," he wrote.
"I wish for you the sun & moon, I wish for you a happy time. Know that grandpa's always here, I'll do anything, anything for you, my dear."

The couple's celebrity friends congratulated them on the new arrival in the comments section of the new parents' posts.

Model Hailey Bieber shared heart emojis and said: "Welcome babygirl! So happy for you guys."

Actress Emily Ratajkowski wrote: "Congratulations Gigi & Zayn!!"
Model Olivia Culpo said: "Ahhhh!!!!! HUGE congrats!!!!! I can't wait to meet this angel."