WHO IS THAT BEHIND THE BLOG??
Bobby, Ally and Jill
There has been much speculation about Jill Zarin’s biggest fan; someone who calls themself “Freely Vivacious.” For months, the speculation buzzing around the internet is that “Freely” was invented by JZ’s daughter, Ally, or JZ’s husband, Bobby Zarin; was conceived by another of JZ’s ‘fans’ and written with the approval of JZ; or is actually JZ herself hiding behind ‘Freely Vivacious’s’ site and tweets. Jill has been known to contrive phony names to comment on sites, the most significant is Amazongate, which confirmed that Jill commented and rated her own book on Amazon.com under ficticious user names. So, any of the theories about FV’s true identity seemed plausible.
JZ visited Australia this past summer and upon JZ’s return to NYC, an Aussie ‘girl’ just happened to begin blogging about the wonderful, charitable traits of Jill Zarin? Hmmm…if you, like me, are a person who has questions in your head about how and/or why a 17-year-old girl could be in awe of a 46-year-old woman, a more plausible theory is that while in Australia, JZ set up the FV site (which would show the sites’ origination as Australia) and hired someone who would blog about the greatness of JZ. Well, good for her. She needs a more positive image and by using an Australian-based site, this puts her ahead of all the Housewives by thinking globally and cultivating an international audience. But, why would JZ front the site with a 17-year-old? It just didn’t make sense to me, so I began doing some research and have discovered who is really behind ‘Freely Vivacious.’
Our ‘Free Vivacious‘ is actually a 17-year-old Australian high-school student, Malinda Gray. Malinda, from what I have gleaned from her writing, seems to be a happy teenage girl with numerous interests, who has many good friends, plays soccer and is a very compassionate person.
. Jillz #1 Fan (upper right)….Malinda is a gingy, like JZ
Once established that Malinda is a real person and not a pseudonym created by someone in the NYC area (or elsewhere), I began to communicate with her. I was very curious about her perspective re JZ, so the following are some conversations between me and her:
How in the world did you meet JZ? I am so confused as to how an Australian girl met a 40-ish woman from the US and what the two of you would have in common. Are you friends with Jill’s daughter? Are you a fan of any other housewife?
I have never ever met Jill. I am just a fan from Australia that is disgusted about the way she was treated by others. The Gingerettes and I are supporters because we like her. Look up to her and think nothing negative of her. I do not know any of the Zarin’s personally. I like different aspects of the other housewives but Jill is my favorite.
What one trait in JZ do you admire most? least? Do your parents approve of you being a fan of JZ? Do your parents and friends also feel the same about JZ as you? Is there anything you think you could learn from JZ? Do you plan on meeting JZ?
I admire how strong of a women she is. Least? I’m not really sure. Everybody has their faults, I know I do. When my school contacted me about somebody contacting them about my blog and asking if I was a real person, she read my blog and she was fine with it, my deputy principal LOVED it, she told me she was proud about the way I addressed bullying. She has never watched the show before; she isn’t into them kind of shows. (She loves crime, same with my dad.) My dad hardly knows how to use a computer so he doesn’t have a clue about whats going on. But they support me in any decision that I make. I introduced my bff Amy to the show, and she agrees with me, she is a proud member of the Gingerettes. I’m sure there are many things I can learn from Jill, she has already taught me a lot and I can’t wait till when her book is released in Australia, it’s in March. Meeting? I’d probably faint! (:
What is it about JZ that you admire so much? Do you watch all the Housewives shows or just NY? Does JZ communicate with you? If you don’t mind, I would like to write about you being a normal girl in au. Would that be OK with you?
I admire that she is true to her self, she is human and makes mistakes and owns up to them. She never tries to be anybody she’s not and I believe you should never apologize for who you are, and she doesn’t. I have watched NY, NJ and Atlanta. New York is def my favourite. Where would you write about me? Lol
How will you react when you meet Jill?
I’d probably be in shock and just stand there eyes bulging and jaw dropping.
If you found that JZ was not as she appears on TV, how would that affect you? Well, that’s all for now. I appreciate your answers and believe that you are a real person! For being one of JZ’s biggest supporters, I hope she sent you her book! Did she?
I know that it is television show and she might be portrayed differently but the things I have seen and I have also watched a lot of interviews and I have communicated with her through the internet, she is such a beautiful women, inside and out. She LOVES her fans and appreciates us very much and we do the same to her. Thank you for believing I’m real, because trust me I’m a 17 year old teenager from Campbelltown, Sydney, nothing more nothing less. I received her autograph THAT WAS SO EXCITING and I appreciate it SOOO much, I don’t expect her book, I will proudly march to the shops and buy a copy myself :) Thanks for the questions if you have anymore feel free to ask. :
NOTE TO JILLZARIN: You have a darling, sweet teenaged girl who, unlike others, thinks the world of you. Please do not let her down. Perhaps you could send her a signed (by you, your sister and mother) copy of your book… just a suggestion that would make you more golden in her eyes than you are now. Treasure your admirers…clearly Malinda is one of them.