Gigi Hadid has a “supportive” and close bond with her family, including parents Yolanda and Mohamed. Learn more about the model’s parents here.
When Gigi hadid and longtime boyfriend Zayn Malik decided to quit in October, the family of the 26-year-old model supported her. A source said HollywoodLife exclusively that the brothers and sisters Bella, 25 and Anwar, 22 years old, as well as mom Yolande, 57, were “relieved”, offering insight into the tight-knit Hadid family and noting that they were “protective” of her and her daughter Khaï, 1, which she shares with Zayn.
“Gigi’s family have been so supportive and supportive of her throughout it all,” the source said. “They are protective of her and Khai and have seen them having problems for quite some time now, but the family is very private so not many people knew about it. Gigi is very close to her mother and siblings and whatever happens they will support her.
While a lot is known about her model siblings, the same probably can’t be said for her parents: Yolanda and her ex-husband. Mohamed, 73. The two were married between 1994 and 2000. Despite their separation, the family still seems to have a close bond. Learn more about Gigi’s mom and dad below.
Yolanda Hadid (née van den Herik)
Yolanda, born January 11, 1964 in Papendrecht, the Netherlands, is a former model and television personality. Apples don’t fall too far from the tree, as Yolanda began a modeling career in the 1980s, appearing in the pages of Vogue and Grazia, among others. In 1994, she married Mohamed and welcomed Gigi, Bella and Anwar soon after. After her modeling career, Yolanda made a foray into the world of reality TV, starring in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She left the series in 2016 after three seasons to focus on her health: the former model was diagnosed with Lyme disease, a bacterial infection caused by the bite of an infected tick, in 2012. In an interview with British Vogue in February, Yolanda credited her children for keeping her alive during her heartbreaking health journey.
“I can’t begin to describe the darkness and the pain and the hell I have been through every day,” she said. “For a while, I didn’t even want to live. This disease brought me to my knees. Many nights I wished to die and prayed for freedom from the pain. Without my children, I don’t think I would be here today. It is so important that we learn to listen to people because many of us suffer in silence. After her separation from Mohamed, Yolanda married a composer David foster in 2011, but they split six years later. These days, Yolanda accompanies her model children on their catwalks, orienting herself towards a career in interior design and spending time with her family on their farm in Pennsylvania.
Mohamed, born November 6, 1948 in Nazareth, Israel, is a real estate developer known for building luxury mansions and hotels, including several Ritz-Carlton hotels, in Los Angeles, New York and Washington. As one of the most successful real estate developers in the United States, Mohamed is the CEO of Hadid Design and Development Group. Building and real estate are in his blood: his great-grandfather Daher Al Omer built the port of Haifa in Israel. In his profile with Milestone magazine, he attributed his work ethic to parents.
“My family has been through a lot,” Mohamed said. “We were forced to leave Palestine and fled to Syria in 1948. From there we traveled to Lebanon and then to Tunisia before ending up in Greece and finally across the Atlantic to Washington, DC. . Throughout all this time and upheaval, my parents made sure that I and my seven siblings were well educated and maintained our culture. They made sure that we were happy and free from anger, as many refugees do. . . My parents gave us wings.
With his many successes, Mohamed cited his children as his greatest achievement. “My children, there is no doubt about it,” he said when asked what he was most proud of. “They make me incredibly proud every day and everything they have accomplished is theirs. . . They are by far my greatest achievement. With his three children with Yolanda, Mohamed shares two daughters, Marielle, 41 and Alana, 36, with his first wife Mary butler.
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