Recently, Mike Shouhed announced to all his fans that he was in a serious relationship with his new girlfriend, Paulina Ben-Cohen. Mike is a star on Bravo’s popular reality show, Shahs of Sunset. This show revolves around the lives of six friends of Persian origin, showing how they balance their work with their very active social lives, and strive to find a balance between American and Persian cultures. Though Paulina was not famous before, her relationship with Mike has made her a hot topic, especially among fans of Shahs of Sunset. In addition to getting engaged to Mike, here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Paulina Ben-Cohen.
1. Her Family and Background
Just like the other cast members of Shahs of Sunset, Paulina is of Persian origin. In addition, her mother is Jewish, making her part Jewish. Paulina didn’t initially bond with Mike due to their shared Persian origin, but she loves the fact that they can relate to each other through their similar identities.
2. She was a Single mom
Before her engagement to Mike, Paulina was a single mom to two boys. Mason, her eldest son, loves music and playing drums during his free time. He is six years old, while her youngest son is four years old. According to TooFab, Paulina was a single mom because she wanted to be the best mom to her two boys. She had sacrificed her love life to focus on raising her sons in the best way she could.
3. Paulina is Vegan
Paulina practices veganism. Although this is becoming increasingly common today, many people still find it hard to believe she is vegan and not just vegetarian. For instance, she was adamant that her first date with Mike should be in a vegan restaurant. In an interview with Soap Dirt, Mike Shouhed speaks on his first date with Paulina at Taco Bell Restaurant. In the interview, Mike says he was amazed at how Paulina knew all the vegan items on the menu.
4. Her Failed Marriage
Paulina Ben-Cohen was married to Iranian businessman Tal Bahari, an extremely successful entrepreneur who has amassed millions from his business ventures. Unfortunately, the couple had irreconcilable differences and ended up separating. Despite the breakup, the case is still pending in Los Angeles County Superior Courts, with Tal Bahari having filed for divorce. Paulina’s failed marriage was one of the reasons she started seeing Mike, as both were able to easily relate due to their shared experience.
5. She Loves Dogs
Paulina loves to post a lot of photos on her Instagram page. In most of these photos, she can be seen cuddling or simply posing with her beloved dog. Her pup has a silky coat and beautiful eyes. Although she rarely speaks about her dog, the pictures tell a thousand words – it is obvious that Paulina is a true dog-person.
6. She Loves Jewelry
She is a woman with expensive tastes. If you check her Instagram page’s photos, you will see her adorned with a variety of jewels. Whether she is at the beach in a bikini or relaxing at home, you will rarely see Paulina without her jewels. From her diamond necklace to her five-row black label square diamond bracelet, Paulina surely knows how to rock them.
7. Lives in Los Angeles
Paulina has been a resident of the greater Los Angeles area for a long time now. She was living in this area with her husband, Tal, before their divorce. Even though she is currently dating Mike, she still plans to raise her kids in Los Angeles. She has no intention of moving away since her kids love living in Los Angeles.
8. Used to Work at CO2 Cashmere
According to her profile on LinkedIn, Paulina worked at CO2 Cashmere for an extended period of time. CO2 Cashmere is a clothing company that exclusively utilizes cashmere to create their garments. This company was founded in 2005 by Pascal Benouaiche.
9. Her Debut on Shahs of Sunset
After Mike officially announced his relationship with Paulina, the producers of Shahs of Sunset revealed that she would make her debut in the upcoming season of the show. The producers of this reality program arrived at this decision because Paulina’s relationship with Mike will be the focus of the show, which is set to air its eighth season. Additionally, Paulina made an instant connection with the cast of Shahs of Sunset. During a lunch date with one of Mike’s friends, Reza, Paulina easily connected with him. Moreover, Reza spoke highly of her during an interview with Bravo Television. He even went on to claim that Mike had won the ‘Persian girlfriend lottery’.
10. She Loves her Privacy
Despite being in the public eye in recent weeks, Paulina has kept her personal life from the public. Her social media sites reveal almost nothing about her own life, which is quite surprising considering she is currently involved with a famous reality Television star. Besides this, she has kept her children’s lives away from the public. Even though she will make her debut in a reality show, Paulina is not planning to reveal everything about her personal life to the world.
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