Bethenny, who can be seen on the cover with 8-week-old daughter Bryn, is opening up about her painful past.
“I never had a true childhood,” said Bethenny, 39, the only child of legendary horse trainer Bobby Frankeland his first wife, Bernadette. “There was a lot of destruction: alcohol abuse, eating disorders and violent fights.”
Bethenny also reveals to the mag that she has long been estranged from her mom, whom she describes as “extremely volatile. She was never a mother to me.” Bethenny is however now grateful for the chance to create a stable home with hubbyJason Hoppy and their daughter: “I live for this baby.”
You can read more about Bethenny’s story in the latest issue of PEOPLE. In other Bethenny news, she did a phone conference interview just days ago and below are some of the tidbits she revealed -
On whether she’s ever wished she hadn’t done something in front of the cameras: Bethenny Frankel: No. It’s who I am and I’m never going to edit myself or not do something . . . everything that happens on the show, my life really is. That’s the one good relationship that I really do have with my fans: the honesty. If someone asks me if I’m pregnant, then I say “yes I am” if I am. That’s the thing I really take pride in, is telling the truth. It is what it is.
On whether there will be a second season of Bethenny Getting Married?: BF: We haven’t discussed it yet, but I imagine that there will be.
On the pros and cons of begin married to Jason: BF: There are so many pros; the man was in the hospital with me for six days from the minute my water broke to when I had the baby, that’s the kind of person he is. He’s there and a total partner. I have to say, I don’t think there’s any cons to being married to him.
On her relationship with the other Real Housewives Alex and Ramona: BF: They’re in my repertoire of friends, we email each other, see each other once in a while; it’s all very clean. It just is.
On why she thinks Jill has turned her animosity toward Alex: BF: I’m the one who had the baby and all that stuff, so you can’t be mean to the pregnant girl, so I guess she had to find someone new to have an issue with. Alex is the wrong one [to target], I have to say — there’s nothing underhanded about her at all.
In a new interview, Bethenny gives the following quote, “I do have the choice,” she says of choosing to do her own spinoff – Bethenny’s Getting Married? and the Housewives series. “And I don’t believe I’ll be doing any more ‘Housewives,’ she added.
As for why she’s leaning towards leaving the shit show, Bethenny reveals the dramatic reunion played a big role. “It was a real tense experience,” she explains. “It just felt heavy and you’re about to shoot something and you just don’t [want to]. [My life] feels lighter. Actually, it feels a lot lighter.”
While Bethenny makes it clear her decision to leave the Housewives’ series is not yet official, she also explains why shooting her own show is more fun.
“On ‘Housewives,’ you always have to do some charity event or some big dramatic moment,” she says. “The best parts of my show are when we’re talking about nonsense. Or something so stupid. Like there are a couple things that happened on my honeymoon that are ridiculous. It’s really about the minutiae, so there’s always going to be nonsense in my life.”
In other NYC news, Jill Zarin is also denying a media report that quoted her as leaving the Real Housewives of NYC. It all started when Jill appeared on the Cooper Lawrence Radio Show last week and gave the following quote: “There are compelling reasons for me not to come back and there are compelling reasons for me to come back — I feel I was totally misrepresented. And the risk is that if I come back, it could happen again.”
Some media outlets interpreted the quote as Jill wanting to quit the show, Popeater is however reporting that Jill has no plans on quitting, and that Bravo has yet to decide who will be returning for the all new season of the NYC Housewives.
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The 38-year-old mother of four declares she likes her “body better now!” since having her children. Teresa also credits her breast implants for helping her feel confident in a bikini. “I just got them done last summer, so this is my first time wearing a bikini and I have to say, this is the happiest I have ever been with my body. I feel like I have the whole package!”
Teresa, who’s been married to hubby Joe Giudice for 10 years explains how a “healthy Italian diet,” gym workouts and running after her kids has helped her get into tip-top shape for the summer.
You look amazing! How much do you weigh now?
Well, I hardly ever weigh myself, but I do fit back into most of the clothes I wore before I had Audriana. I think I’m a 27 jean size and size 4 in dresses.
Did you diet to lose the baby weight so fast?
No! I’m never on a diet. I always eat what I want. When I was pregnant, I had to eat anything that was in front of my face. It’s an Italian thing — they say if you see something and don’t eat it, your baby will get a birthmark!
What part of your body do you like the most?
I love my new boobies, but if I had to pick between an ass or boobs, I’d have to say my ass is more important to me. I’m proud of my bubble butt!
More bikini shots of Teresa below.
