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Go Inside Jenna Lyons’ Romantic Getaway with Her Girlfriend, Cass Bird

The RHONY cast member shared the vacation photos about a month after confirming her partner’s identity.

By Joshua Espinoza
Jenna Lyons on the First Time She Wanted to Kiss Another Woman

Jenna Lyons is basking in love and the Greek sun.

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Just weeks after confirming her partner’s identity, The Real Housewives of New York City cast member took to social media to show off her new romance. Jenna posted photos and videos of her and Cass Bird on a Mediterranean getaway with a group of close friends. The posts, which were shared on July 29 and 30, showed the couple enjoying a boat ride, lounging on the beach, and taking a dip off the Ionian Islands.

Jenna Lyons and Cass Bird’s Greek Vacation

As indicated in Jenna’s Instagram Stories, she and Cass were on Kefalonia celebrating the birthday of good friend Hosh Ibrahim. Other attendees included Instagram executive Charles Porch, Call Me Suki founder Sukhjeev Sandhu, and Australian human rights attorney Jennifer Robinson.

Jenna kept the captions short and sweet, most of them including nothing more than a few emojis and the usernames of those featured in each post. 

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Jenna Lyons confirms her relationship with Cass Bird

When Jenna joined RHONY for Season 14, she chose to keep her love life under wraps and declined to discuss her partner on camera. The former J.Crew president and executive creative director explained her decision on Season 14 Episode 2, which aired on July 23.

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“My life has put me in the public eye for my job and other things I’ve done,” she said. “And that is my choice. And if someone does not want to be in that with me, then I have to respect that.”

The interview aired several weeks after Jenna’s extensive New York Times interview, which confirmed her current relationship with Cass — a New York City–based photographer whose work has been featured in magazines and brand campaigns across the globe, as well as exhibits in Los Angeles, Italy, Japan, and Spain.

Jenna Lyons recalls her coming-out experience

On the July 23 episode, Jenna opened up about her previous relationship with Vincent Mazeau, the artist-turned-restaurateur she married in 2002. Jenna and Vincent would go on to welcome a child together, a son named Beckett, in 2006. However, the couple divorced in 2011, the same year Jenna was outed in a news article.

Jenna reflected on her coming-out experience while having dinner with her RHONY castmates in Episode 2. The mother of one said she began accepting her sexuality after an intimate conversation with a gay friend.

“My relationship was falling apart with my husband, and I asked her, like, ‘What happens with women?’ I was just curious. I had no idea,” Jenna explained. “By the end of the conversation … I just wanted to kiss her, and I was completely surprised. Something kind of went off inside of me and I was like, ‘Something feels different here,’ and then I started to have dreams about her.”

Jenna expanded on her self-discovery in a confessional: “Something happened when I turned 40. I had this beautiful little boy. I had this great job. I had this feeling inside that I wasn’t happy. I remember thinking to myself, like, I don’t want to feel like this for another 40 years.”

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