We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Gigi Hadid, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the model and television personality that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: She Comes From a Broken Home. Hadid has a great relationship with both of her parents, but they divorced when she was very young. Hadid’s mother, Yolanda Foster, has admitted that the reason for the divorce was infidelity.
Number Seven: She Moved for Her Modeling Career. Hadid moved from Beverly Hills to New York City to pursue her career in modeling. She also moved to attend college, and the move was documented on an episode of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (her mom is on the show).
Number Six: Her Mother Has Lyme Disease. Hadid’s mother, Yolanda Foster, suffers from severe chronic Lyme Disease. However, her claims have recently come into question as her health issues have become more and more complicated. Her struggle with the disease has been well documented on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Number Five: Her Real Name Isn’t Gigi. In fact, Gigi was born Jelena Noura Hadid. Hadid’s mother was the one who came up with the nickname, and it stuck from there.
Number Four: She Is an Amazing Athlete. We mentioned in part one of our list that Hadid took a hiatus from modeling to pursue competitive horseback riding, but did you know she is also a talented volleyball player? In fact, Hadid even went to the Junior Olympic qualifiers for volleyball.
Number Three: She Has an Interesting Connection to Kendall Jenner. Beyond being young models and friends, Hadid is connected to Jenner in a six-degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon kind of way. Hadid’s stepfather (well, ex-stepfather now) is David Foster, who was once married to Linda Thompson. Thompson was married to Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner, who is the father of Kendall Jenner.
Number Two: She Is Dating a Former One Direction Member. After her split from Cody Simpson, Hadid now seems to be dating former 1D member Zayn Malik. In fact, she has even been seen wearing a necklace that has a “Z” pendant on it.
Number One: She Is Studying Criminal Psychology. Hadid began college in the fall of 2013 at New York’s New School, and she studies criminal psychology. Her goal is to graduate by the time she turns 23.