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RHOM star Marysol Patton’s mystery man: Just a friend


Who was the mystery man hand in hand with Marysol Patton the other day in Miami Beach?

Nothing hot and heavy, says the Real Housewives of Miami costar, who was photographed by gossip website

“That guy is just a friend,” says Patton of the salt-and-pepper-haired hunk. “I’m focusing on work not men these days.”

Another focus: Mom Elsa Patton’s recuperation from a stroke: Patton reports the Bravo matriarch’s health is asi asi (so-so).

“Mom’s OK. I wish she was better, but she’s not,” says the owner of the Patton Group publicity firm. “It’s been the most difficult experience of my life.”

Elsewhere in RHOM-land, this season’s scapegoat on the hot seat, Lea Black, will be at Alene Too in Boca Raton noon to 3:30 p.m. showing off her evening bag line. RSVP for the trunk show: 561-394-0899.

The local ladies shouldn’t be too hard on Lea. It was revealed on Monday night’s episode when she traveled to her home state of Texas that Black (nee Haller) lost her sister Kim in a freak car accident three years ago.

“You can’t get over it, you can only get through it,” she tearfully told cameras.

New message

It’s been eight years since Scott Stapp released his debut solo album, The Great Divide.

Now the Creed front man is back in action. The Boca-based singer, who chronicles his drug abuse last year in a memoir Sinner’s Creed, has a new album out. He told Fox News: “I call this record Proof of Life because there was a time where I thought my life had become a waste, and I’d made such a mess, but I found that this mess I had made in my life, through my relationship with God, turned into a message and that it wasn’t all lost.”

Look for it out Nov. 5.

Madeleine Marr

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