In other housewives news, a new episode of Bethenny’s Getting Married? (really hate dislike that darn question mark) is airing tonight. In a different kind of March madness, Bethenny Frankel tries to get some planning done but it’s hard when she competes with March Madness for Jason’s attention. A preview clip is below.
Reality show bitch villain Omarosais dishing about her life in a new interview with Vibe.
The 36-year-old star of her dating show, The Ultimate Merger, opens up about her past marriage, her calling to be a minister and also discusses her infamous feud with Bethenny Frankel of the Real Housewives of NYC.
And despite being photographed at various events with actor Michael Clarke Duncan, Omarosa claims she is still dating the winner of her show.
Excerpts from her interview below -
In all your press over the years nobody ever mentioned that you’re Nigerian. What does your name mean?
My full name is Omorosaonee; it’s a Yoruba name that means, ‘my beautiful child desired.’ My father’s family is Nigerian my mother is American. I do recognize where I’m from and my lineage. I mean you look at my cheekbones, you look at my fierce fighting spirit and attitude—you know exactly where I’m from. I went to Nigeria three years ago and did a whole press tour there for about three weeks and helped to launch an ApprenticeAfrica. It was pretty exciting.
When we first met you on Season 1 of The Apprentice you wanted to work for Donald Trump, when did you discover you wanted to be a minister?
I got my calling two years ago, I didn’t respond to my call immediately but that’s when I got it. I absolutely want to be a minister. I’ve been doing missionary work around the world for the last five years; work in Haiti and for the homeless. Wherever God calls me, wherever he leads me that is where I’ll go, and if he eventually leads me to a church that’s where I’ll be.
The Ultimate Merger was completed last year, which means you’ve already shot the reunion special and found your man. I know you can’t reveal the ending but are you really saying you’ve married someone from the show?
That was my intention to find love. I went all the way in, one hundred percent [with this show.] The hardest part is not being able to be seen [in public] with the person that you ultimately chose. It’s been seven months since we’ve finished the show and we’ve [my new guy and I] have had to do some sneaking and creeping around because we can’t disclose who the winner is. So that’s been interesting.
So what would say went wrong with your first marriage?
My ex-husband and I married very young. I was 22; about to turn 23, he was in his early twenties. We were college sweethearts at Howard University and we had no clue what it took to make a marriage work. A benefit of recognizing that early enough was that we could decide amicably to go our separate ways. And we still have a good relationship.
You called Bethenny Frankel (from Bethenny’s Getting Married? and Real Housewives of New York) a “twit” recently. How did that all come about?
Bethenny Frankel was on The View and she was actually being complimented by Sherri Shepherd who said, ‘Bethenny you were on the Martha Stewart Apprentice and now you’ve got your own show and you’re doing your own thing. You’re utilizing this opportunity like Omarosa.’ And then Bethany says, ‘I’m not like Omarosa, she’s just famous for being infamous, she doesn’t have a real career I have a real career.’ It was really crazy stuff because Bethenny was a friend. She called after Martha Stewart Apprentice and asked me, ‘What can I do to extend my fifteen minutes of fame?’ Martha Stewart Apprentice had like two viewers, and The Apprentice had 28 million viewers— so who has the real career? Don’t get me started. That arrogance and the idea that [Bethenny thinks she has] this superiority [over me], it just baffles me, really baffles me. I mean this girl was a cocktail waitress five years ago; I worked in The White House. I mean really, who has the real career?
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We learn tonight about Bethenny’s first marriage, as she opens up about her divorce. It all starts when her wedding planner hunts her down in a hair salon. A still pregnant and hormonal Bethenny doesn’t seem too comfortable when the discussion turns to her previous relationships or the fact that she needs to find her divorce papers in order to get married again.
The new episode airs tonight at 10:00pm Eastern on Bravo.
“We haven’t been asked back yet. Let’s see if the show is renewed for another season and then we’ll see,” said the Countess to PEOPLE magazine. “I’m going to cross that bridge when I get to it.” Right Countess. Going to go out on a limb here and predict there’s a 100% chance LuAnn will be back for more.
LuAnn, pictured above with boyfriend Jacques Azoulay at last night’s premiere of ‘Grown Ups,’ also shares that she doesn’t have a problem with anyone on the show. And when it comes to Bethenny’s spin off, LuAnn says she is a fan. “I’ve seen it,” she said. “I think it’s great.”
Since we’re on the topic of the NYC Housewives, despite the fact that Jill Zarin has mentioned several times that she cannot understand the words that are coming out of Kelly Bensimon’s mouth, it seems the two have still managed to strike a great friendship despite the language and IQ barrier. Kelly twitted the above pic of her and her new BFF on Tuesday with the caption: “I loved lunch at World pie. I admire our friendship so much.”
