Kelly Killoren Bensimon‘s daughter Sea has started her second year of college and now her youngest daughter Teddy is off to college too, which leaves The Real Housewives of New York City alum (and new real estate agent) back at home with their dog, Fluffy.
“Empty nester vibes,” Kelly posted on Twitter. “First night without my kids at home…”
That’s a completely common parental sentiment, and it’s often accompanied by a river of tears and sad emotions, but since Kelly accompanied it with a photo of herself beaming in a bikini (click here to see), she seems to be rather okay with the new normal.
Kelly has been anticipating the empty nest for a while now. She told New York Post in February 2018 that “it’s off to the races” when it comes to her dating life once both her daughters are out of the house. She even teased her potential online dating profile: “I’m an empty nester and I’m ready to do almost anything!”
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Jill Zarin is expressing gratitude for the love and support she continues to receive from family and friends.
After Bobby Zarin passed away at 71 from a long battle with cancer, several members of the Real Housewives franchise have touched the family with their acts of kindness.
“Overwhelming love,” Jill shared with E! News exclusively when describing the outreach from her reality TV family. “Ramona Singer has been incredible. She texts me, she e-mails me, she showed up at the hospital early on. All the Housewives.”
The reality star continued, “I’ve gotten flowers from Vicki Gunvalson. I got an e-mail today from Melissa Gorga. Cynthia Bailey wanted to come [to the funeral]. Andy Cohen gave a shout out to Bobby [by] giving him the Mazel of the Week.”
Jill also expressed gratitude to many other friends including Wendy Williams for her “beautiful tribute” during “Hot Topics” earlier this week.
Another thing that left the Zarin family feeling grateful was the amount of people who showed up to remember Bobby at his funeral service Monday morning in New York. Patti Stanger, Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan, Danielle Staub, Bethenny Frankel and Kelly Bensimon were just some of the familiar faces who paid their respects.
“It was very surreal to walk in and have all these people around me,” Jill shared with E! News. “People who I haven’t seen in 20 years showed up. People flew in from as far as Ghana, Florida, California, Chicago, all over the place. They all dropped what they were doing and they came.”
The Real Housewives of New York City alum said goodbye to her husband, with whom she celebrated her 18th wedding anniversary on January 4, in the post, which also included several sweet photos of the couple through the years. “Rest In Peace my love. Words cannot express the hole in my heart. Bobby taught me what true and deep love is,” Jill wrote. “Thank you my love for sharing your life with me.. for raising [Jill’s daughter] Allyson as if she was your own, being an amazing father and grandfather and teaching me how to be a better person. You inspire those around you to be the best they can be. I will never forget you… your legacy lives on through your beautiful children and grandchildren.”
Bobby passed away at age 71 after a battle with cancer. He was first diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2009. Jill confirmed in November 2016 that Bobby’s cancer had returned. He was hospitalized in July 2017 due to complications from his illness. “I will continue to raise money and awareness for ITOG (International Thyroid Oncology Group) so maybe this won’t happen to the next guy who draws the proverbial short straw,” Jill also shared in her message. “I will continue to honor you and make you proud. You taught me so many lessons. I will turn the lights off when I leave a room and try not to lose my keys! Lists! Yes, I will make lists now that you can’t remind me.”
Jill ended her note by thanking all those who have given her and Bobby their love and support during this difficult time. “Thank you to all our friends, family and fans for the most incredible love you have shown our family. The messages bring tears to my eyes and will continue reading them all in the coming weeks,” she wrote. “I will continue my tribute in the coming days and weeks and if you want to share anything please leave messages. Tomorrow is the funeral so I will sleep now. Love Jill.”
Sometimes love is hard to find and that’s the case for former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Claudia Jordan.
Jordan, who appeared on the seventh season of RHOA, has turned to matchmaker Patti Stanger. Stanger currently acts as host and executive producer of WE TV’s Million Dollar Matchmaker, where we see her working her magic to find the perfect pairings.
In an exclusive clip, Jordan opens up to Stanger about her difficulty finding love and always attracting the wrong men. The former model and pageant winner reveals past trauma that’s keeping her stuck and with Stanger’s help confronts the man who is keeping her from moving on.
New York housewife Kelly Bensimon appears in the episode too, seeking Stanger’s help to get over her reality show reputation.
Real Housewives of New York stars Jill Zarin and Ramona Singer haven’t exactly seen eye-to-eye over the years, but they put their famous feud behind them now that Jill’s husband, Bobby Zarin, is in the hospital fighting for his life.
“It’s a whole new relationship for me,” Jill revealed to PEOPLE at her 5th Annual Luxury Luncheon in the Hamptons on Saturday, which raised money for the International Thyroid Oncology Group, which is researching cutting-edge treatments for advanced thyroid cancer.
“Ramona and I have gotten really close again,” she says. “We’re in a whole different place now. Boy, I never predicted that. I never thought that was coming, ever.”
Their once-tumultuous friendship made an 180-degree turn when Singer reached out to Jill as soon as she heard Bobby was hospitalized for complications in his fight against thyroid cancer — and told her that nothing from the past mattered now that he is so sick.
On Thursday, Jill revealed to PEOPLE exclusively that Bobby was recovering from a recent procedure at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City after his cancer took an unexpected turn last week. “We’re hoping for a miracle,” she said.
Kelly Bensimon hasn’t been on The Real Housewives of New York for a couple of years, but it sounds like she can’t escape the label that was placed on her during her time on the show. Bensimon filmed with Bethenny Frankel and things quickly escalated between them. Because Frankel is a bit more aggressive and outspoken, people quickly felt that something was wrong with Kelly. While her Real Housewives of New York co-stars said that she had suffered a mental breakdown while filming the show, Bensimon called it a “mental breakthrough” as she said she had been bullied on the show.
