Bella Hadid talks about ‘crippling’ anxiety and sobriety

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Bella Hadid is often seen starring in major fashion campaigns or bobbing on the runway, but like many people, she also has to deal with tough mental health issues.

Not shying away from sharing her personal battles, the younger sister of fellow model Gigi Hadid has shed light on her struggles with anxiety in a new interview with in style magazine.

“I’ve done my fair share of drinking,” the 25-year-old model told the publication. I loved alcohol and got to the point where I started, you know, canceling nights where I felt like I wouldn’t be able to control myself.

“I drink this when I have severe anxiety and can’t leave my house or when I won’t drink but still want to,” Hadid, who recently co-founded a non-alcoholic beverage company, Kin Euphorics, with entrepreneur Jane Batchelor, said of the drink they created. Relaxation and the ability to talk to people and socialize.

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Hadid revealed that she stopped drinking during 2021, and that this month marks her first “dry January”.

Speaking about why she didn’t see herself go back to drinking, she noted: “I don’t feel the need because I know how it will affect me at three in the morning when I wake up with terrible anxiety thinking about it. The thing I said five years ago when I graduated from high school.

“There’s just this never-ending effect of, basically, you know, the pain and tension on those few drinks that didn’t really do much, you know?”

Earlier this month, the model spoke about her “complex” anxiety and mental health WSJ Magazine.

‘I was going to have really bouts of depression and would ask my mom or my doctor about my condition,’ she recalls, ‘and instead of having to reply in a text, I’d just send them a picture.’

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This was the easiest thing to do at the time because I was never able to explain what I was feeling. I was just going to be in terrible mental and physical pain, and I didn’t know why. That was for the past three years.

Hadid shared her mental health issues with her Instagram followers in November of last year and said at the time: “The goal was to make sure anyone who feels this way knows it’s OK to feel that way.

“Even though things on Instagram look so pretty, at the end of the day, we’re all cut from the same fabric.”

In January 2021, the star also revealed that she took time off Instagram to focus on her health, for reasons she explained in an Instagram comment.

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During her interview with The Wall Street JournalHadid also revealed that she has stopped using her hairstylist, explaining, “It was really complicated for me to get out of the house and get dressed together.”

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The new Victoria’s Secret campaign star, who practices meditation and changed her routine for a healthier lifestyle, said at the time. The Wall Street Journal Interview: I have good days.

‘Today is a good day. I feel better in my brain fog, I don’t feel depressed. I don’t have as much anxiety as I usually do. But tomorrow I can wake up and (be) the exact opposite. That’s why I feel so confused.

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However, she admits she is not alone, adding, “Walking outside, and being able to remember that there are a lot of people going through things and having similar patterns to me, makes me feel better.”

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