Blank repos always error with irremovable "auto devops" pipeline

I’m new to gitlab. When I create a blank “project” on gitlab and then push an existing git repo to it, I instantly get bombarded with emails about a “auto devops” pipeline failing and being disabled.

I can’t seem to remove this pipline either… how do I prevent it from being autocreated on blank projects? (I have not configured anything - new user - blank projects)