Bethenny Frankel's marriage to Jason Hoppy has been under scrutiny since day one because, well, her entire marriage and relationship has played out for TV on her various reality shows.
Most recently Bethenny and Jason were seen battling constantly on the third season of Bethenny Ever After, with Bethenny admitting the second year of marriage has been very rocky and full of tribulations. Things seemed to be going well for the couple by the end of the season as they partnered together to renovate a fantastic new apartment and made plans to temporarily locate to LA for Bethenny's talk show 'bethenny'.
bethenny did fantastic in its test run and now news is that the reality mogul is set to make it her full-time gig and bail on her reality show. Thank you Jesus.
Good lord – is there no end to Bethenny Frankel‘s empire? Guess not! The mogul – and I mean mogul – should probably get her own version of The Apprentice already, which isn’t a bad idea actually. Adding to her list of products, the Bethenny Ever After star just released her first novel, Skinnydipping – which is more of a memoir with the names changed to protect the innocent.
To promote her newest book endeavor, Bethenny has been making the media rounds talking marriage, reality TV, and writing!
“I’ve been on reality television for 8 years,” Bethenny said on TODAY of taking a break to write ‘fiction’. “I’ve been on a lot of my reality — my first three books were prescriptive in how to lose weight and how to get the most out of life. ‘Skinnydipping’ is just fun, refreshing…. It’s just a palate cleanser.”
Bethenny credits her fans for keeping her grounded and says that’s what led her to pursue the talk show route. “I have incredible fans,” she explained. “I have a great relationship with them, whether it’s on Twitter, emails or letters, I know exactly who they are. We are in a relationship. It’s why I wanted to do a talk show. It’s for them, so we can have a conversation, rather than just watch me living my life on television.”
In an all-new interview with Life & Style magazine,Bethenny Frankelopens up about the hardship of her marriage.
On the third season of Bethenny Ever After, Bethenny, 41, tries to balance her life as a mother, wife, and of course, business mogul. Her second year of marriage to Jason Hoppy is, however, full of growing pains.
“It’s just hard,” says Bethenny to Life & Style. “I often feel like I come across as the crazy one in the relationship. Once in a while, I want to be the good cop.” Well then start being the good cop Bethenny! Below are some excerpts from the interview:
L & S: You two argue more this season. Why?
Bethenny: There’s been a lot of pressure, both personally and professionally. We had a baby and my business exploded at the same time.
L & S: Has there been a specific low point?
Bethenny: Probably leading up to when we got stranded on a boat together in September. We were physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted. We weren’t connecting – we didn’t even want to be on the boat together.
L & S: Did divorce ever cross your mind?
Bethenny: Oh. no. Marriage is a commitment. We work at it every day. Actually being stuck on a boat for nearly 24 hours gave us an opportunity to connect.
L & S: So what have you learned since then?
Bethenny: Relationships are about acceptance. Jason and I are very different; I have a strong personality and he’s more mellow, Plus, we got married in our late 30s, and you’re very set in your ways by then. It’s about trying to compromise when you can.
L & S: Jason complained you weren’t having enough sex. Are you back on schedule?
Bethenny: There’s no such thing as a sex schedule. But we’ve definitely been having sex whenever we can. When you have a baby, you’re working and you’re tired; you try to pour on the romance whenever you can. Every woman in America can totally relate!
You can read more of Bethenny’s interview in the latest issue of Life & Style magazine.
As we reported last week, the ratings for Bethenny’s series has taken quite a dip this season. Last week’s premiere episode brought in less than 1 million viewers compared to the 1.5 milion viewers who tuned in to the second season last year. Some are speculating that perhaps fans are getting tried of Bethenny’s constant whining ‘woe is me’ attitude (she has a seemingly great husband, a healthy daughter, and millions to top it off – why can’t she just enjoy it? Even if it’s for half a second???) or perhaps she’s not as relatable to fans as she used to be. She is like a gazillionaire now, after all.
