Bella Hadid has been MIA not just from social media but also from the world of fashion.
The supermodel was a part of every major campaign, runway show and even the most viral moments of 2022 (remember the iconic live spray painting during the Coperni show?). But ever since the beginning of 2023, the Palestinian-Dutch model has taken a sabbatical from work because of health reasons.
For a few years now, the younger Hadid sister has been vocal about her battle with Lyme disease. An illness she has been living with for over 15 years. Bella along with her mother Yolanda and brother Anwar, all suffer from this medical condition.
Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. It often leads to symptoms like fever, fatigue, headache, and a characteristic “bull’s-eye” rash. Early detection and treatment with antibiotics are crucial to prevent more severe complications. If you suspect you have Lyme disease, it’s important to consult a medical professional.
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Recently, after a long hiatus, the 26-year-old model took to Instagram to share a positive update with her followers. “Living in this state, worsening with time and work while trying to make myself, my family and the people who support me, proud, had taken a toll on me in ways I can’t really explain. To be that sad and sick with the most blessings/privilege/opportunity/love around me was quite possibly the most confusing thing ever. one thing I want to express to you all is that 1: I am okay and you do not have to worry, ♥️and 2:I wouldn’t change anything for the world. If I had to go through all of this again, to get here, to this exact moment I’m in right now, with all of you, finally healthy, I would do it all again. It made me who I am today.”
The Kin Euphorics founder spoke about the importance of health, a supportive enviroment and how important it was for her to keep it real and transparent.
While social media is infamous for showing us the glossy side of the celebrity lives, over the years many of them have come forward and spoken openly about their health condition. It is vital to lift the veil of illusion around the perfectionism that is often associated with the celebrity culture.
Scroll the above gallery to see all the brave celebrities who have been open about their struggles with various illnesses.
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