Yolanda Hadid Refers To ‘Deep Loneliness’ After Nine-Month Social Media Break ‘To Re-Evaluate My Life’

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Photo credit: Gary Gershoff - Getty Images

Yolanda Hadid has been absent from social media for almost a year, and bringing an end to the time off, she took to Instagram yesterday to reveal the reason for her nine-month hiatus.

The 58-year-old mum to supermodel sisters Gigi, 26, and Bella Hadid, 25, said she wanted to 're-evaluate my life'.

She shared a photo of her in a meditative pose on a sandy beach, accompanied by a message that reads: 'Nine month social media detox completed.'

Explaining her break in an accompanying caption, she began: 'After the loss of my mother i really struggled with depression followed by a lyme relapse….

'The emotional stress and grief strongly effected my immune system.'

Her mum, Ans van den Herik, died aged 78, after a long cancer battle.

Hadid continued: 'My phone addiction didn’t help either, it started to take so much time away from being present in my life.

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Photo credit: Gotham - Getty Images

'Its so easy to get lost in other peoples stories while forgetting to live and love your own.'

The mum-of-three, who shares her children, Gigi, Bella and son Anwar with ex-husband Mohamed Hadid, went on to discuss the 'deep loneliness' caused by the damaging effects of social media.

'Texting is so much easier then picking up the phone and calling someone. we are all guilty of it [sic],' she admits.

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Photo credit: Gotham - Getty Images

'I realised that we are slowly starting to lose the art of communication and its creating a deep loneliness within us.

'Remember the good old times of pagers and flip phones.

'A device to call people without the constant pressure to answer emails, texts and many hours of scrolling through social media until your eyes hurt and often left uninspired [sic].'

She concluded by highlighting how her social media break helped her to reset her life.

'Anyway this has been a wonderful reset, time to break the habit of picking up my phone 50 times a day.

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Photo credit: Raymond Hall - Getty Images

'Learning to focus on myself, my health journey and being present in this moment of my life.

'Time has slowed down and feels a lot calmer, more time to just sit and actually read a book, time to reconnect with people, be creative and most importantly time with my family.

'I am excited to be back and see what you’ve all been up too [sic].'

Daughters Gigi and Bella supported their mum, with the former liking the post while Bella commented: 'We love you.'

American fashion designer Marc Jacobs wrote: 'Welcome back.'

The last time Hadid shared a post to her Instagram feed was when marking younger daughter Bella's 25th birthday on October 9 last year.

At the time she shared a carousel of sweet throwback mother-daughter images and wrote a heartfelt caption which began: 'Happy birthday my forever baby girl - I am so incredibly proud of the resilient young woman you’ve become while navigating life with such kindness and grace!!'

She concluded: 'Thank you giving me the greatest gift of motherhood and allowing me to guide you while learning so much about myself...

'Wishing you a happy and healthy next journey around the sun knowing I’m right beside you to love and support through all the ups and downs of life!!'

More recently, Yolanda found herself at the centre of controversy surrounding Gigi's ex-partner Zayn Malik, who shares one-year-old daughter Khai with the runway regular.

It was claimed that Malik hit Yolanda, but the former One Direction member denied the allegation.

Later, in March of this year, Bella revealed she had a nose job at 14, which she later came to regret, at which point Yolanda was criticised by legions of social media users.

'I’m just shocked Yolanda & Mohamed let her get a nose job at 14. FOURTEEN years old,' wrote one person.

Social media aside, Yolanda's children clearly have her back, and vice versa.

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