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Bella Hadid calls niece Khai her 'forever best friend' on her 1st birthday

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Bella Hadid calls niece Khai her 'forever best friend' on her 1st birthday
Bella Hadid (R), pictured with Gigi Hadid, shared rare photos of Gigi's daughter, Khai, on the toddler's birthday. File Photo by Serena Xu-Ning/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Bella Hadid is celebrating her niece and "forever best friend" Khai Malik's birthday.

The 24-year-old model marked the occasion Sunday by posting a tribute to Khai, the daughter of her sister, Gigi Hadid, and Zayn Malik, on Instagram.

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Hadid shared a slideshow of photos of herself and Gigi Hadid with Khai. The rare photos either obscured Khai's face or blocked it out with emojis.

"Happy Birthday to the greatest gift our family has ever been blessed with.... I didn't know my heart could grow this big!!!! You make me smile when I'm sad and make me cry of happiness just because ur alive," Hadid captioned the post. "I can't wait to watch you grow into the most perfect specimen of all @gigihadid @zayn thank you for my forever best friend."

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Hadid's mom, Yolanda Hadid, also posted photos of Khai on her own account.

"Happy first birthday to our Angel Khai.... No words can express how much love and joy you have brought into our lives in just one year..." Yolanda wrote.

"I had to grow a whole other heart to absorb it all, you are such a magical little being that brings us smiles and blessings everyday. Thank you to your incredible mamma @gigihadid and bubba @zayn for the greatest gift of life!! #Khai," she said.

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Gigi gave birth to Khai in September 2020. She discussed the experience in the March issue of Vogue, saying she was an "animal woman" during labor.

Gigi has been protective of her daughter's privacy and wrote an open letter in July asking paparazzi, press and fan accounts to "blur" Khai's face in published photos.

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