B. Smith passed away several months ago following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. During her final years, her widow Dan Gasby created quite the controversy as it was revealed he had already taken another girlfriend while still caring for his ailing wife.
In a new interview, Dan shares that his girlfriend Alexandra Lerner “took off.”
via The Grio:
In an interview for “Successful Philanthropy with host Jean Shafiroff,” Gasby made time to clear up some of the misconceptions surrounding Lerner, the white woman he dated while caring for his late wife prior to her death in February at age 70. Gasby previously insisted that his relationship with Lerner received Smith’s blessing.
While Lerner never lived with Gasby and his late wife, she reportedly spent a lot of time at their family home and even shared in the responsibility of caring for B. Smith at times.
“No. She never lived there,” Gasby explained to Shafiroff. “That was an angry woman — there was a room where she could stay and put stuff if she wanted to put stuff. But the press and because of the racial situation, the press and certain people had a field day with that. My wife dated white men, Asian men. I dated white, Black, whatever.”
“Some people are not comfortable with that. But Alex Lerner never lived at my house. She was there on weekends, twice a month,” Gasby added. “And I’d go into town and stay at her place on occasion. But it was such a hot topic for people who deal in salaciousness.”
Gasby went on to insist that Lerner was “very kind to B. when she was there. B. was lovely, even through Alzheimer’s.”
theGrio previously reported, Smith was diagnosed with the disease in 2013 and began to promote awareness about the disease and the African-American community.
“Me and my daughter still laugh at it,” said Gasby to Shafiroff about Smith’s battle with the disease. “They have a tendency — some people are really violent or really mean. When she got mad, she would just make up words because she couldn’t figure out how to say curse words. And we would just laugh. And she would start laughing,” he shared.
Adding, “Her spirit and her soul was always … amazing.”
When asked about the status of his relationship with Lerner, Gasby confessed, “She took off and you know, whatever. I wish her well.”
He then noted, “Life has a way of—whatever you deserve you’ll ultimately get and that’s fine.”
You know what they say about Karma….