Tragedy struck the van den Herik family when Yolanda Hadid’s father died suddenly in a car accident when she was just 7 years old, leaving her mother Ans van den Herik to raise her and her brother, Leo van den Herik. It was then that young Yolanda made a decision; be strong and provide for her devastated family. “I remember so vividly that winter day of the funeral when my feet dangled nervously from the church pew as I looked at my devastated mother, brother and family,” Yolanda wrote in her website of the tragedy that changed his life forever. “In my little mind, I was telling myself not to cry and to be strong. I truly believe that at that particular moment, an inexplicable power came over me when I consciously decided that I was going to be the provider for our family.”
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” alumni also touched on the new purpose they felt during a 2018 appearance on “Larry King Now” where she admitted to losing her father without warning, “It changed me forever. I remember sitting in my small town church and looking to the side and seeing my mother and brother, my family, all crying. At that moment , I made the decision, like, ‘Okay, I’m the one who has to be tough and strong to take care of all of them.
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