RHONY alum Jill Zarin opens up about new boyfriend after husband's death

Jill Zarin has confirmed that she's back in the dating game after losing her husband, Bobby, earlier this year.

In an Us Weekly exclusive, published on Monday, July 9, 2018, the former Real Housewives of New York City star opened up about her new boyfriend, Gary Brody. "Gary very much respects the grieving process I am going through and has been an incredible friend to talk to," the 54-year-old told the magazine. "He only wants the best for me and my daughter [Ally]."

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Bobby Zarin passed away on Jan. 13, 2018, following a long battle with cancer. He was 71 years old. At the time, the Zarin family shared a statement, writing, "There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are."

Reports that Jill had a new man in her life first broke over the weekend. However, she was quick to comment on her relationship status after social media users and media outlets alike criticized her for apparently moving on too fast. 

"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," Jill released in a statement to People, noting that she planned on taking things slow. Explaining that she and Brody were "friends first," she added that things between them were "still evolving." The reality TV star continued, "I just started accepting a few dinner dates after much thought and support from my close friends and family. I felt Bobby would want me to start to live again."

In the months since her late husband's death, Jill has kept her supportive fans up to date on how she's been doing while mourning the loss. A day after his passing, she posted a series of photos of the two together on social media. In a lengthy caption, she wrote in part, "Rest In Peace my love. Words can not express the hole in my heart. Bobby taught me what true and deep love is." 

A month later, the television personality revealed to Us Weekly that she'd been coping with the help of a medium. "Some days are good, some days I cry," Jill said at the time. "It will get better over time."