Quite frankly, I find myself having a love-hate relationship with Bethenny these days. Must say I was somewhat of a big fan, that is until I started watching her spinoff. As I blogged back in 2010, Bethenny is, in fact, the villain of her own show. From the constant complaining to the way she treats her in-laws, I and most viewers got to see a side of Bethenny that we could have done without. I’ve come to the conclusion that while she’s easy to hate, she’s also hard not to like…sometimes. Plus, looking at all she’s accomplished professionally, she definitely remains an inspiration to all.
A new episode of Bethenny Ever After airs tonight on Bravo. On the second episode of this season titled, ‘Alias Benjamin Frankelin,’ Bethenny delights in a weekend getaway on Long Island with her closest gal pals. It’s all about sun, beach fun and clambakes, yet Bethenny reveals that trust issues hound her in the wake of all her success.
A preview clip is below!
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Bernadette has kept a fairly low profile in the press recently considering all the harsh allegations Bethenny has made against her (and her father, Bobby Frankel). Although in the past Bernadette has called Bethenny “demented and beyond help,” in response to Bethenny’s portrayal of her childhood.
Bethenny has described her childhood as unhealthy and dysfunctional on her reality show and in interviews, and maintained that Bernadette was “never a mother” to her, among other complaints. These assertions have been called into question by fans, the media, and acquaintances’ of both Bethenny and her parents.
Bernadette is now making some pretty serious claims herself, alleging that Bethenny is a user and, perhaps, not the involved mother she purports to be. Raising doubts about the security of Bethenny’s marriage, Bernadette describes Jason Hoppy as “too weak” for Bethenny; and although she has never met him, she expects their marriage “won’t last.”
“Her husband seems like a really nice guy, but it won’t last. He is really too weak for her.” Bernadette predicts. “Right now, he is a good father, but soon she won’t need him and she will dump him.” Ouch.
Bernadette also takes digs at Bethenny’s mothering skills. “I find it amazing that she discusses having another child with her husband, but she barely has time for the first one,” she muses. I guess we know where Bethenny developed her ability to deliver scathing remarks!
As for why she and Bethenny stopped communicating ten-years-ago, Bernadette claims Bethenny wrecked her car and then refused to apologize. “I called her to tell her and she started yelling at me and hung up… and we have never spoken since,” Bernadette explains of their last conversation.
Bernadette also goes on to allege that Bethenny stole the idea for her highly successful Skinnygirl drink mix from her! “When she was young, her godmother, Eleanor Mogavero, would come and visit, and her drink of choice was a margarita. She was overweight, so I’d make her really low-fat ones,” said Bernadette. “But [Bethenny] would never give anyone credit, it goes against her narcissistic point of view.”
Bernadette finishes off with these choice words: “She only puts herself around people who can do something for her. It is amazing how she turned out just like her father.”
Bethenny has previously stated that her mother came to the hospital while she was in labor with Bryn, but she did not want to see her. Bernadette has never met her only grandchild. In an interview Bethenny remarked of her mother’s opinion of her career: “I don’t know what she makes of my success. I’m sure it’s quite shocking and overwhelming to her.”
Bethenny has not responded to her mother’s latest comments, but she recently Tweeted: “I always believe 50% gossip. You decide what to believe.” By that reasoning, is she admitting there may be some truth to Bernadette’s claims? I predict this incident will be thoroughly covered on the upcoming season of Bethenny Ever After !
There’s never a dull moment for the Skinnygirl! In the middle of a year defined by incredible successes, drama, controversy, and negative press after the Skinnygirl Margarita ingredient-gate – it’s all paying off. Literally!
Mama Frankel has landed herself on Forbes’ 2011 list of the Highest Earning Women in Entertainment after racking up a whopping $55M from her Skinnygirl empire! I blame sorority girls everywhere for buying the swill in droves in the hopes of avoiding the Freshman 15!
Bethenny’s skinny butt ranked third on the list, following Oprah Winfrey (naturally) and Lady Gaga (strangely) but she did manage to beat out her formal idol Martha Stewart – who didn’t even make the list!
Thoughts on Bernadette’s shocking comments? Do you think there is some merit to her claims or is she just hurt and angry that she no longer has a relationship with her daughter? Do you believe Bethenny’s stories about her childhood or is she exaggerating? Are you surprised she made the Forbes list?!