Gigi Hadid shares a warm hug with a shirtless David Beckham as she joins his family on their yacht

They have been family friends for years.

And Gigi Hadid received a warm welcome from David Beckham as she joined the former footballer and his family on board their chartered yacht in Saint-Tropez over the weekend.

The supermodel beamed as she went in for hugs from a shirtless David and his friends after arriving on the £1.6million a week yacht which David and his family have been staying on for the past week.

Good to see you! Gigi Hadid received a warm welcome from David Beckham as she joined the former footballer and his family on board their chartered yacht in Saint-Tropez

Dressed in a flowing cream dress and shades, Gigi flashed a big smile as she was welcomed by David and his friends.

The supermodel, 27, is believed to have grown close to the famous family as she is a childhood friend of Nicola Peltz, who married Brooklyn Beckham in April. 

The Beckhams and Hadids are said to have met through Brooklyn’s new wife Nicola – who famously dated Gigi’s younger brother Anwar for over a year before they split in May 2018. 

Nicola first met Brooklyn when she was dating Anwar, but they were just friends until October 2019 when they began a romantic relationship. 

David met Gigi’s sister Bella in 2018, with the pair getting along famously during a surprise encounter at a Paris Saint-Germain match. 

Hugs: The supermodel beamed as she went in for hugs from a shirtless David and his friends after arriving on the £1.6million a week yacht (David pictured right)

Hugs: The supermodel beamed as she went in for hugs from a shirtless David and his friends after arriving on the £1.6million a week yacht (David pictured right)

Happy to be here: Dressed in a flowing cream dress and shades, Gigi flashed a big smile as she was welcomed by David and his friends

Happy to be here: Dressed in a flowing cream dress and shades, Gigi flashed a big smile as she was welcomed by David and his friends

Victoria and David have been living it up on a superyacht which costs a huge £1.6million a week to charter, spending their holiday with their three youngest kids and a group of friends. 

The couple have not been joined by their eldest son and his new wife on the trip, amid rumours of tension between Victoria and Nicola.  

A source told The Daily Mail’s Alison Boshoff: ‘There seems to be some sort of a distance between the Beckham family and the Peltz clan, and Brooklyn and Nicola appear to be drawing away from the Beckhams. It’s probably only natural but they were very close to Brooklyn always.

Welcome aboard: David flashed a smile as he and his friend watched the model board the yacht from their sunbathing spot on the upper deck

Welcome aboard: David flashed a smile as he and his friend watched the model board the yacht from their sunbathing spot on the upper deck

‘The Beckhams would not be the first parents to find it challenging when their children marry and get absorbed into someone else’s family.’

A Beckham source, though, says talk of a schism is ‘silly’, and that David and Victoria are due to meet up with the newlyweds in America soon — and they all recently went out for dinner in Venice.

Yet still the rumours persist with the ill feeling, it is said, stemming from the wedding. 

Victoria hasn’t reacted to a number of pictures taken by Vogue on the day, shared by Nicola on Instagram in May, nor did she like pictures of Nicola and Brooklyn at the Met Gala in that month, too. 

Family friend: The supermodel, 27, is believed to have grown close to the famous family as she is a childhood friend of Nicola Peltz , who married Brooklyn Beckham in April

Family friend: The supermodel, 27, is believed to have grown close to the famous family as she is a childhood friend of Nicola Peltz , who married Brooklyn Beckham in April

Then there were four posts from her honeymoon with Brooklyn, spent on a yacht with her family in Italy — none of them liked by Victoria.

In turn, Nicola has also been strangely sparing in her likes on Victoria’s Instagram since the wedding, too. 

Complicated family relationships are all too familiar for Gigi – who shares daughter Khai, 22 months – with her ex-boyfriend Zayn Malik.

Last month, a source told Us Weekly that the Vogue cover girl and the former One Direction singer, 29, reportedly have a ‘loving and caring relationship despite being broken up.’

Firm friends: The Beckhams and Hadids are said to have met through Nicola - who famously dated Gigi's younger brother Anwar for over a year before they split in May 2018 (pictured in May)

Firm friends: The Beckhams and Hadids are said to have met through Nicola – who famously dated Gigi’s younger brother Anwar for over a year before they split in May 2018 (pictured in May) 

A source told the publication that the former couple ‘don’t hate each other’ and are ‘doing the best they can’ to make the coparenting of their adorable tot work.

The insider revealed that the exes – who called it quits in October 2021 – make an effort to ensure that Khai gets enough time with both parents.

‘They’re not living together, but Zayn visits Gigi and Khai at the farm in Pennsylvania a lot when they’re there. They like to spend time away from the city because it’s more safe, quiet, and exclusive.’

Pals: David met Gigi's sister Bella in 2018, with the pair getting along famously during a surprise encounter at a Paris Saint-Germain match

Pals: David met Gigi’s sister Bella in 2018, with the pair getting along famously during a surprise encounter at a Paris Saint-Germain match