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Jill Zarin 2017

 

Jill Zarin is slowly moving on after Bobby Zarin’s death from thyroid cancer in January, but she still plans to honor his memory with her annual Hamptons soirée.

This is a summer of big changes for Jill. Most notably the former Real Housewives Of New York star reportedly has a new boyfriend, Gary Brody. Six months after Bobby’s passing isn’t very long but apparently Jill and Gary connected over Jill’s other love: tennis!

Jill has quietly been dating Gary for about a month and although it’s not serious – yet – they have been enjoying each other’s company. A source tells Page Six that they’re “old friends” and Aly “loves him.” Adds the source, “She is very happy.”

Jill herself confirms that she and Gary, who recently attended Wimbledon together, are testing the romantic waters, but Bobby is still in the forefront of her mind. “Gary very much respects the grieving process I am going through and has been an incredible friend to talk to. He only wants the best for me and my daughter,” she shared with Us Weekly.

Heather McDonald, a close friend of Jill’s, has met Gary and approves. At that time he and Jill were just friends, but Heather sensed there should be something more! “I thought he was so funny and really delightful,” she explains.

Heather confirms, “It has been a platonic friendship for a long time. I didn’t witness anything romantic back in March. If something is brewing now I think that’s appropriate. It’s nice to know she’s having fun.” Heather adds that Jill still has “a lot of sadness” over Bobby’s passing. Indeed Jill is intent to continue honoring Bobby’s life by turning her annual Camp Zarin Hamptons event into a charity luncheon to raise money for thyroid-cancer research.

The celeb-studded luncheon will also feature several Real Housewives past and present including Ramona Singer who will co-host a lunch with Jill at Town Tennis. Jill bills the event as “an afternoon of luxury and giving back,” including a beauty bar and raffle of goods worth over $30,000.

Jill informs Page Six that Bobby loved their annual Hamptons charity event and wanted her to continue. “It’s so hard to do this without him, but it’s what he’d want me to do,” she muses. “Thankfully, there is never any drama at my party because everyone is here for a good cause.”

You can learn more about the event at www.jillzarin.com where tickets are also available for purchase.

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