It seems hell might have frozen over as the NYDailyNews is reporting that Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon have become fast BFFs.
The stars of the Real Housewives of New York City have reportedly gotten closer especially since Jill’s falling out with Bethenny Frankel over the summer. “Now that Bethenny is out of the picture, Jill is definitely on team Kelly,” one source insists.
The NYDailyNews also states that Kelly is determined to change her image, as she was not happy with her portrayal on the show’s previous season. “She was mortified when that show aired last year,” a source close to the former model dishes. “She is really trying to look better in front of the cameras this season.”
So what is Kelly doing to improve her image? Well for starters, she showed on time to the Halloween bash she hosted in N.Y.C. on Saturday night. She even gave up her VIP table to hang out in the crowd. “She was dancing and saying hi to everyone,” another partygoer said. “A lot of people were kind of shocked at how nice she was being.”
Also in attendance of her Halloween bash was Jill. It is also said that Bethenny has become close friends with Ramona Singer, and Alex McCord. This should all make for a very interesting third season.
Though she and the other NY housewives found out about Bethenny’s pregnancy through the press, she says she wishes Bethenny nothing but good wishes.
“She’ll be a good mom,” Ramona, 52, told US at the Animal Fair magazine Halloween Pet Costume party in New York City. ” I think it will teach her about being more giving, more loving, and about opening up her heart.” Leave it to Ramona to give someone a nice backhanded well wish.
Ramona believes Bethenny and her fiance, Jason Hoppy, who works in real estate, will make great parents and have a lasting marriage.
“[Bethenny and Jason] remind me a little bit of my husband, Mario, and I because I’m very independent, I speak my mind, I have my good sides and bad sides,” Ramona says. “My husband just loves me for me and gets amused by everything about me. I think the same thing [is true] with Jason and Bethenny. Jason’s lovely.”
Star: Will you and Bethenny Frankel be friends when Housewives returns? Kelly: I just want to be a good role model for my girls. Seeing me fight with Bethenny was good for my children because they need to learn about conflict and resolution, which is why I went to Bethenny’s event. I wanted to be the bigger person.
Star: So what qualities does Mr. Right need to have? Kelly: He has to be like James Bond, full of adventure. I want someone who is going to explore and be athletic or just go to a dive bar, drink beer and eat chicken wings.
Star: Why did you pose for Playboy? Kelly: It’s the ultimate compliment and every woman’s dream. You get to be a sex symbol and work with top people in the business. It’s such an honor.
The Real Housewives of New York Citystar had hoped to wait until she was further along to break the news, but a Monday report by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, has forced Bethenny, 38, to admit she is 2 months pregnant.
“It’s premature to be telling people this,” she tells PEOPLE while fighting back tears. Bethenny had hoped to keep her pregnancy a secret a bit longer and is not too pleased that her fiance Jason Hoppy‘s parents had to find out about it through the media.
“It’s not like, ‘Did I Get Botox?’ It’s not the way I wanted it to get out,” she says. “I haven’t even gone through my first trimester. We haven’t even heard the heartbeat. My [fiancé's] parents didn’t even know.”
She and Jason are however “both so excited,” says Bethenny. Still, she adds that because the pregnancy is early and due to her age, “I am praying everything is okay but I don’t know that yet.”
And since this is Bethenny, she had to add a little humor to the situation. “I got to be honest, we are both feeling kind of proud of ourselves. We are both 38 and we were like, ‘Listen, your fish can swim and I am fertile.’ So that’s exciting.”
Bethenny says she and Jason plan on tying the knot before the baby arrives.
Congrats to Bethenny. She looks rather happy lately. I do feel bad that she is forced to confirm her 2 months pregnancy due to the media, which includes us. Our blog is however a bit different because we don’t break the news, we simply report on what is out there. Unfortunately once Perez Hilton, whose blog reaches millions a day, broke the story, it was already out there and we sort of have to report about it. Not sure if Perez knew she was only 2 months along, highly doubt it would have changed his perspective on breaking the story though.
Tell Us – Did Perez Hilton/The Media Go Too Far In Breaking the News of Bethenny’s Early Pregnancy?
“It feels great, because I’m with the right person,” says Bethenny. “He’s may be regretting it because it’s been beyond a week and he’s in panic mode – [but] no, we’re enjoying it.
Jason’s proposal caught Bethenny off guard. Bethenny returned home after shooting Housewives and promoting her Skinny Girl Magaritas to find over a hundred lit votive candles and rose petals across the hallway of her apartment. Jason dressed up Bethenny’s pooch Cookie in a pink bow. He then got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
Bethenny’s ring is an 8-carat sparkler with a 6 ½-carat pear-shaped center stone flanked by two side stones from Manhattan jeweler Kristin Farrell.
Bethenny jokes, “I made him pick them up. This was the first thing we had to resolve.”
The couple who first met in December 2008 at the Tenjune nightclub have yet to set a wedding date.
A PICTURE OF BETHENNY’S ENGAGEMENT RING IS BELOW —
Sonja is on the right in the above photo, and is described as a New York socialite who has traveled the globe. Her social circle includes European royalty and top-notch designers. In addition to modeling in Paris and Milan, Sonja worked for multiple restaurants as a consultant and manager. The single mother of one loves art, decorating, gardening, skiing and doesn’t miss an opportunity to visit France whether it’s for charity or pleasure.
Jennifer is described as a business woman who owns an event planning company called “Save the Date”. In addition, she co-owns the baby carrier company Portamee. She earned the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year award at the age of 29. The mother of three has been married to her husband for seven years.
Veteran cast mates: Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Bethenny Frankel, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Alex McCord, Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin will return in season three which airs in 2010.
Despite the 2 new additions, it has been confirmed that Bethenny will appear on the show for the entire 3rd season.