Fans and admirers of lifestyle guru B. Smith are furious her husband has moved his new girlfriend into the
home he shares with his Alzheimer’s-stricken wife.
Dan Gasby, 64, defended the unusual living arrangement in an interview earlier this week with The Washington Post.
“If ‘This Is Us’ and ‘Modern Family’ came together, it would be us,” he said.
His girlfriend, Alex Lerner, insisted in the profile that Gasby isn’t cheating on his wife of 26 years.
“This is not a man cheating on his wife,” Lerner, 53, said. “What I admire about him is that he takes care of her.”
Smith and Gasby have been married since 1992. The former model, author and lifestyle expert was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2013.
Gasby often shares photos on social media of his wife and girlfriend spending time together. While Smith is almost always smiling in the pictures, the reality is she probably doesn’t understand what’s going on.
Lerner frequently makes the drive from her Manhattan home to the Smith-Gasby residence in East Hampton, New York, and has a room in the house. She said she helps care for 69-year-old Smith.
The lifestyle guru’s fans believe she deserves better, and have taken to social media to share their feelings.
“B. Smith’s husband is scum imo,” one person tweeted.
B. Smith's husband is scum imo.
— Cherise (@Cherie_cherries) January 31, 2019
Another person suggested Smith would not approve of Dan having a girlfriend, and pointed out a line from the article that said: “When B. was lucid, she and Dan sometimes clashed over his flirtations.”
This is a literal line out of the B. Smith story:
“When B. was lucid, she and Dan sometimes clashed over his flirtations.”
And y’all still want to act like what her husband is doing isn’t disrespectful and embarrassing as hell.
— Shauna Stuart (@ShaunaReporter) January 31, 2019
Someone else said, “B. smith’s husband is trash. Point blank. Married is still married.”
B. Smith’s husband is trash. Point blank. Married is still married. 🤷🏽♀️
— saucy (@korafbaby) January 29, 2019
Gasby has since taken to the couple’s shared Facebook page to thank his supporters and to respond to his critics.
“To all those who are living my life situation and texted and called me last night with words of support. I deeply appreciate your words of support and advice,” he wrote Wednesday.
“As those of you who know me you also know B would be amazed and disappointed by the response of some people. I on the other hand knew what to expect and will keep on keeping on! I just wonder if B was in the same situation would these same people lash out at her!” he added.
Gasby’s latest comments drew more angry responses from Smith’s fans.