The controversy surrounding Bella Hadid is not showing any signs of slowing down. Earlier this week Dior stores across the GCC removed campaign images of the model from any windows or displays and shopping malls across the region are still being urged to pull any ads related to the former BAZAAR cover star.
Whilst Bella has issued an apology, the rest of her family has remained pretty tight-lipped about the ordeal, until today when real estate developer Mohamed Hadid broke his silence on the issue.
In an exclusive interview with Arabian Business, Hadid, who fronted the autumn/winter 2016 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR Interiors, 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.”
"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?” he continued. “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.”
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