Jill Zarin Dating 6 Months After Her Husband's Death Has Critics Sounding Off

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The loss of a loved one is a tough pill for anyone to swallow. Many will navigate their new realities as they see fit -- including widows who might make the decision to find love sooner than later. Jill Zarin is reportedly dating again after her beloved husband Bobby passed away in January. And as you can imagine, this former Real Housewives of New York City star's choice is turning lots of heads -- with a number of critics blasting her for moving on too quickly.

  • E! News is exclusively reporting Jill is seeing her longtime friend, Gary Brody.

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    "She is very happy. They are old friends and [her daughter] Ally loves him," an unnamed source told the publication about Jill's new romance.

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  • News of their relationship comes months after her husband Bobby passed after a long battle with cancer.

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    Prior to his January 13 passing, Jill and Bobby celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on January 4.

  • And numerous people are giving her the side-eye.

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    Seriously, you'd think this was a major celebrity scandal.

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  • A number of folks think it's way too "fast" for Jill to be on the dating scene again.

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    People are definitely sounding off with comments about this.

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  • And are calling her "shallow" for it.

    (Oof.)

  • Others are questioning the timing of Jill and Gary and wonder if she was seeing him while Bobby was still alive.

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  • Jill has since addressed rumors she's dating and isn't holding back.

    "I don't typically comment on tabloid stories but I felt it was important to set the record straight and let you all know I haven’t been dating anyone for six months," she clarified in a statement to People about her dating life. "I just started accepting a few dinner dates after much thought and support from my close friends and family. I felt Bobby would want me to start to live again."

    As for things with a certain male friend, a source tell Us Weekly Jill's friend Gary is "not her boyfriend, and the situation is evolving." The source adds: "They've played tennis as friends for a long time but have been casually hanging out for a few months." Jill also spoke to Us about her relationship with Gary, telling the publication, "Gary very much respects the grieving process I am going through and has been an incredible friend to talk to. He only wants the best for me and my daughter."

  • Seriously, who's place is it to tell this woman when she can and can't date someone?

    Anyone who watched Jill on the Real Housewives of New York City saw how much Jill and Bobby loved each other. There's just no faking their marriage or the love they had for each other. She was by his side since his original cancer diagnosis in 2009 -- so maybe we can give her a little room to live her life how she sees fit without so much judgment.

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