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Get to Know Kelly Bensimon - Former "RHONY" Star and Ex-Wife of Gilles Bensimon

Published Tue Feb 04 2020 By DGM
Get to Know Kelly Bensimon - Former "RHONY" Star and Ex-Wife of Gilles Bensimon

Kelly Jean Killoren Bensimon, also known shortly as Kelly Bensimon, is a famous American author, socialite, and former model. She is widely recognized for appearing from second to the fourth season of the hit Bravo television series 'The Real Housewives of New York City'.

Bensimon was born on the 1st of May, 1968, in Rockford, Illinois of the United States. Here are some facts about her:

What's her Net Worth?

Kelly holds an estimated net worth of $20 million which she managed to amass from her wonderful career as a model, author, and television personality.

Ex-Husband - Gilles Bensimon

The 'A Dangerous Age' author Kelly Bensimon was previously married to French fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon. The two walked down the aisle back in 1997 and splitted a decade later, in 2007. Though the couple had an age difference of 24 years, they were deeply in love with each other and had two kids from their marriage. However, as they failed to take their marriage to eternity, they divorced and parted ways for good.

Mother of Two

As we mentioned earlier, the Illinois native has two beautiful kids from her marriage with ex-husband Gilles. She has two daughters namely Sea Louise Bensimon and Thadeus Ann Bensimon from which Sea is the firstborn (born 1998) whereas the latter is the younger one (born 2000). After the split of parents, the daughters lived with their mother and were raised by her.

A picture of Kelly Bensimon with her daughters.
Kelly Bensimon with her daughters.
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Suffers From Psoriasis

Kelly has been battling Psoriasis, an immune-mediated disease her entire life. The disease causes red, raised, and scaly patches on elbow, scalps or knees also causing itchiness, burns, and stings on the body parts where they appear. She has been living with the disease since her childhood and has faced a lot of difficulties because of it.

Former Editor at Elle Accessories

Kelly Bensimon previously used to work at Elle accessories as the editor of the magazine's shopping blog. She started working for the French based brand after she left 'Real Housewives of New York City'. Before getting in the fashion company, she already worked for it as a model while she was beginning her career. 

Was Arrested For Domestic Violence

It was back in March 5 of 2009 when the mother of two was arrested after she was alleged of domestic violence and assaulting on her ex-boyfriend, Nick Stefanov. He (her former boyfriend) claimed that he got punched in the face by her during an argument.

A picture of Kelly Bensimon with her ex-boyfriend, Nick who alleged her of domestic violence.
Kelly Bensimon with her ex-boyfriend, Nick who alleged her of domestic violence.
Image Source: Getty Images

After Killoren Bensimon was released from custody, on June 8, she requested the State of New York to clean her criminal record. For this, she had to do two days of community service and was also ordered to stay out of trouble for a year. In this way, she was able to wipe out her criminal history.

Dropped Her Former Husband's Name

Back in August, 2017, Kelly opened up in a video saying she went back to her maiden surname (her original surname before marriage). She stated that she went to being Kelly Killoren dropping her estranged husband's name. Though she dropped her ex-husband's name and used her previous name, most of us still know her more as Kelly Bensimon.

Alma Mater

The 'Innocence' star completed her school level graduation from Keith Country Day School located in Rockford, Illionois. After that, she went to Trinity College for her college level education but dropped out a year later. She then studied at Columbia University's School of General Studies grabbing a degree in writing and literature. Moreover, in 2015, she also completed and MBA on International Marketing from Northeastern University.

Physical Specifications

Killoren stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches (1.77 meter) and weighs about 137 lbs (62 kg). She has natural light brown hair and a pair of hazel eyes.

A picture of Kelly Bensimon.
Kelly Bensimon is a gorgeous television star.
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Social Media Presence

Kelly Bensimon has account on Instagram and Twitter and has a lot of followers on the platforms. She is very often active on her Instagram account where she has about 218.4K followers but hasn't posted anything on her Twitter account yet.

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