Anwar Hadid sparked major criticism this week after stating his blunt opinion on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Via his Instagram Story, the 21-year-old responded to an inquiring fan that he will “absolutely not” get the vaccine when it becomes available to him.
“Either i just don’t get [the coronavirus] or i get it and god willing heal from it and get antibodies rather than do that process unnaturally,” he further explained at the time: “Our bodies are made by the creator to do way more than we think.”
Not surprisingly, fans were quick to call him out on social media saying his stance was not only selfish — but irresponsible, given the rapidly escalating number of cases of the virus in the country. Facing major backlash, the model jumped back IG stories on Tuesday trying to clarify his controversial personal opinion.
“Im not ‘anti vax,'” he back-pedaled. “I think everyone has to be careful with each vaccine individually looking at positive and possible negative effects. I have taken vaccines before but As someone who has had a compromised immune system, I want to continue to learn about the many ways i can protect myself and others.”
Hadid, his mom, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum Yolanda Hadid and his supermodel sister Bella Hadid have all allegedly been diagnosed with and suffered from Lyme disease, a condition that can subvert one’s immune system.
Trying extra hard to smooth over the outrage, Hadid took time to recognize healthcare workers who have been busier than ever this holiday season.
“Never meant to offend anyone with my words and I am so grateful for all the frontline workers and doctors and the powerful work they have done during this time,” he said. “I’m listening and I’m all about the conversation.”
Hadid has spent the majority of his time during the pandemic with his girlfriend, “Levitating” singer Dua Lipa, whom he’s been dating since June 2019.