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Kelly Killoren Bensimon has received a lot of negative media attention for her erratic behavior on this past season of Real Housewives of New York. Referred to by frenemy Bethenny Frankel as “Kel-amity” or “one flew over the cuckoo’s nest,” many attributed Kelly’s actions to a nervous breakdown. Now, the the strong-willed mother of two has her boxing gloves ready and is defending her actions in the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

“I’m embarrassed that I allowed myself to feed into it, but I don’t think I would handle it differently,” Kelly told Harper’s Bazaar of her actions this season. “The ratings were amazing, so no, absolutely not… I don’t have any regrets. I’m glad I went on Housewives because the show has made me more known.”

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As for her mental state, Kelly explained,  “I am not crazy. I am unpredictable. I’m not in therapy.”

Kelly feels the rest of her Housewives co-stars would pick on her no matter how she acted.

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“Whether it’s my nail color, my hair color, or the shoes I’m wearing, everything about me bothers them,” she added. “They want to go to the parties I go to, they want to hang out with me, they want to do the things that I’m doing.”

One way that Kelly feels she has separated herself from the other women and the show was her recent Playboy cover.

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“With Playboy, I think I superseded Housewives,” she said. “It was huge.”

Throughout her time on the show, Kelly explained her main goal was to be the best mother she could be to her two daughters.

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“I’m 42, and I have this new life. Yes, I’m more mass market. And that’s okay. It’s my job….I’ve worked so hard,” she said. “It wasn’t always lollipops and unicorns. I tell my girls, ‘Your mom gets paid to engage in inappropriate behavior.’ It’s an amazing opportunity for them to see that being mean is not okay. I tell them, ‘If you’re in a situation like this, walk out. Don’t come back with jelly beans.’ “

Kelly Bensimon in Harpers Bazaar July 13


Take a look back at Kelly’s “manic” behavior on The Real Housewives of NYC.

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