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Bella Hadid feels sad that she didn’t ‘adopt’ Muslim culture into her life after her parents’ divorce


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The 25-year-old model is the daughter of Yolanda Hadid and Palestinian real estate agent Mohamed Hadid

THE Bella Hadid recently revealed that she felt sad that she wasn’t given the opportunity to grow up with “Muslim culture” from her Palestinian father, saying she was “estranged” from that side of her family when her mother moved her to California after their divorce.

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The 25-year-old model is the daughter of Yolanda Hadid and Palestinian real estate agent, Mohamed Hadid. She was born in Washington, D.C., where she spent the first four years of her life growing up near her father’s relatives.

However, after her parents split up when Bella was four, she and her siblings – Gigi and Anwar – moved to Santa Barbara, California with their mother.

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In an interview with GQ, the famous model explained that she longed to explore this side of her story after moving on. She said she would have loved to have studied and practiced religion as a child, but she “wasn’t given that opportunity”.

“I would have loved to grow up and be with my father every day, study and just generally be able to live with this culture, but I wasn’t given that,” she said. She added of her upbringing in Santa Barbara, where she faced “racist slurs” that: “For a long time I was missing that part of myself and it made me really, really sad and lonely.”

Bella Hadid is set to make her acting debut in the series “Ramy,” about a first-generation Muslim American who is on a spiritual journey through his politically divided New Jersey neighborhood. The model revealed that the role reignited her desire to embrace her heritage, something she was denied after her parents divorced.

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