Zayn Malik turned 26 on January 12 and to celebrate the other half of “Team No Sleep”, Gigi Hadid, threw him a Super Mario-themed party in a private video game arcade. The birthday bash à deux saw the new parents, who took a night off babysitting little Zigi, play Donkey Kong, The Simpsons and Pac-Man on old-school machines, before feasting on a personalised cake from Carlo’s Bakery and quite possibly the most amount of gummy sweets we’ve ever seen on one place.
We of course knew that Malik was a gamer. During a 2018 British Vogue interview, he gave us a glimpse into his semi-isolated SoHo lifestyle playing Fortnite on PlayStation with the company of Gigi and his hairless Sphynx cat called Dobby.
But we didn’t realise his love of Super Mario warranted confetti shaped like the characters, and Zayn’s own face morphed onto Nintendo’s most famous mascot in frosting.
Gigi dressed the part, in a Wardrobe.NYC cropped puffer and trousers peppered with space motifs in the same primary colours of Zayn’s third album, Nobody Is Listening. Incidentally, she also commissioned Pop-Up Florist to create a blooming recreation of the cover to elevate the balloon-filled scene. “Thought I was crazy for asking,” she admitted of the personalised posies marking the 15 January release date.
“Happiest birthday to our Zaddy baba,” added Gigi, giving an insight into their pet names and the offbeat looks they wear at home. (Unicorn slippers, anyone?) “So special. Love you long time.” The prize for the best girlfriend goes to….
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk