Bella Hadid and her younger brother Anwar Hadid have both been suffering from Lyme disease for several years, their mom Yolanda Foster has revealed.
The 51-year-old Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star opened up about her children’s battles with the disease while talking about her own struggles with it while being honored at the Global Lyme Alliance gala on Thursday (October 8) in New York City.
“When my two youngest children, Bella and Anwar, were diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in early 2012, watching my babies struggle in silence in order to support me in my journey, struck the deepest core of hopelessness inside of me,” Yolanda said.
“This award is for Anwar and Bella. This is my token and my promise to you that I will not allow you to live a life of pain and suffering. I will walk to the end of the earth to find a cure so that you can live a healthy life that you deserve,” Yolanda added (via People). “No child should suffer the way that you do … I thank you both for your extraordinary selflessness during this journey. Your unwavering love and compassion has kept me alive and fighting through the darkest days of my life.”
Gigi Hadid was also in attendance at the gala to support her family.
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Gigi Hadid and Joe Jonas pose together on the red carpet while attending the Global Lyme Alliace’s Uniting for a Lyme-Free World Inaugural Gala on Thursday (October 8) at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.
While the couple has posed for photos at several events, this is their first time walking a red carpet together!
Gigi‘s sister Bella and brother Anwar were also there to support their mom Yolanda Foster, who is battling Lyme disease. She was joined by husband David Foster.
Also in attendance were models Devon Windsor and Jordan Barrett.
“Celebrating #LymeDiseaseAwareness tonight with my beautiful family. #SearchingForACure …We love you Mommy @yolandahfoster,” Bella wrote on her Instagram account.