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Bella Hadid's Olympic dreams crushed by Lyme disease

Bella Hadid stuns in yet another photoshoot and is paving her way into the world of fashion. However, her mother revealed how Lyme disease crushed Bella's Olympic dreams.

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Bella Hadid is one overly talented 19-year-old. She rose to fame through campaigns she did for Balmain and Topshop, and catwalks for everyone from Chanel to Burberry.

However, her biggest passion is something else. She is a nationally ranked equestrian. Furthermore, long before she found herself on the world’s most notable catwalks, she trained to compete in the Olympics.

Unfortunately, Bella’s dreams were killed when she found out that she has Lyme disease in 2012. She has never spoken publicly about her health, but her mother, Yolanda foster, has been working on raising awareness for the chronic inflammatory disease. At the inaugural Global Lyme Alliance gala, she opened up about her daughter’s condition, along with her own. She accepted her “Power of One” award, and explained that "watching [her] babies struggle in silence in order to support me in my journey, struck the deepest core of hopelessness inside of [her]."

Yolanda also shared a few details about her family’s problems, especially how the disease affected Bella.

She said, "Bella wanted to be a professional horseback rider, and her dream was to go to the Olympics. She's been on a horse every day of her life since she was 2 years old. She jumped 4'5" courses and you need to have a very sharp brain in order to do the calculations. And she started making mistakes."

And that is when everything changed. Fortunately, that didn’t break her, but made her work even harder to become a successful model.