Bigg Boss OTT 2: Jad Hadid opens up about childhood abandonment and reuniting with her mother
In the second season of Bigg Boss OTT, Lebanese-origin model Jad Hadid captivated viewers with a candid conversation about his life. During a recent episode, Jad shared the story of his tumultuous childhood, recounting how his parents left him on their neighbor’s doorstep and how he was raised by them. Seated alongside Pooja Bhatt and Cyrus Broacha, Jad’s candid revelations struck a chord with his fellow contestants.
In this episode, Cyrus asked about Jad’s story of survival and the circumstances surrounding his parents’ decision to abandon him. Reflecting on his past, Jad revealed the painful truth about his parents’ actions. “When my father returned from spending time with my mother, who was pregnant with me at the time, he took my documents to the town hall. My mother insisted on baptizing me, so she left and traveled to different locations. Unfortunately, when I was born, he was not present, and my mother went ahead with the baptism and gave me the name Jad, a non-religious name. She thought she would never come back, especially since there was no means of communication in 1984. But she came back, discovered my baptismal papers, tore up my mother’s papers, divorced her, packed her bags and left , all in one day. “
Jad continued to recount his childhood, saying, “A few days later, my mother, thinking my father would eventually return, packed her things and left me with our neighbors. He told them he was going to the supermarket. I stayed in that room for a week, surviving on leftovers from a nearby restaurant, where they would dump the leftovers at the end of the day. One day, a neighbor who owned a library saw me and was shocked that my mother had left me behind. He took my hand and knocked on the door, but no one answered. It turned out that my father had sold the house in a matter of hours.”
When Pooja asked about his reunion with his mother, Jad fondly recalled the meeting that took place 17 years later. “I searched tirelessly for it. The meeting was incredibly dramatic. When I revealed my identity to her, she collapsed. I showed him all the papers, but because of the hard life, he couldn’t read anymore. After a few years of reuniting, she died. I never wanted to apologize; she had already said sorry. She thought I was with my dad all this time and didn’t know I was alone. In her mind, my father had returned and taken me with him. She chose not to confront him, keeping that faith.”
Cyrus then asked about Jad’s father, to whom he sadly told that his father died a decade ago and he never tried to find him. Touched by Jad’s story, Pooja Bhatt rose from her seat and hugged him, praising his resilience throughout his journey.