B. Smith’s Husband Doubles Down, Insists Wife Told him to ‘Go On’ With his Life After her Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Alex Lerner, left, and B. Smith share a moment as B. Drinks tea in their East Hampton home on Long Island, New York, on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. (Photo: Karsten Moran for The Washington Post/Getty Images)
Alex Lerner, left, and B. Smith share a moment as B. Drinks tea in their East Hampton home on Long Island, New York, on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. (Photo: Karsten Moran for The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Dan Gasby, the husband to restaurateur and lifestyle guru B. Smith, continues to defend his decision to date another woman as his wife battles Alzheimer’s disease.

Gasby, 64, sparked outrage and a heated debate last week after acknowledging his relationship with Alex Lerner, 53, as he serves as his wife’s caregiver. He even revealed that Lerner has a room in the house he shares with Smith.

While appearing on “The View” Thursday, Gasby said his wife of nearly three decades encouraged him to move on with his life after she learned her crushing diagnosis.

“When we got the diagnosis at Mount Sinai … she stopped me, put her hand on my arm and … she said to me, ‘I want you to go on,'” Gasby said. “I’m not doing anything we didn’t discuss.”

“View” co-host Sunny Hostin, who is friends with Smith and Gasby, acknowledged the difficulty of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, but criticized his decision to have Lerner in their home when Smith doesn’t have the mental capacity to consent. Earlier, Gasby said Smith “is 69 years old … but she’s a toddler.”

“I could have easily placed her into a facility and I would not do that,” Gasby said. “This notion of vows, I’m keeping my vows. … Vows are to protect, to care for.”

Fellow co-host Meghan McCain interjected, “Also in sickness and in health.”

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SOURCE: Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY