Kelly Bensimon said she wanted ‘athletic’ man before Alex Rodriguez flirtation

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She’s been hoping for a romantic home run.

One month before Page Six exclusively revealed that Alex Rodriguez and Kelly Bensimon’s recent flirtation, the “Real Housewives of New York City” alum told us that she was interested in dating a sportsman. 

Asked to describe her ideal partner, Bensimon, 53, said she was looking for a man who is “athletic” and “fun.” 

The former reality star — who now works as a Douglas Elliman real estate agent representing multimillion-dollar properties in New York, the Hamptons and South Florida — went on to say that she is also in search of someone “similar” to her. 

“My father always told me, ‘You have to find someone who’s like you,’” she elaborated. “Hardworking, really good family values, educated, mindful, kind to others.”

Bensimon also said that her dream man is philanthropic, “but not in the ‘Housewives’ way, where [you] just throw it away,” she noted. “Like, [you’re] actually really doing something others because you can. So, just those kinds of things.”

Now it seems as though the iconic New York Yankees player-turned-real estate investor, 46, may be be able to provide Bensimon with “those kinds of things.” 

“They have a cute and flirty text relationship,” an insider told us this week. “Alex has asked her out more than once although she has not gone on a date with him.”

A rep for Bensimon confirmed to Page Six that she and Rodriguez have been in contact. 

“They’ve been having a fun text relationship for the last couple of months. She thinks he is charming and a gentleman,” Bensimon’s rep said. “They have mutual friends and she has been talking to him about real estate.”

Meanwhile, A-Rod’s rep downplayed their connection in a statement: “She reached out on a real estate opportunity and that is it. There are no flirty texts, there is nothing there. A lot of people reach out to him for business purposes.” 

Page Six exclusively reported Rodriguez’s split from Jennifer Lopez in March after a two-year engagement. He shares daughters Natasha, 16, and Ella, 14, with ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis.

Bensimon shares daughters Sea Louise, 23, and Teddy, 21, with ex-husband Gilles Bensimon.

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