Yolanda Hadid Is Leaving ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’
Yolanda Hadid, previously known as Yolanda Foster, is parting ways with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The 52-year-old, who is the mother of models Gigi, Bella, and Anwar Hadid, has confirmed that she’ll be leaving the popular Bravo reality series after three seasons.
“I would have loved a more graceful exit than ‘Season 6′ but sometimes we don’t get to control the endings of the chapters in our life,” she wrote in a lengthy Instagram post on Wednesday (June 15, 2016). “I am leaving what’s over without denying its past importance in my life.”
“I believe that every exit is an new entry and with that in mind I say goodbye to my @Bravotv Family as I continue to focus on a my recovery, my children and bring back the privacy within our home,” she continued. “Thank you to all the fans for your love and unwavering support these past 4 years. I am grateful for the housewife experience and all it has thought me. I’m excited about this choice and look forward to the next chapter of my life.”
According to TMZ, Yolanda left because she was offered a lesser role for the seventh season. The publication claims Yolanda saw this as a demotion and refused to appear on the show as a mere “friend of the cast.”
In 2012, Yolanda revealed that she was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, an illness that has also affected daughter Bella and son Anwar. Her struggle with the disease was prominently featured on the show since her debut in Season 3.
Earlier this year, Yolanda also filed for divorce from husband David Foster after four years of marriage. She changed her legal name from Yolanda Foster to Yolanda Hadid — taking the surname of her first husband Mohamed Hadid — for her children.
She explained in February, “I never dropped the name Hadid, because I have three children with that last name, and I asked the kids, ‘Should I go back to van den Herik?’ and they said, ‘No! You’re our mommy and we have the same last name.'”