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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 23: Gigi Hadid, Yolanda Hadid and Bella Hadid attend V Magazine’s intimate dinner in honor of Karl Lagerfeld at The Top of The Standard on October 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for V Magazine)

Yolanda Hadid has lifted the veil on her filtered life as she returned to social media a nine-month hiatus. The former model took to Instagram overnight with a photo of herself basking in the sun with the words, “nine month social media detox completed”, written at the bottom.

In the caption, Hadid went on to explain the reason behind the long break to her 3.8 million followers. After the death of her mother in August 2019, Hadid says she slipped into depression which was followed by a relapse in her Lyme disease diagnosis. “…the emotional stress and grief strongly effected by immune system,” she wrote.

The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills alum continued, “My phone addiction didn’t help either, it started to take so much time away from being present in my life. It’s so easy to get lost in other people’s stories while forgetting to live and love your own.”

Hadid is the mother to daughters Gigi, 27, Bella, 25 and son, Anwar 23, who she shares with ex-husband Mohammed Hadid. The Dutch-born American says the break from social media was a “wonderful reset” and a “time to break the habit of picking up my phone 50 times a day.”

Hadid was diagnosed with the tick-borne illness Lyme Disease (which is currently not recognised in Australia) in 2012 after a Belgium doctor discovered the chronic infection in her brain. She underwent a procedure on her brain in 2016 which is believed to alleviate symptoms such as chronic fatigue and brain fog. Hadid revealed in her 2017 memoir Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisibility of Lyme Disease, that she once contemplated suicide as a result of the illness.

The 58-year-old was also the centre of an alleged domestic abuse case in 2021 when Gigi’s then-boyfriend Zayn Malik was accused of “striking” her.