Yolanda Hadid /instagram Yolanda Hadid and granddaughter Khai
“Happy birthday to you my sweet Angel…..,” Yolanda, 57, began in an Instagram post celebrating Gigi’s 26th birthday on Friday. “I have always been so very proud of the young woman you grew up to be every step of your life time but watching you give birth and become a mother yourself has given ‘Proud’ a whole other meaning….”
The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star added, “You are extraordinary!!!”
Yolanda then thanked her daughter for “the greatest gift,” referring to Khai — who Gigi welcomed with boyfriend Zayn Malik in September 2020.
David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images Yolanda (left) and Gigi Hadid
“I wasn’t sure how to get by without my mamma but loving Khai awoke a part in my heart I never knew existed,” she wrote.
Yolanda made a similar sentiment while speaking to PEOPLE when she shared that her 7-month-old granddaughter has been “a great blessing” for the family since her own mother Ans van den Herik‘s 2019 death.
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“The extraordinary part of that is my mom passed away and Gigi got pregnant maybe two months later,” the mother of three — who shares Gigi, Bella Hadid and Anwar Hadid with ex Mohamed Hadid — told PEOPLE. “So it shows you the cycle of life.”
“We lost somebody so special to the family, and we have a new little angel, so that’s been a great blessing, for sure,” Yolanda added.
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Gigi has often gushed about her own mother as well.
In January, the model shared a sweet tribute to Yolanda on Instagram, writing, “Every year, I think I couldn’t love, look up to, or learn from her more — and then I do.”
“She’s the best mom and Oma we could ever ask for. So blessed,” Gigi said. “I LOVE YOU, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING. Wishing you the best year 🌼.”