It's thought that the 19-year-old is having a tough time with her Lyme Disease
Bella Hadid has shocked fans by posting an image of herself hooked up to an IV drip on Snapchat.
The photo shows the 19-year-old in bed, with the drip in her arm, decorated with a thermometer and sleeping person emoji.
Although the context behind the photograph has not been confirmed, it is thought that it is in connection with Bella’s Lyme Disease, which she was diagnosed with back in 2012.
Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection that is spread to humans by infected ticks. If left untreated, the later symptoms of the illness include pain and swelling in the joints, problems affecting the nervous system, heart problems and inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
The model has previously shared her experiences living with the illness, positing similar IV shots in the past.
In an interview with ES magazine, Bella spoke candidly about the impact of her disease, revealing: ‘I used to be the last to go home at a party, now I’m the first…’
Talking of Fashion Week, she said: ‘I was so exhausted… I only did 13 shows. Just request casting. The show girls do, like, 12 shows a day. I only did one or two shows a day and I was like: “I need to go to sleep.” I thought: “OK, maybe I’m just a p***y.”‘
She continued: ‘It affected my memory so I suddenly wouldn’t remember how to drive to Santa Monica from Malibu where I lived.
‘I couldn’t ride. I was just too sick. And I had to sell my horse because I couldn’t take care of it.’
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Bella’s mother Yolanda also suffers from the disease, and has written about how it has impacted Bella in her column for Bravo.
She wrote: ‘Bella had to give up her lifelong dream of having a professional riding career and a shot at the Olympics due to her severe symptoms and inability to ride. This was the biggest heartbreak of her life and an extremely sensitive subject for her.’
It’s heartbreaking to hear how the disease has affected Bella and we’re glad that she has found success in modelling, despite her illness.
We wish her well.
By Catherine Delves