ROXY AND RAGHU

The Globe and Mail Metro (Ontario Edition) - - PURSUITS -

Be­fore she was the coun­try’s favourite Real House­wife, she met her real-life love on a set-up

Who: Roxy Earle, fash­ion de­signer and for­mer Real House­wife; Raghu Kil­ambi, tech en­tre­pre­neur, Con­ver­sion-Point

Re­la­tion­ship sta­tus: To­gether since 2013 Lo­ca­tion: Toronto/Cal­i­for­nia

COVER­ING THE BOOZY BASES

Raghu: We were in­tro­duced through a mu­tual friend and our first date was at Ge­orge. It’s one of my favourite Toronto restau­rants.

Roxy: He didn’t know what I liked to drink, so when I ar­rived there was a glass of red, white and Cham­pagne in front of my plate.

Raghu: That sounds bad! I think it was just red and Cham­pagne. Roxy: I loved it. I thought it was re­ally sweet. I think we got to a point where we both felt like we had this great ro­mance, with a lot of po­ten­tial, but he had two young kids, so noth­ing re­ally meant any­thing un­til I met them. If the fam­ily unit didn’t bond, it wasn’t go­ing to work out.

PUPPY LOVE

Roxy: Right around the time I was get­ting to know my two fu­ture step­sons, we got Lola, our puppy. I thought that would be a beau­ti­ful way to bring our fam­ily to­gether – a neu­tral zone that all of us could love. And boy, was I right!

Raghu: The boys loved Roxy re­ally early on. They don’t have cousins here in Toronto, so Roxy’s broth­ers and her par­ents be­came an ex­tended fam­ily. That was lovely to see. For me, as a sin­gle par­ent, it was al­ways about finding some­one for all of us. When I pro­posed, it was with the boys.

Roxy: Oh, my heart! They said, we want you to be daddy’s wife and our step­mom. At our wed­ding they were the best men.

Raghu: When Roxy got the op­por­tu­nity to be on The Real Housewives of Toronto, I was con­cerned about in­va­sion of pri­vacy, es­pe­cially with the kids. These kinds of shows can be vi­cious. On the other hand, I wanted Roxy to pur­sue her dreams.

Roxy: All of our friends were like, “Raghu, don’t let her do this,” and he’s like, “You think this is a let?” We have a part­ner­ship. I think that’s some­thing miss­ing from the con­ver­sa­tion about women sup­port­ing other women. Women won­der: How do you have it all? And I think the an­swer to that is have a partner who is in­vested in those same goals.

Raghu: And she has sup­ported me. I have been mostly in Cal­i­for­nia this year with my new ven­ture. It can be hard to be in sep­a­rate cities and coun­tries some times, but we make it work. I keep up with Roxy on so­cial me­dia. Last night I fin­ished my day and she was al­ready asleep, so I just watched her In­sta­gram sto­ries to catch up.

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