Alexandra Lerner attends The Nature Conservancy's Beaches & Bays Gala at East Hampton on June 28, 2008 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by ADRIEL REBOH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

About Alexandra Lerner
Known AsAlexandra Isabell Latz
Age54 Years
BirthDecember 18, 1965
GenderFemale
SpouseWilliam "Billy" Lerner (Divorced)
ChildrenJacqueline Lerner, Benjamin Lerner
AddressNew York, New York
CountryUnited States

The lifestyle guru and restaurateur B. Smith passed away on February 22, 2020 at the age of 70. She leaves behind her husband, Dan Gasby, who had been her primary caregiver ever since she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2013. But Gasby has been under fire in recent years for his relationship with another woman named Alex Lerner. They dated and then lived together in B. Smith’s home while Gasby was still married to the former model. Their relationship was slammed by many, though they continue to be together. Since the announcement that Smith had passed away, a lot of attention has been on Alex Lerner.

Alex Lerner Worked in a Restaurant

Born Alexandra Isabell Latz on December 18, 1965, She’s said to be of German origin, residing in New York. Dan Gasby met Alexandra Lerner at a bar in 2017.

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A profile interview on B. Smith, Gasby, and Lerner revealed that, back then, she was working at an upscale restaurant, Le Bilboquet. Incidentally, this restaurant operates in a space that was previously a B. Smith-owned restaurant.

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Lerner’s old Instagram posts show she has been relatively active on the New York social scene. She has attended fashion shows and the Kentucky Derby, as well as mingling with some big names in New York’s celebrity circle.

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Gasby and Lerner made their relationship social media official in December 2018, though he was still married to Smith. His new relationship was slammed by her fans.

They lived together in the same home with Smith, as her caretakers, until her death. Smith’s fans accused her husband of flaunting his new relationship while she was ailing and spending Smith’s fortune on his new girlfriend.

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Lerner Was Married to Businessman, Billy Lerner

The erstwhile Alex Latz married New York-based businessman and philanthropist, William “Billy” Lerner, in 1997. Billy Lerner, the son of parking mogul, Jack Lerner is best known for his new age parking system business, iPark, and his non-profit, Billy4Kids.

Alex and Billy’s son, Benjamin and daughter, Jacqueline prominently feature in Billy’s Instagram. Alex is mother to three children from her previous relationships. She reportedly has another daughter, Maxi Lerner.

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Benjamin studied business and accounting at Lynn University and is set to graduate this year. He’s also certified in pediatric first aid and has management experience at iPark.

Jacqueline “Jacqui” is a student at Duke University and expected to graduate in 2022.

Billy and Alex divorced sometime between 2010 and 2015. They moved on swiftly, with Billy marrying Marcella De Martin in 2015. They have a toddler son, Lucca who is doted on by his older sister, Jacqui.

Meanwhile Alex’s 2015 relationship was at the heart of legal drama.

Lerner Was in a Relationship with Dard Coaxum

Alex has socialized with models, artists, fashion professionals, entrepreneurs, and restaurateurs in New York. And her social circle is probably what brought her to associate with Dard Coaxum, the self-proclaimed “Harlem Gatsby.”

Older reports reveal that Lerner was part of Coaxum’s PR business, Harlem Shake. They were also reportedly dating, but Lerner broke up with Coaxum after he was involved in an assault.

Coaxum was a restaurateur himself before a 2015 incident, when he slugged a man so hard that he suffered brain damage and eventually died.

Coaxum claimed that he punched the victim, Julio Torres, in self-defense after the other man allegedly threatened him and Lerner.

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Lerner took the stand during the trial and initially supported Coaxum’s claim that Torres was the aggressor. But she changed her testimony after cross-examination, revealing that Coaxum threw the first punch.

Coaxum was found guilty of assault and sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2016.

The following year after Coaxum’s trial, Alex Lerner meet Dan Gasby. They would later move in together.

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Gasby and Lerner Have a Radio Show Together

Gasby shared their unique “Modern family” dynamic in The Washington Post. But even that did nothing for all the hate he and Lerner were getting.

There were even petitions that B. Smith should be removed from Gasby’s care. Despite his daughter from a previous relationship moving in to help him care for Smith and his daughter coming to his defense, Gasby’s intentions as a caregiver were questioned.

Lerner would help care for Smith after moving into her home. She and Gasby would later host their own radio show, Thank You Dan & Alex, as part of Gasby’s attempts to spread awareness about Alzheimer’s care.

According to Gasby, he and Lerner initially bonded over their shared experience with Alzheimer’s. When they met, Lerner was caring for her father, who was also suffering from the devastating form of dementia.

On the show, Lerner is touted as a vegan chef and radio personality.

Posted by Thank You Dan & Alex on Monday, February 11, 2019

Tributes poured in for Barbara Elaine Smith, aka B. Smith, after news of her death. However, the criticism against her husband, Dan Gasby, and his girlfriend, Alex Lerner continues to mount.

But some loved ones see things differently. In 2019, a year before B. Smith’s death, Dana Gasby, Dan Gasby’s daughter from a previous relationship, told Today:

“Why shouldn’t my dad have companionship? Why shouldn’t he have someone to talk to? For the first few years, it was just me and him, and it’s hard. I’m not his wife, I’m his daughter. I can’t give him the support that a girlfriend, a friend, a companion can give.

“I am beyond happy for them. I’m more pissed at the people complaining about them. My life, my family, my stepmom isn’t a trending topic. My stepmom is dying, plain and simple.”

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