RHONY alum Kelly Bensimon, 52, enjoys lunch with on-again beau Nick Stefanov, 42

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Kelly Bensimon keeps her relationship strong with her new boyfriend Nick Stefanov.

The 52-year-old former reality star was spotted on Thursday at lunch with her 42-year-old beau in downtown Manhattan.

The two share a tumultuous history, including the 2009 sexual assault on Bensimon for allegedly punching Stefanov in the face.

Hold Strong: Kelly Bensimon keeps her relationship strong with her new boyfriend Nick Stefanov.  The 52-year-old former reality star was spotted having lunch with her 42-year-old boyfriend in downtown Manhattan on Thursday.

Hold Strong: Kelly Bensimon keeps her relationship strong with her new boyfriend Nick Stefanov. The 52-year-old former reality star was spotted having lunch with her 42-year-old boyfriend in downtown Manhattan on Thursday.

The Real Housewives of New York City alum stayed warm amid the chilly spring weather in a long blue coat and black dress.

She kept her legs covered in black leggings and wore matching ballet flats for the afternoon stroll.

The model had a large, quilted Chanel tote slung over her shoulder for the outing, letting her flowing hombre wave down as the couple headed for their meal.

Alex kept it a bit more casual in his layered look with a sports jacket and jeans.

Lunch Date: The Real Housewives of New York City alum stayed warm amid the chilly spring weather in a long blue coat and black dress.  She kept her legs covered in black leggings and wore matching ballerinas for the afternoon date

Lunch Date: The Real Housewives of New York City alum stayed warm amid the chilly spring weather in a long blue coat and black dress.  She kept her legs covered in black leggings and wore matching ballet flats for the afternoon appointment

Lunch date: The Real Housewives of New York City alum stayed warm amid the chilly spring weather in a long blue coat and black dress. She kept her legs covered in black leggings and wore matching ballet flats for the afternoon appointment

He was also wearing a buttoned shirt and a puffy coat to keep warm, and had his messy brown locks bundled under a baseball cap.

The entrepreneur was wearing a backpack and brown boots while leashed her perfectly groomed dog Fluffy.

The pair wore matching gray face covers to stay safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Kelly and Nick were seen on the streets of New York City earlier this month, confirming their roller coaster relationship was back on track.

Messy Past: Kelly and Nick had been making out earlier this month, confirming their roller coaster relationship was back on track.  The two share a tumultuous history, including Bensimon's arrest in 2009 for allegedly beating Stefanov (here in 2006)

Messy Past: Kelly and Nick were having sex earlier this month, confirming their roller coaster relationship was back on track.  The two share a tumultuous history, including Bensimon's arrest in 2009 for allegedly beating Stefanov (here in 2006)

Messy Past: Kelly and Nick were having sex earlier this month, confirming their roller coaster relationship was back on track. The two share a tumultuous history, including Bensimon’s arrest in 2009 for allegedly beating Stefanov (here in 2006)

Welcoming Spring: The sightings come as the fashionista-turned-real estate agent celebrated the start of a new month on her Instagram account after 'a tough few months'

Welcoming Spring: The sightings come as the fashionista-turned-real estate agent celebrated the start of a new month on her Instagram account after 'a tough few months'

Welcoming Spring: The sightings come as the fashionista-turned-real estate agent celebrated the start of a new month on her Instagram account after ‘a tough few months’

The sightings came as the fashionista-turned-realtor started a new month on her fourth Instagram account after ‘a rough few months’.

HAPPY APRIL, guys. I know it has been a tough few months, but I certainly have a feeling that spring will come and wash away the pain of the winter months; and show us again how beautiful our world is and how many possibilities we all have, ”she wrote.

“Positivity doesn’t come from thinking about something, but from doing something about it,” she added.

Things weren’t so rosy for the couple over a decade earlier, when Bensimon was arrested on assault charges for beating Stefanov.

Family: Kelly has two daughters - Sea Louise, 23, and Thadeus, 21 - by her ex-husband, French fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon, 76

Family: Kelly has two daughters - Sea Louise, 23, and Thadeus, 21 - by her ex-husband, French fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon, 76

Family: Kelly has two daughters – Sea Louise, 23, and Thadeus, 21 – by her ex-husband, French fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon, 76

Plea deal: The former model initially pleaded not guilty to the charge of third-degree assault at the time, but she later struck a plea deal requiring only two days of community service;  the two are on display in 2007

Plea deal: The former model initially pleaded not guilty to the charge of third-degree assault at the time, but she later struck a plea deal requiring only two days of community service;  the two are on display in 2007

Plea deal: The former model initially pleaded not guilty to the charge of third-degree felony at the time, but she later struck a plea deal requiring only two days of community service; the two are on display in 2007

She was arrested at 9:10 a.m. on March 5 for punching her fiancé in the face, and [she] gave him a tear under his left eye. She was arrested for assault – it’s a felony, ” New York City police said People at the time.

The New York Post reported that Bensimon may also have been attacked, as a source said she had “ a fat lip. ”

The former model initially pleaded not guilty to the charge of a third-degree felony, but she later struck a plea deal that required her only two days of community service.

Even at the time, Bensimon and Stefanov were reportedly dating occasionally, and the two kept getting back together in the years that followed.

On and Off: Even at that point, Bensimon and Stefanov (here in 2006) were reported to be dating on and off, and the two continued to get back together in subsequent years

On and Off: Even at that point, Bensimon and Stefanov (here in 2006) were reported to be dating on and off, and the two continued to get back together in subsequent years

On and Off: Even at that point, Bensimon and Stefanov (here in 2006) were reported to be dating on and off, and the two continued to get back together in subsequent years

Businesswomen: According to a report by the New York Post, the former reality star has made more than $ 50 million from her Manhattan real estate transactions since early 2021

Businesswomen: According to a report by the New York Post, the former reality star has made more than $ 50 million from her Manhattan real estate transactions since early 2021

Businesswomen: According to a report by the New York Post, the former reality star has made more than $ 50 million from her Manhattan real estate transactions since early 2021