A few years ago, Martha Stewart had a period of very publicly talking about her singleness, which culminated in her going on the Today Show to meet some men she’d been matched with on Match.com (it’s morning TV; just roll with it). That seemed mostly in good fun, but the message was clear: Martha wants to find someone to love. Well it’s never been clearer to me than it is now who that person should be: Tom “It’s About Tom” D’Agostino,
Countess Luann de Lesseps D’Agostino de Lesseps’s ex husband.
The fittingness of this pairing dawned on me while I was reading this feature in New York magazine’s 50th anniversary issue, which brought rich and famous people back to the apartments they lived in when they weren’t rich and famous, and introduced them to the not rich and famous people who live in them now. One such pairing was Tom and Martha, because—did you know?!—Tom’s Lenox Hill bachelor pad (the one Luann gave Bravotv.com a tour of just months ago) was once Martha’s honeymoon suite that she shared her ex husband.
A fun fact from Tom and Martha’s exchange, which includes the above photo of the two of them poised casually at the entrance to Martha’s former and Tom’s current balcony that I’m considering purchasing a print of that I will then get framed for my home: Martha paid $125 a month for the one bedroom penthouse in the early ’60s. Also a good sign for their compatibility is the way Martha insults Tom without him even noticing, as she discusses the renovation he did to the place:
MS: That apartment was very beautiful and light-filled and airy — and all white, the way it was meant to be. Now it’s much more enclosed and dark! ... It’s not my style anymore. I was a little taken aback.
TD: Martha baked me a beautiful apple pie with apples she had picked on her own farm, so we had coffee and pie together and spent an afternoon talking. She said the apartment was totally different and remarked what a wonderful renovation.
MS: I knew Tom was on The Real Housewives [of New York City]. That’s not my cup of tea, but I know some of the housewives. I think he liked the fact that I brought him an apple pie. He still hasn’t returned my dish, though.