In an exclusive interview, “Extra’s” AJ Calloway spoke to former "Real Housewives of New York" cast member Jill Zarin, the first time she’s returned to her signature NY store, Zarin Fabrics, since the passing of her husband Bobby on January 13 from cancer.
She talked to AJ about her life today and the status of her relationship with some of her former cast members.
On returning to her store: “It was very surreal coming into Zarin Fabrics today. It’s the first time I've been back since Bobby died. I didn't expect to be emotional when I walked in the door. He would have been 72 two weeks ago... it's surreal. But he's here.”
Does she still have a relationship with Bobby’s family? “People want to know, I still have a relationship with Bobby's family. I love his kids, I love his family. I promised him I would take care, especially his daughter, Jennifer.”
Was she surprised her “frenemy” Bethenny Frankel attended Bobby’s funeral? “I didn't expect her there. I hoped she'd come. In a sad way, Bobby would have liked to have seen us make up. But I think that his death, in a weird way, he knew that would bring us back somehow together. At least to make peace with each other, which was great.”
How did she react when she saw her at Bobby’s funeral? "We embraced. She was crying and she said she didn't expect to cry, but the service was too overwhelming for her."
Did she know "The Real Housewives of New York" production would be filming outside her husband’s funeral? “The show had asked me if they could cover it in some way, because they wanted to make a memorial for Bobby during the season… I said, ‘If that's what you want to do, I would be honored.’”
Would she ever return to "The Real Housewives of New York"? “They haven't asked me, so I can't answer the question.”