Gigi Hadid says her mother Yolanda and sister Bella fight with Lyme disease make her "very independent"
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Gigi Hadid thinks that the poor health of her close family has made her "very independent".
The 23-year-old model claims to have become more resilient thanks to her sister Bella, 22, mother Yolanda, 55 and 19 year old brother Anwar, who fights Lyme disease, the energy-consuming infection that can be spread from ticks.
He told the American magazine Elle: "Growing up, having three members of my sick family made me very independent.
Gigi Hadid says that mother Yolanda and Bella's sister fight with Lyme's disease make her "very independent"; she was seen at the Tom Ford Show at the New York Fashion Week on Saturday
"My mother could not drive or get out of bed someday, so I took my brother to school with me or I had lunch."
On the other hand, Gigi has also admitted to feeling "guilt" because he did not share the struggles for the health of his family.
The catwalk star told the magazine: "I also felt a lot of guilt about being the only person in the family who did not understand what they were going through.
"It's difficult when your whole family is suffering and you do not know what to do."
The blonde beauty said he wanted to give "hope" to his family, even if he could not empathize with their daily fears.
Suffering: Yolanda Hadid spoke openly about her fight with Lyme disease
Sick: Gigi's younger sister, Bella, 22, seen Saturday at Brandon Maxwell's show in New York, has to deal with Lyme attacks, as well as her brother Anwar, 19, seen in October
Sharing his fight: Gigi Yolanda's mother regularly updates fans about her Lyme disease
Gigi – who, like her sister Bella, is one of the most popular models in the world – explained: "I am the only one of my siblings, my mother and my family who have not been affected by Lyme disease.
& # 39; e & # 39; It was really difficult for me because I'm the only one who does not really understand it.
"What was more difficult for me is just trying to find the way to be their hope and to be a force for them even with the disease that I can not fully understand because I could not."
To improve: after years of management of Lyme disease, the former model Yolanda Hadid, 55, has lived some days of relative fitness