Bella Hadid Opens Up About Her Love Life: 'I'm Just Really Focusing On Myself'
By Tina Smithers Peckham
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Bella Hadid is in no hurry to start dating again.
The 20-year-old supermodel reflected on her love life -- among other things, including her Muslim upbringing and her struggle with Lyme disease -- in the newest issue of Net-a-Porter's Porter magazine.
Bella and The Weeknd, 27, split last November after a year and a half of dating. Two months later, the rapper was spotted locking lips with Selena Gomez while on a date in Santa Monica, California.
"I'm just really focusing on myself, and my work, and just being the best that I can be," said the Porter cover girl. "I'm not really worried about what guys think about me, I'm just trying to be a woman!"
Bella confessed that while work remains a priority in her life, the fame machine can still get pretty overwhelming. "You feel really overexposed and you don’t want to see anybody... I just want to be in my apartment alone and kind of retreat and be centered again," she said, adding that she has gotten accustomed to giving interviews. "I think I’ve gotten more used to being around people. I used to get so nervous doing interviews. I'm a very sensitive person."
She credits her family for keeping her grounded, admitting that President Donald Trump's controversial immigration ban hit the Hadid family especially hard: "My dad was a refugee when he first came to America, so it's actually very close to home for my sister and brother and me. He was always religious, and he always prayed with us. I am proud to be a Muslim."
The Victoria's Secret model remains close to her mother, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Yolanda Hadid, who, like Bella and her brother, Anwar, also suffers from chronic Lyme disease. Bella admitted that her experience with the diagnosis was one of her toughest moments ever. "I couldn’t get out of bed for six days," she remembered. "And my brain would get all foggy, and I couldn't see. That was the hardest time of my life."
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