Jill Zarin is currently dating Gary Brody but according to the former Real Housewives of New York City star, she and the clothing executive haven’t been an item since her late husband Bobby Zarin‘s passing in January.
Following a number of rumors suggesting Jill and Gary have been together since Bobby died, she’s insisting to her fans and followers that she and Gary are taking things slow.
“I don’t typically comment on tabloid stories but I felt it was important to set the record straight and let you all know I haven’t been dating anyone for six months,” she said in a statement to People on July 7.
“I just started accepting a few dinner dates after much thought and support from my close friends and family,” she continued. “I felt Bobby would want me to start to live again.”
According to Jill, she and Gary were “friends first and still are. It’s still evolving.”
She then added that she and Gary “have a lot in common and enjoy each other’s company.” As some may have noticed, both Jill and her new boyfriend are both tennis fanatics and frequently share photos of themselves playing the sport.
“I am taking things very slow as I continue to heal. Thank you all for your love and support,” she added. “It means the world to me.”
As Jill and Gary continue to date, the former reality star is determined to keep the legacy of her late husband alive and later this month, she’s be hosting her sixth annual luxury luncheon in The Hamptons to raise money and awareness for thyroid cancer research.
The event will be dedicated to Bobby, who died after a years-long battle with thyroid cancer on January 13.
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