The Real Housewives of New YorkÂ alumÂ Kelly BensimonÂ recently hosted the launch ofÂ Original Scent, the new luxury scent bar in Pasadena. The reality TV star, 44, raves about the new â€śboutique where you can make your own personal fragrance.â€ť
Kelly opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her daughters â€”Â Sea, 14, andÂ Thadeus, 12 â€” who areÂ her â€śgreatest luxury.â€ť She goes on to talk about the difficulties of single motherhood and her greatest regret from appearing on RHONY, saying the show did not accurately portray her life.
CBS: Do you miss being onÂ TheÂ Real Housewives of New York?
KB: â€śI miss all the entertainment. It was definitely very fun to be surrounded by all these women that I never met before and learn how they navigate New York life. That was obviously very interesting because it is so out of my comfort zone. Itâ€™s not what I am used to in New York. It was really exciting to be a part of thatâ€¦to be a voyeur into another aspect of New York culture.â€ť
CBS: Would you be interested in doing another reality TV show likeÂ Real Housewives?
KB: â€śI would definitely be interested in doing another reality TV show, but I wouldnâ€™t want to do a reality TV show with a mixed cast like that unless it could be a new kind of genre, called â€śsoft-scripted.â€ť The nice thing about soft-scripted shows versus reality TV shows is that soft scripted shows allow the participants to kind of know what is going on versus just being on the show like I was withÂ Housewives. You walk into a room and people are just like, â€śOh I hate you!â€ť and youâ€™re like, â€śI have no idea why.â€ť
Soft-scripted shows give you more boundaries so you kind of know how to navigate them. Itâ€™s also more real to the viewer and I think itâ€™s more interesting. I would definitely do a soft-scripted show, but I would not do something that is â€śreality,â€ť because that is not fair to the viewer. As a writer and as a mother, I donâ€™t want to present myself in that way.â€ť
CBS: Tell us about your daughters. How old are they and what do they like to do for fun?
KB: â€śMy two daughters are twelve and fourteen-years-old. My youngest, Thadeus, is an amazing pianist. She also loves to buy as much make-up as she possibly can [laughs]. My oldest daughter Sea is fourteen-years-old and she loves to play basketball and read. She is more active and sheâ€™s a great tennis player. She is having fun being a teenager.â€ť
CBS: How do you balance your busy career and family life?
KB: â€śI donâ€™t. I donâ€™t balance my busy career and family life [laughs]. I am always hanging on by the seat of my pants. Right now I am writing an article that was due an hour ago and trying to be the best parent I can be.
I am a single parent and itâ€™s not easy. For anyone who is a single parent, it is nothing to be flippant about. It is really, really difficult. I have to work as well, and itâ€™s something that Iâ€™ve always done. Iâ€™ve always worked and Iâ€™ve always been a single parent. This is my life and itâ€™s how I am trying to raise my kids. I want them to have really great values. I donâ€™t want to be that parent thatâ€™s like, â€śI work so much that I kind of spoil them.â€ť I am trying to give my kids those Midwestern values that I find very important.
Itâ€™s not easy. Itâ€™s just not easy. One regret that I have fromÂ HousewivesÂ is that they didnâ€™t show how I navigate through New York being a single parent. That is one thing that I really regretted. They didnâ€™t show how difficult it is for me or show how much I respect being a single parent and how much I love my kids. I regret that. They didnâ€™t show that at all. They were just like, â€śOh, youâ€™re supposed to be rich and famousâ€ť and I was like, â€śIâ€™m not rich, Iâ€™m not famous. I donâ€™t know what youâ€™re talking about [laughs].â€ť
CBS: What do you have planned for Motherâ€™s Day? What does Motherâ€™s Day mean to you?
KB: â€śOh my gosh, what do I have planned for Motherâ€™s Dayâ€¦I just love Motherâ€™s Day because I love to be with my kids. Last year I had brunch with my kids and my best friend who is also my hairdresser.
I love Motherâ€™s Day because it is an opportunity for me to be with my kids and not have to parent them. Iâ€™m like, â€śItâ€™s Motherâ€™s Day, so I donâ€™t have to parent you and itâ€™s all about fun!â€ť Itâ€™s actually a day where I get to celebrate being their mother. Thatâ€™s really exciting for me.
For me, I have two kids and Iâ€™m a single parent. Therefore, Motherâ€™s Day is an opportunity for me to tell my kids, â€śItâ€™s a day for us to celebrate being together.â€ť Instead of celebrating me, I want to celebrate them. They are the greatest luxury that I could ever even imagine having. I canâ€™t believe that I am the mother of two gorgeous girls. Itâ€™s something that I respect a lot and I want to celebrate it with them. Itâ€™s not about me; it is about us.â€ť
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