Bella Hadid's father defends her as controversy heats up
While the Bella Hadid controversy seems to be heating up, her father Mohamed, has spoken out in support of his daughter to Arabian Business.
The younger Hadid stoked a massive social media scandal in the Middle East after she posted a picture of her boot next to the airplanes from the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Since then, Hadid shared an apology on Instagram and Twitter assuring her 26 million fans it had “nothing to do with politics” and that it was “an honest mistake.”
“I would never want my posts or platform to be used for hate against anyone, especially those of my own beautiful & powerful heritage.”
She said “I love and care so much about the Muslim and Arab side of my family as well as my brothers and sisters throughout the world.”
According to Gulf News, all campaign shots of Bella Hadid in Dior stores across the Gulf region have been pulled down. "For appeasement, Parfums Christian Dior has removed its visuals of Bella Hadid in the GCC," the publication was told.
He told Arabian Business that the picture was a mere coincidence and that Bella, who has long been a champion of Arab causes, has been targeted by social media trolls.
In an exclusive interview with Arabian Business, he said, “Bella has been targeted by jealous individuals and trolls who wish to destroy her career. Arabs don’t do that to their own. She is a proud Arab and a proud Muslim. There are many people with their own agendas, mostly out of jealousy for her success, that are trying to bring her down. 95 percent of the backlash on social media is coming from paid trolls - just open any of these accounts and most of them are fake," Mohamed Hadid said.
"Do you really think she was walking around the airport and trying to find those two exact airplanes right next to each other to take an intentional picture like that? She can’t even walk in the mall without thousands of fans following her around. She was tired, waiting for her flight in the airline lounge and just took a picture. No one in our family would ever disrespect any Arab country, not Saudi Arabia, not the UAE and not anyone from the GCC,” he added.