Lisa Vanderpump Says She Regrets Discussing Bella and Anwar Hadid's Lyme Disease: 'I Love and Adore' Them
"I knew them to to thrive, flourish, but I state I had no reason to question their well being," Lisa Vanderpump says of Yolanda Foster's children
After telling her costars that Bella and Anwar Hadid’s father, Mohamed Hadid, had denied they suffered from Lyme disease during Tuesday’s episode, Vanderpump wrote in her Bravo blog, “I regret even acknowledging the subject, but we live and we learn.”
“On the subject regarding Lyme disease, I can’t stress this enough: I believe when we initiate conversation on a reality show, whether inadvertently or not, we open the doors for discussion,” she explained. “I have initiated sensitive subjects myself, with regard to my children.”
While Vanderpump, 55, contended that she would “never delve into the health history of somebody’s children,” she said she felt comfortable discussing Foster’s family because the former model had brought up the topic “without provocation” on the show before.
“Then I was asked questions by Kyle [Richards], I have no alternative but to speak my truth,” she wrote. “My truth being over the years of interacting with all of the children there had never been any mention of illness.”
Bella, 19, and Anwar, 16, were diagnosed in 2013, shortly after their mother, but their struggle with the disease wasn’t revealed until last October.
“I knew them to to thrive, flourish, but I state I had no reason to question their well being,” the Vanderpump Rules star said. “Mohamed had always said they were fine, but that is their prerogative as parents, whatever medical issues or information they choose to divulge. I obviously interpreted that as they were not infected by this insidious disease, and as it is not contagious, I understood them to be healthy.”
She added, “I love and adore all three of them, for sure.”
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Mohamed issued a statement in response to Vanderpump’s assertion on Tuesday, saying, “I do not wish to make public my family’s private matters, but I would like to make it clear that I completely and unequivocally support my children and their mother.”
Foster also responded to the issue through her own blog, calling the episode “disheartening.”
“I have nothing to prove and know that my journey is public due to the job I’ve chosen as a Housewife, but I can’t accept something so delicate as my children’s health being talked about in such a way,” Foster wrote. “I know I’m not the only mother who would speak to this. It’s one thing when your integrity is doubted, spoken of behind your back, but it strikes another cord when it’s your children.”
She said that Anwar and Bella have been in “extensive holistic treatment” since their diagnosis and that she thinks they all contracted the illness while living on their Santa Barbara horse ranch for 10 years.
RHOBH airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.