The Betty Interview: Kelly Killoren Bensimon
The outspoken star of Real Housewives of New York City, Kelly Killoren Bensimon talks to BettyConfidential about her fellow cast members, why she’s dying to be on The Bachelorette, and the reasons she’s crushing on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
If former model-turned-author-turned jewelry designer Kelly Killoren Bensimon were to compare her first season of Real Housewives of New York City to high school, she’d say she walked in as the new kid on the block and was immediately targeted by mean girls. “Let’s be honest, I had no idea who they were,” says Kelly, a mother of two who splits her time between Manhattan and the Hamptons. “I hadn’t seen the show before I signed on, and it’s not like I Googled them to get their back story. So I walked in thinking we were all there to have fun and we’d all get along. When they started attacking me, I was shocked and just froze. A lot of people took that as me being snotty and that’s how the backlash towards me got started.” (Fellow Housewife Bethenny might disagree!)
The raspy-voiced 40-year-old chalks up a lot of the much-hyped blowups on the show to being thrown in with complete strangers with very different personalities. “It was 30 minutes at this event, 45 minutes at this party,” says Kelly. “I really didn’t get to know much about any of them until the reunion special. That’s when I got to hear them talk about the things they’re passionate about, and really got a sense of who they are. Would I call them my friends? No. But I think they’re all smart, successful women and I respect them.”