According to a new tweet, Kelly Bensimon can’t seem to escape the harsh comments from her Real Housewives of New York viewers. Some people still call Bensimon delusional from what happened on the show, so when Kelly started talking about the presidential election results and how people could move forward from Donald Trump winning, people quickly called her delusional and privileged.“All I can say is change starts at home. There is no crisis! Work on building strong communities. Its OUR country,” Kelly Bensimon revealed on Twitter, talking as if she’s sharing her opinion about the recent presidential election, to which one person replied, “You are privileged. Own it. Then use it to help those who feel it IS a crisis. Don’t minimize half the country’s feelings.”
But Kelly took great offense to that comment, as she didn’t see herself as privileged. Bensimon has been vocal about growing up in the midwest, as she said she grew up eating meat and potatoes while filming The Real Housewives of New York. Kelly Bensimon didn’t come from money, but she claims she’s self-made. So comments about her status these days is highly offensive.
“I’m from Rockford, Illinois. I worked really hard to get where I am. Please don’t tell me about the Midwest and middle class,” Kelly Bensimon replied to the person, sharing that she was born and raised in the midwest and she understands where Trump supporters are coming from, as she is from these states.
“I have the privilege of an incredible education, and a strong work ethic. Give me solutions to help others…,” Kelly Bensimon asked her Twitter followers, but sadly the tweet didn’t give her the answers she was looking for.
But some people feel that Kelly’s previous marriage to a famous and rich photographer and her luxurious life, which includes a Manhattan apartment and a Hamptons home, has influenced her position. One person even argued that Bensimon was completely out of touch with reality, especially out of touch with what these states really wanted in a leader.
“You’re out of touch because of your privilege you need to understand the actual needs and struggles people face,” one person wrote to Bensimon, who replied with, “Please don’t ever tell me I’m out of touch. You have no idea what I see/know. I don’t judge you, don’t judge me. Be the best version of YOU!”
Even though Kelly kept getting some harsh tweets from people, she tried to keep it cool, talking about how she was a single mother of two, trying to raise her daughters. Bensimon also talked about how she really wanted to help people and they just needed to tell her what she could help with.
“You can be nice and get attention, too. I’m not a real housewife. I’m a single mother raising kids in America. How can I help you?” Kelly Bensimon replied to various people who reached out to her, but sadly things took a turn for the worse. This morning, Kelly Bensimon tweeted out that she would only write about business-related things on social media, as people had simply been too mean to her, writing, “Tweeters. I had some very bad news. I will not be tweeting unless Its work oriented. I’m happy I was here for you during your time of fear.”
This weekend, former “Real Housewives” from around the country gathered at Jill and Bobby Zarin’s Southampton Estate for the annual Luxury Luncheon. The yearly event’s mission is to support The Eric Trump Foundation for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The housewives, who are generally known for their crazy antics on the television screen, came out to support a good cause, and had a “drama-free” day.
In attendance was Cynthia Bailey of Atlanta who got a couple of days off from filming the show to attend the event with her accessories line. Similarly, Kristen Taekman of New York made an appearance with her brand, Pop of Color. Other housewives who came out to show their support included Vicki Gunvalson of Orange County, California, Kathy Wakile from New Jersey and Kelly Bensimon, Cindy Barshop and Ramona Singer of New York.
This was the fourth year that the Zarins hosted the annual event that helps children who are suffering with cancer. Bobby Zarin is a two-time cancer survivor.
“We know what it’s like to have a beautiful life together which we’re so lucky to have but children are innocent, said Jill Zarin. “Anything I can do to raise money — I know I’m good at socializing, networking and introducing people.
She did just that in bringing together celebrities and brands to fundraise for the important cause.
Zarin also shared her thoughts about being in another reality TV show: “Never say never. People said I was fired, but the truth is Bobby said I was done. It was a great four years but we had enough.”
She was one of the controversial stars of The Real Housewives of New York before being unceremoniously fired in 2011 after four successful seasons.But these days, Alex McCord and her Australian husband Simon Van Kempen are living a much quieter life away from the spotlight, trading in the bright lights of the Big Apple for Byron Bay.During a rare public appearance on morning show Sunrise this week, the 42-year-old insisted she’s much happier away from the reality series, stating: ‘All the women who stayed on the show have lost their marriages and their family.’She boldly added: ‘Why would you ever give up your children and your husband for crazy women?’Alex, who was previously fixated on climbing the social ladder in New York and even once declared she didn’t ‘ever want to live in the suburbs’, now insists she’s content in a small town.‘We’re now five minutes from all of Simon’s family,’ she explained, adding that his siblings also relocated from around the globe to move back to where they grew up in recent years.‘I’m so happy we’re here,’ Alex says.Alex now lives worlds away from the bright lights of New York City in a stunning two-story rural home with a pool and picturesque views of the Australian countryside.She resides there with husband Simon and their two children, Francois and Johan.Simon said it’s been a ‘massive change’ for their sons, but he’s happy they are now surrounded by extended family.The former model is now studying psychology, while Simon runs his own law firm in Tweed Heads. (Alex says her experience on the show is good ‘fodder’ for her studies.)They recently celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary.
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Killoren Bensimon — whose two daughters, Sea Louise and Thaddeus Ann, are now in their teens — also confesses she didn’t have the support she wishes she could’ve had.
“My ex-husband had just left to go traveling, and I was with this child by myself,” she says. “I was so young and none of my friends had kids, and I just … I was petrified.”
She also adds that on top of the depression she felt after her first daughter’s birth, she was physically sick during her pregnancy, and that she tried a patch that doctors said would help balance out her hormones.
“That was the worst,” she says of her experience, adding, “Postpartum is really, really horrible.”