Celebrities tend to stick together. Those in the midst of tabloid culture often cling to others of the same standing because they can empathize with each other’s experiences in the spotlight.
Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner are two of the most famous celebrity best friends, having grown close after becoming supermodels together. While both Kendall and Gigi have many friends in Hollywood (many of which they have in common), their friendship seems to stand
The supermodels have grown up leading similar lives; both were born in California to wealthy families. While Kendall is the younger sister of Kim Kardashian and the rest of the Kardashian clan, Gigi is the daughter of former supermodel and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Hadid.
But is there more to this relationship than just friendship? Could there also be some family ties between Gigi and Kendall? Keep reading to find out!
How Gigi Hadid And Kendall Jenner First Connected
Let’s go way back to the start of Gigi and Kendall’s relationship. According to Cheat Sheet, the two first connected, as most teenagers do, on social media. Kendall actually connected with Gigi’s younger sister Bella, and then got to know Gigi that way.
Born in November 1996, Kendall is less than a year younger than Gigi and less than a year older than Bella, and has remained friends with them both as the three girls have each carved out successful modeling careers for themselves.
Gigi Hadid And Kendall Jenner Are Leading Similar Lives
There are many similarities between Kendall and Gigi that have no doubt helped their friendship to flourish over the years.
While Gigi was born in Santa Barbara and then lived in Beverly Hills, Kendall was raised in nearby Calabasas. They both had parents and relatives in the spotlight, with Gigi’s mom Yolanda, a former supermodel, and Kendall’s dad, Caitlyn Jenner, an Olympic gold medallist.
Kendall was only 11 years old when her family started filming their reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which launched all of his members to stardom.
Both Kendall and Gigi pursued modelling careers and have worked together multiple times, often walking in the same shows and doing the same fashion campaigns together.
One of the things that fans might not know about their friendship is that they didn’t become really close until they started modelling together.
“Gigi and I just started getting close when we started modeling, but Bella and I were actually really good friends since high school, and hung out every day in high school before either of us started working,” Kendall explained.
“It’s just funny because a lot of people don’t know that Bella and I have been friends for like five or six years.”
So Close That They Wish They Were Related
The two supermodels aren’t shy about professing their bestie love for one another, often shouting each other out on social media. In 2015, Gigi told Vanity Fair that she and Kendall and best friends and “just want to be related.”
However, looking back at the family trees of both girls, it appears that there may really be a familial link between them.
Are Gigi Hadid And Kendall Jenner Related?
According to Grazia, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid may actually be (very loosely) related. Gigi is the daughter of Yolanda and Mohamed Hadid. In 2011, Yolanda married David Foster, who was married to Linda Thompson between 1991 and 2005. So how does that make her related to Kendall?
Linda Thompson was married to Caitlyn Jenner, Kendall’s father. The two divorced in 1986, before Kendall was born. To make matters more complicated, Yolanda Hadid divorced David Foster in 2017.
Due to the Linda Thompson link, Gigi and Kendall are kind of sort of ex-ex step siblings. We can see why it’s easier to call themselves best friends!
Gigi Hadid And Kendall Jenner’s Relationship Today
Life can sometimes get in the way of friendship and lead people to different paths from those that their friends are on. While Gigi and Kendall are both successful models, Gigi also became a mom in September 2020 to Khai, whom she shares with Zayn Malik.
Still, Gigi and Kendall’s friendship appears to be going stronger than ever.
In September 2021, Kendall and Gigi both made appearances at the Met Gala, posing together with actress Sharon Stone. They were also seen holding hands on the steps of the famous Metropolitan Museum that night.
Gigi Hadid And Kendall Jenner’s Friends In Common
Kendall and Gigi have referred to each other as best friends, but they also have a group of other mutual friends. Their famous friends in common include Hailey Bieber and Cara Delevingne, and of course, Gigi’s sister Bella.
Both girls have also shared a friendship with Taylor Swift in the past, despite Kendall’s sister Kim Kardashian having a minor feud with Taylor a few years back.