“Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii.” I feel like that is the only appropriate way to start a story about Jill Zarin. The Real Housewives of New York alum will forever be etched on my brain with that greeting. Even after all these years. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Speaking of years, it’s been so long since Jill has graced our screens (full time). But that hasn’t stopped her from staying in the news. She seems pretty happy with life, especially after the loss of her true love and husband, Bobby Zarin. Jill found love again. She is even working with daughter, Ally Shapiro, to help those affected by coronavirus.
Now, Jill and Ally are opening up about their experience together on season 1 of RHONY, where Jill sent Ally off to a weight loss camp. As reported by Bravo’s The Daily Dish, Ally talked about the experience during a Q&A on her Instagram Stories, a fan asked, “Did you feel shamed by your mum trying to make you lose weight when you were a child?”
In the video, Jill jumped in to quickly respond, “I don’t think I tried to shame you, do you?” Ally was in agreement, adding, “That wasn’t really the point of the detox center but that is how it came across. I think everyone’s insecure, no matter what age you are.”
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Back then, Jill maintained the same mind-set. She told the New York Daily News, “This wasn’t about the weight. That was just a by-product. It’s about eating better. If you talk to people who do yoga and have a healthy life, they detox once a year. Allyson wanted to erase the blackboard, to detox her body and start over.”
Even so, Ally admitted to Glamour in 2012 that it might not have been the best idea. She said, “I don’t think we thought through the decision well enough. I’m a different person now than when I was fourteen years old.”
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These days, the mother/daughter duo remains as tight as ever. The two are currently selling and donating homemade face masks to benefit front line workers during the pandemic. And while Jill won’t be returning to housewives anytime soon, it’s nice to know she’s still in their orbit. Even if she isn’t exactly invited.
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