“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Yolanda Foster filed for divorce three years after her Lyme disease diagnosis, but her ex-husband, musician David Foster, believes she’s exaggerating her illness for attention.
“David and his family think Yolanda just loves the attention of being sick,” a friend told Us Dec. 17. “They believe she’s exaggerating her condition. And they point out that she’s never gotten a legit diagnosis or a second or third opinion.”
Yolanda, 51, married David, 66, in 2011. She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2012 and has chronicled her illness on the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” While Yolanda clearly looks sick on “RHOBH,” even her co-stars have questioned the seriousness of her illness.
Several “RHOBH” stars have speculated that Yolanda may be faking the extent of her Lyme disease for attention, and David has had similar doubts.
He didn’t understand why Yolanda wouldn’t leave the ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ if she’s in so much pain and so tired. He’s famous and private and rich, so it was frustrating Yolanda wanted to do this show so badly.”
David has reportedly spent over $5 million trying to treat Yolanda’s Lyme disease, which included traveling around the world for alternative treatments, including a stem cell transplant. Lyme disease is a tick-borne bacterial infection whose symptoms include neurological problems, joint pain, flu-like symptoms and chronic fatigue.
Yolanda revealed on previous episodes of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” that she was bedridden for 18 months after being diagnosed with the bacterial infection.
I spend most of my days in bed. I’ve been in bed for exactly a year.”
Yolanda’s friends say the Dutch former model is extremely sick but wants to star on “RHOBH” to bring attention to Lyme disease. “The sickness is very real and not fake,” said a friend of Yolanda’s. “She’s being brave, and she’s a fighter. She did this season only to promote awareness of the disease.”
Meanwhile, tabloids have claimed that Yolanda was desperate to star on the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” to promote the modeling careers of her daughters Gigi and Bella Hadid. Indeed, Yolanda’s reality TV fame has skyrocketed Gigi into supermodel status.
Gigi has appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and recently walked in the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Yolanda recently revealed her daughter Bella and her son Anwar Hadid also have Lyme disease.