The Real Housewives of Orange County cast member Kelly Dodd is missing her daughter, Jolie Dodd, as she remains quarantined in New York City with her fiance, Rick Leventhal.
As she and the Fox News correspondent continued to spend time together at his Big Apple apartment, where she’s shared a number of photos and videos on her Instagram Stories in recent days, the longtime reality star opened up to Us Weekly magazine abut how she’s been coping with the distance between herself and her only child.
According to Dodd, Jolie has been cared for by her mother for the past couple of weeks at the home she and Leventhal recently moved into in Newport Beach, California.
“Jolie has been in our house with my mom, who flew in from Arizona a couple [of] weeks ago,” Dodd shared. “I was always very close to my grandmother and spent months at a time with her, so I love that Jolie is having this bonding time with my mom.”
This weekend, Dodd revealed, 13-year-old Jolie will be getting to see her dad, Michael Dodd, who the Real Housewives of Orange County star split from in 2017.
“[My ex-husband] Michael [Dodd] gets her this Sunday for a week. I talk to her and FaceTime with her daily. She’s been doing her classwork online and going a bit stir-crazy, I think. I really miss her and look forward to going home and being with her soon,” Dodd said.
Dodd and her ex’s divorce was finalized in 2018.
While spending so much time together is certainly new for Dodd and Leventhal, who became engaged in November 2019, Dodd said the two of them are “making the best out of a challenging situation.”
“I love that Rick and I get to spend so much time together. We already knew we were both goal-oriented, but this has absolutely confirmed it,” she explained. “We’ve been doing projects every day getting his apartment fixed up, building furniture, decorating, cleaning and definitely [doing] a lot of cooking.”
Amid quarantine, Dodd says she and Leventhal are getting to know his oven, which has rarely been used by the news correspondent.
“One thing I learned about Rick is he never used his oven before. He didn’t even know how to turn it on! He said he made pasta and soup on the stovetop and is a great grill master, but this has given us a chance to create some amazing meals together. We shop and prep and cook and eat and drink and binge-watch Netflix shows pretty much every day and night,” she explained.