As we reported, Real Housewives star Kristen Taekman's husband — Josh Taekman — confessed to having an Ashley Madison account where he made over 62 paid transactions since June 2011.
The Eboost founder says he signed up for the website as a joke with his friends.
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Well now, one of his former co-workers and RHONY alum is standing by his side!
Heather Thompson has come forward to defend the 46-year-old.
The Yummie clothing designer said:
"The Ashley Madison thing is unfortunate because Josh is completely innocent."
The Berkshires enthusiast has known the businessman for over 15 years, as both of them worked for Diddy.
The 45-year-old mom even buys his reason for registering with the infidelity-promoting site:
"If you knew Josh the way I know him, you'd be completely like, 'Of course he would sign up for that with this buddies!' That's a total Josh thing to do! He has a very fraternity side to him that I love."'
Just exactly how is Miz Taekman doing amidst the controversy?
Miz Thompson exclaims:
"Kristen is a trooper and taking it like a trooper… Josh took it like a trooper [too] for the first season of the show when he was made out to look like such a douche when he's not."
Furthermore, Heather is optimistic about their future as a couple.
"They're going to be fine. They are my friends for life. I count them among my dearest friends. There is nothing but love there."
It is reported that Thompson will NOT be returning to the hit franchise for its eighth season.
According to a source:
"She wants to focus full-time on her business, Yummie, her family, and expanding into the health and nutrition arena… The cons of doing the show far outweigh the pros at this point, and what the show has become don't fit what she wants to be doing. She did it to promote her business and it devolved into ridiculous fights over the ridiculous antics of some unstable women."
However, the former Sean John executive has yet to confirm her departure.
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