Yolanda Foster, ‘Real Housewives’ Star, & David Foster Divorce As Gigi Hadid Shares Mom’s Lyme Disease Struggle

Yolanda Foster, known as one of the stars of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and David Foster are divorcing. The 51-year-old RHOBH personality’s three children include supermodel Gigi Hadid, who is 20, as well as 19-year-old Bella and 16-year-old Anwar. Their father is Yolanda’s ex-husband Mohamed Hadid. The Fosters had been married for four years, reported People.

Known as a songwriter and record producer, David joined Yolanda in revealing their decision.

“Sadly we have decided to go our separate ways. We’ve shared 9 beautiful and joyous years together. During that time we experienced love, friendship and the inevitable challenges that come with managing a marriage, careers, blended families and health issues.”

Yolanda’s soon-to-be ex-husband has five daughters and four marriages in his relationship history. But the divorce announcement is a dramatic contrast to what Foster told Yolanda when they wed in 2011.

Yolanda Foster and David Foster are divorcing.
Yolanda Foster and David Foster are divorcing. [Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance]

“Tonight, I’m the luckiest man on the planet,” said 66-year-old Foster then.

A hint of marriage problems may have occurred when the Fosters decided to sell their mansion in Malibu. Yolanda termed that decision an ending to a “beautiful chapter” in their lives.

Foster and Yolanda emphasized that they have faith that they did the best they could during their marriage and have gratitude for the time that were together.

“I hope that we can pave the road ahead of us with all we’ve learned and with the love and respect we will always have for one another,” concluded the divorce announcement.

Yolanda Foster and David Foster are not sharing the real reason for their divorce.
Yolanda Foster and David Foster are not sharing the real reason for their divorce. [Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images]

As for the cause of the breakup, no one seems to know, including Yolanda’s RHOBH co-stars, a source told E! News.

“Yolanda always seemed absolutely in love with him and was always talking about how proud she is of him,” said the insider.

As for the possibility that viewers of Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills will get the details on the show, it’s not going to happen this season. Producers have completed shooting all the episodes already.

Referring to the Lyme disease struggles that still plague Yolanda, David had talked about his then-wife’s condition just a few months ago.

“She’s doing fair. She’s just trying to work through it,” said David then. “You know, it’s been a tough battle, but she’s a fighter.”

And Yolanda had expressed her gratitude in the spring for the support that Foster had given her during her battle.

“He’s been extraordinary. You say when you get married, you stand by each other, and when it hits you… He’s the guy that gets my antibiotics four times a day; he’s the guy that did it, and he’s the guy that stood by me, every night, 24 hours a day. And I’m blessed,” she said.

Yolanda Foster and Gigi Hadid are closer than ever since the Lyme disease battle began.
Yolanda Foster and Gigi Hadid are closer than ever since the Lyme disease battle began. [Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images]

As for support from her family, however, Yolanda definitely has the support of her daughter Gigi Hadid, reported Entertainment Tonight.

Gigi’s siblings also have Lyme disease, and the model admitted that she experiences some guilty feelings as a result.

“I’m the only one in, of my siblings, my mom and my family that hasn’t been affected by Lyme disease,” said Gigi. “What’s been hardest for me is just trying to find a way to be their hope and kind of be a strength for them even with the disease that I can’t understand fully because I haven’t been through it.”

But to Bella, the support among family members helps them all.

Yolanda Foster (L) and model Gigi Hadid support each other.
Yolanda Foster (L) and model Gigi Hadid support each other. [Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret]

“My sister is my best friend, my mom is my best friend, my brother [Anwar] is my best friend,” Bella said. “And you know when we need each other we’re always there and you know automatically no matter what we have.”

As the Inquisitr reported, Hadid and her mom Yolanda have become increasingly close since Foster shared her battle with Lyme disease.

“Right now she’s going through a lot, so even a little FaceTime once in a while helps,” said Gigi.

Yolanda has suffered for three years with Lyme disease, with symptoms varying but at times including even the loss of her ability to write coherently, read, or view TV.

“It feels like someone came in and confiscated my brain and tied my hands behind my back to just watch and see life go by without me participating in it,” confessed Foster.

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