Yolanda Hadid's daughter Gigi Hadid welcomed her first child, daughter Khai, in September

By Charlotte Triggs and Benjamin VanHoose
March 05, 2021 12:04 PM
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Yolanda Hadid is a doting grandmother.

The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star's 25-year-old daughter Gigi Hadid welcomed her first child, daughter Khai, with boyfriend Zayn Malik in September. Yolanda tells PEOPLE in a conversation surrounding FREmedica's WAVE 1 wearable electronic device that her granddaughter is a "great blessing."

"The extraordinary part of that is my mom passed away and Gigi got pregnant maybe two months later," says Yolanda, 57, whose mom Ans van den Herik died in August 2019. "So it shows you the cycle of life."

"We lost somebody so special to the family, and we have a new little angel, so that's been a great blessing, for sure," she adds.

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In a recent Vogue cover story — in which she details her natural home birth for which Yolanda was at her side — Gigi revealed the monikers she's using for Khai to refer to her grandparents. Her father, Mohamed, will be Jido, which is "grandpa" in Arabic, and her mother, Yolanda, will be Oma, which is "grandmother" in Dutch.

Yolanda, who is also mom to daughter Bella Hadid and son Anwar Hadid, opened up further about losing her mother then embracing her granddaughter in an Instagram post for her birthday in January. She shared a Christmas photo of herself holding the baby girl.

"When I woke up this morning and counted all my blessings in life this little Angel was ranked #1. It's a whole new feeling, I'm feeling... a part of my heart I didn't know existed," she wrote at the time. "I very much miss my mamma on this special day that used to be ours, the fist call of my day...."

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Yolanda Hadid
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"A empty hole in my heart that can't be filled with anything else but love, respect and gratitude for the woman that gave birth to me, loved and guided me through the ups and downs of life," added Yolanda. "I always knew she was crazy for her grand kids but this is the first time I truly understand the depth of how much she loved my children and how blessed they were to have her influence in their lives."

"God bless my mamma in heaven! Today is for you... #CircleOfLife," she concluded.

In the comment section, Gigi wrote, "You are the best OMA! She is so lucky. We all are."