When model Kristen Taekman makes her debut on the sixth season of The Real Housewives of New York City in March, she'll have someone watching her back as the drama unfolds: her husband of nine years, Josh Taekman. Before things kick off, here are seven things to know about the 44-year-old business mogul.
1. Josh is a seriously successful entrepreneur.
He co-founded Vitalize Labs, the company behind celebrity-loved energy supplement brand EBOOST. Josh is constantly tweeting about the line's powders and flavored shots that fuel Bruce Willis, Kelly Ripa, Heidi Klum, Martha Stewart and "Chief Energy Officer" and investor Jillian Michaels, just to name a few.
2. He's a devoted dad.
Josh's Instagram page is chock full of photos of his and Kristen's gorgeous kids, son Cassius, 5, who goes by the nickname "Cash," and 2-year-old daughter Kingsley.
3. He used to work with Diddy.
Yup, as in Sean Combs. In the late '90s—back when Diddy was known as Puff Daddy and was dating Jennifer Lopez—Josh was Vice President of Marketing for the rap mogul's Bad Boy Entertainment.
4. And it's how he met another Housewife.
During his time at the record label, he met RHONY star Heather Thomson, which is how Kristen became pals with her.
5. He's in great shape...
Josh hits the gym every morning, and his wife is pretty fit too: She just released a fitness DVD called JCORE with trainer Jay Cardiello. "Fitness has always been the one thing that is my escape from day-to-day life, the one time I don't bring my cell phone," Josh told WellandGoodNYC.com. "It's my time alone when I'm just doing cardio and reading the paper. It's stress relief and an endorphin rush."
6. ...But he'll cheat on his diet if ice cream is involved.
Josh eats healthy. Really healthy. A typical dinner, he says, "is usually grilled chicken, vegetables and a salad," he also told WellandGoodNYC.com. But then he'll top it off with a quart of ice cream. "Unfortunately, I'm not joking," he said. "When it comes to ice cream, there's no balance. I'll eat so cautiously when it comes to some things, and then I'll totally knock out a whole pint of Ben and Jerry's." We like him already.
7. He's a Cali-bro at heart.
While Kristen hails from Connecticut, Josh is a native of the righteous state of California. He and Kristen have lived on both coasts but only moved back to NYC a few years ago. You can take the man out of Cali, but you can't take the Cali out of the man: Josh has been known to utter phrases such as "extremely stoked" and "right on, dude." Awesome!
Are you excited to see Josh when RHONY returns March 11 at 9p ET/PT?
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