Jill Zarin, one of the former stars of The Real Housewives of New York City, is opening up about a big family secret.
The 56-year-old reality star has revealed that her now-27-year-old daughter, Ally Shapiro, was conceived with a sperm donor.
Jill told Heather McDonald on the Juicy Scoop podcast that she and ex-husband Steven Shapiro planned on telling Ally after she graduated college, but she found out first while snooping around her mom’s emails.
“[My mom] said, ‘We were never going to tell you like this and we didn’t know when the right time was, but basically, your dad’s your dad, but we had a difficult time having you and we used a sperm donor,’” Ally said on the podcast (via Page Six). “And I never in a million years would have thought that. Like, I had no inkling.”
“I don’t think I was ever really mad, I was more just surprised,” Ally added.
The emails that Ally found were from a family member who questioned, “Why is Ally the fattest in the Shapiro family?” and “Why does Ally have blue eyes and no one else does?” She said that she IS mad at that family member though.
“I didn’t have a say in when I was told and how I was told or who my siblings are now,” Ally said. “I feel like I can choose now when I want to meet this guy and what our relationship is and boundaries … I think I want to meet him when the timing is right for both of us. I feel like now’s not the right time.”
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