Yolanda Foster is taking to her Bravo Blog to discuss the dynamic of her family that we saw on this week’s episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Yolanda says she was deeply touched when her daughter, GiGi spoke about her two fathers and how her parent’s work ethic has motivated her.
Yolanda writes, “As you can imagine, a peaceful going away party for Gigi was very important to me, but to be honest, I was nervous that there would be a blow up somewhere. I know there was a lot going on between all the woman, but I am grateful to each and every one of them for showing respect and keeping all the drama to a minimum, making this a memorable night for Gigi, her friends, and our family.
As I am sitting at my desk today, writing this blog I just balled my eyes out. Seeing Gigi speak about her father and her stepfather the way she did was very emotional and made me very proud. Divorce is not easy for children, and our big unconventional family is complicated at times. But at the end of the day we make it work for us and stand united as one. Shiva has been a great addition to our family for the past year and a half. We are thankful for all her help with this beautiful Arabic party, in great Hadid tradition, and in honor of Teta, Gigi’s grandma, who was looking down on us from heaven.
Being a single mother with all the guilt of failing was a challenge in the early days, but I have always taught my children to use this life experience to their advantage instead of letting these circumstance bring them down. I am so proud to see Gigi draw strength from having two great fathers in her life and being able to express that to both of them.
None of of us were born with money, so I am happy she was able to see our work ethic and determination to be successful and she will hopefully be able to apply that to her own life. Being acknowledged and appreciated by your child and stepchild is the greatest gift for all the hard work we put in as parents.
For 18 years we prepare our babies for a life on their own, but when the day comes it is still hard. Many tears are shed no matter how ready you think you are.
Anyway I am going to keep today short and sweet and leave with the beautiful sentiment of celebrating my first child going off to college.”
Yolanda also took to Twitter to respond to the backlash she received over GiGi having one little piece of cake at her party. “❤️This is why @GiGiHadid choose 2 have a small bite of her cake and I supported her by example #dedicated #committed,” she wrote, sharing a picture of GiGi in the new issue of Sports Illustrated.
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