While the rest of the current Real Housewives of New York stars have stayed mum about Ramona Singer’s rumored separation from husband Mario, one departed cast member is speaking out in a big way.

Although Jill Zarin left the Bravo reality hit two seasons ago, she still runs in the same circles as her former castmates — including her friend from long-before the show, Ramona. And according to the ex reality star, it’s been clear for some time that Mario was stepping out on his wife of 22 years.

"Ramona has been protecting him," Jill tells People. "She looked the other way when people told her he was cheating."

This isn’t the first time that the RHoNY departee has publicly referred to Mario’s alleged philandering. In October 2013, Jill told In Touch that Ramona’s hubby had hit on her during show tapings.

“When we were taping the show, Mario hit on me,” Jill claimed. “It made me uncomfortable to the point where I had to tell [my husband] Bobby to tell Mario to leave me alone.”

For her part, Ramona released a statement to People that neither confirmed nor denied the rumors.

"This is a personal and private matter for our family," she says. "For my daughter Avery's sake, I would appreciate everyone respecting our privacy during this difficult time."

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Source: People


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