Brandi Glanville Says Kelly Bensimon Lied About Her Divorce Settlement 


Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum Brandi Glanville is calling out fellow Real Housewives alum Kelly Bensimon for lying about her divorce settlement and having to financially support her daughters, Teddy, 24, and Sea,26, as a single mom. 

According to Brandi Glanville ,former Real Housewives of New York star Kelly Bensimon is lying about being left with “nothing” following her divorce from Gilles Bensimon, the famous fashion photographer, and being forced to financially support her daughters all on her own. 

The former Bravo star discussed Kelly’s alleged lies on her podcast, Brandi Glanville Unfiltered, with guest and RHONY alum Kristen Taekman

RHONY Legacy stars Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, Kelly Bensimon, Kristen Taekman, Dorinda Medley having fun in St. Barts
RHONY Legacy stars Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, Kelly Bensimon, Kristen Taekman, Dorinda Medley get silly in St. Barts

Kristen never appeared on the Real Housewives of New York at the same time as Kelly but the two recently starred on Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: RHONY Legacy alongside each other. 

As OG RHONY fans may remember, Kelly starred on the New York installment of Real Housewives from season 2 to season 4. Kristen, on the other hand, starred on seasons 6 and 7 of RHONY.

On Brandi’s podcast, Kristen discussed Kelly’s claims that she had to put everything into her career as a realtor in order to support her daughters while they were growing up. 

However, Brandi took issue with Kelly’s claim that she received zero financial support from her famous and wealthy ex-husband., who has a reported net worth of $20-30 million. 

“She claims that she didn’t get anything from her ex-husband,” Brandi said. “I’m sorry, but that’s just not true…”

“If someone gives you a $12 million house in the Hamptons you’ve got something and I promise you, she didn’t get nothing. It’s just impossible.” 

Kelly Bensimon's former Hamptons home, previously featured on RHONY.
Kelly Bensimon’s former Hamptons home, previously featured on RHONY.

She continued, “You saw her house in the promos. The way she lives, the kids. The whole I came from nothing and I built everything on my own, it’s just there’s no way – he was so rich – that she got nothing.” 

Kristen then asked Brandi if she thinks the 79-year-old fashion photographer is wealthy, Brandi quipped, “Yes. I do. Gilles Bensimon? 100 percent. He was a huge fashion photographer. He shot every cover of ELLE.” 

“I’m sorry, she got stuff. Trust me, she didn’t get what I got which was s–t,” Brandi ranted. 

Kelly and Gilles tied the knot in 1997 but divorced ten years later. During their marriage the two welcomed two daughters together – Teddy and Sea. 

After their split, Kelly kept her and Gilles five bedroom mansion in East Hampton as part of their divorce settlement. In 2012, she sold the property for $5.76M, which was less than half the asking price. 

Meanwhile, Kelly and her daughters lived in a sprawling New York City apartment at 24 Centre St in Little Italy, Manhattan. Kelly lived in the home for 30 years before renting it out for $28,500 a month. 

The 55-year-old former model has since moved on with financier Scott Litner. The two announced their engagement in July 2023.

Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: RHONY Legacy is currently available on Peacock.

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