Throughout the past year, keen observers have noted Bella Hadid's conspicuous absence from several prominent events, notably the Met Gala, Paris Fashion Week, and Cannes Film Festival. Speculations have swirled, suggesting that her deliberate choice to abstain from these illustrious gatherings might be attributed to health challenges. These conjectures found reinforcement in an April TikTok video, where Hadid candidly shared that a root canal surgery had triggered a resurgence of her ongoing battle with Lyme disease, shedding light on the possible reasons behind her limited public appearances.
Recently, Hadid has officially confirmed this news through an extensive Instagram post, offering a comprehensive update on her health journey. She elaborated on her situation in a heartfelt caption that accompanied a series of images documenting her medical records over the years and snapshots capturing her recovery phases.
Specifically, she said: "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."
Hadid confirmed that she had returned to a place of good health after extensive treatment throughout the year. “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 universe works in the most painful and beautiful ways, but I must say that if you are struggling, it will get better. I promise,” she added.
This update arrives after her sister Gigi Hadid's Instagram story in July, where she shared a throwback picture of the siblings backstage at a fashion show, accompanied by the caption: "Can't wait 4 the comebaccckkkkkk." Then, on Tuesday, August 2, Gigi posted once more, aiming to clarify any misunderstandings that might have arisen from her previous post. She asserted that the intention behind the caption wasn't to affirm Bella's return to the runways for the upcoming spring 2024 fashion shows commencing in New York this September. Gigi elaborated, "Just wanna touch on this post from last week. Bella just finished a long and intense treatment for Lyme disease. Didn't want some to take my post as a promise she'll be back for shows this next season. I'm so proud of her and excited for her comeback whenever she feels ready."
Hadid's encounter with Lyme disease dates back to 2012, a diagnosis she shared with her brother, Anwar, and her mother, Yolanda. In an insightful cover story for Vogue in April 2022, she candidly delved into her battle against this bacterial affliction, revealing concurrent struggles with periods of depression and anxiety. Recollecting those trying times, she recounted, "For three years while I was working, I would wake up every morning hysterical, in tears, alone. I wouldn't show anybody that. I would go to work, cry at lunch in my little greenroom, finish my day, go to whatever random little hotel I was in for the night, cry again, wake up in the morning, and do the same thing." In late July, the model also confirmed that she is ten months sober, saying that she was "so proud of anyone discovering their sobriety."
In her poignant message, Hadid underscored the transformative nature of her arduous health journey. “I tried to pick the most positive pictures I could because as painful as this experience was, the outcome was the most enlightening experience of my life, filled with new friends, new visions, and a new brain. Thank you for the patience of the incredible companies I work for, my supporters, and those who continued checking in. I’ll be back when I’m ready. I miss you all so much. I love you all so much,” Hadid wrote. While the exact date of her runway return remains uncertain, a glimmer of hope emerged on August 10 when she shared a TikTok video captioned, "First day back on set in 5 months!"
We can only imagine Bella Hadid's challenges on her journey. The path to recovery could be more swift and straightforward, especially considering that Lyme disease is a persistent condition requiring ongoing treatment. Our heartfelt well wishes are with her as she navigates this battle. Bella, your absence has been deeply felt, and your effort to make a comeback is genuinely appreciated. We miss you greatly and eagerly await the moments when you grace the runways once again.