Kelly then tweeted to Jill the next day, “tks for coming to watch me ride. I was proud.”
Kelly also had an interesting tweet for the website Gather which wrote a brief article about her lunch with Jill. She tweeted, “i love gather.com they wrote about @jillzarin and i having lunch. i wish they’d write about SAFE SEX and the work of AIDS Service center.”
Good to see things are still the same in Kelly lala cartwheel land. The lost episode of the NYC Housewives show airs tonight on Bravo.
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The photos, which were first leaked online 2 years ago, show the mother of two posing nude in various locations. What's a bit shocking about the pictures is that they were taken just 10 weeks after the birth of Alex’s second son Johan.
InTouch magazine did an article on the pictures two years ago during which Alex said she was not ashamed of the photos. “I’m very proud of them – they’re beautiful,” said Alex of the pics which were taken by professional photographer James Demaria.
“It was a celebration that a new mom can be in great shape,” continued Alex who said she had no regrets. “I’d happily show them to my mother or anyone else!”
What's odd is all of the photos showing actual nudity seem to have disappeared off the net. Hours spent in trying to find the gallery or any photos showing nudity only came up with deleted pages and errors. It's a safe guess Alex and hubby Simon van Kempen might have gotten their lawyers involved.
A number of photos from the shoot were however found, though Alex's bits and pieces are covered up with stars, smiley faces etc, you still get the idea of what the photos look like. Those are below and slightly NSFW.
In other NYC news, Bethenny Frankeltold PEOPLE magazine she would consider returning to the NYC Housewives for a 4th season if changes were made to the cast. “I don’t see myself going back to The Real Housewives the way that the cast is now,” said Bethenny, who also shared that she is very happy with the success of her new show and the direction her life is going in.
It's likely the cast change Bethenny is referring to would have to do with co-star Kelly Bensimon leaving the show. There seemed to be a mixed reaction to Bethenny's comment. While some fans are saying good for her, others feel Bethenny is turning up her nose at the show that made her a star.
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It is finally over. The final part of the Real Housewives of New York City reunion show aired last night, and we got some resolution to some of the biggest issues of the season.
We start off with a continuation of Kelly Bensimon’s delusions. After spewing out her bullying crap against the women, Kelly decides to do her best Jill impersonation when she decides to storm of the show, like a brat not getting her way. In all honesty, Kelly leaving the stage for those few minutes ended up being my favorite part of the show. At this point, like Ramona, I just couldn’t anymore. I mean this woman was just making up events that never happened. It was extremely frustrating as a viewer to see her take no responsibility for her actions and on top of that, just sit there and lie over and over and over again. This is why I could definitely understand why Ramona, Sonja, and Bethenny felt the need to interrupt her lies.
Bethenny sums it up best when she says, “She just makes up whatever she wants to say. She’s going to tell me she’s an African American Asian woman in a minute. And we’re like okay, no, you’re not.” Alex and Sonja echo what I’ve been saying all along, which is if there was any bullying going on during the trip, it was being done by Kelly, who continually attacked the women, interrupted their conversations, and even called them “demented” to their face because they chose to gossip about Jill.
In the midst of LuAnn snickering like a high school mean girl, we also hear once again that Kelly was sent home by the producers and did not leave the trip on her own accord, as she has claimed. Kelly returns, and I really find myself hoping she had stayed away longer. Kelly once again attacks Bethenny and claims Bethenny, who we all saw cooking numerous times during the trip, did not cook.
Sonja asks Kelly when she bullied her, during which Kelly shares that Sonja was actually a friend to her on the trip and was there for her. In addition to Sonja, I find myself asking when did Alex bully Kelly on this trip? What we saw was Kelly randomly unleash a verbal attack on Alex, telling her she looked like a vampire and was channeling the devil.
It seems when Kelly doesn’t like what the other women are saying ,she attacks them. Kelly accuses Sonja of drinking too much, thus not remembering the systematic bullying she was a part of. She then tells Ramona her blood type is Pinot Grigio. Kelly accuses the women of being hateful and jealous of her, and at this point, I’m all but tired of listening to this insane rambling. Fortunately, we get a commercial break.
Wanted to add the following quote made by a commenter yesterday. MamaSays had the following to say –
“Every time they show a clip of someone addressing how fragile or crazy Kelly is in her presence she is seen nodding or looking a little vulnerable. This tells me that she is accustomed to having people discuss her mental state in front of her and, to me at least. shows that this is something that has occurred at least a few times before.”
Amazing insight by this reader. How many times was Kelly called crazy to her face? How many times did she appear physcially upset or even deny being crazy? I agree that at age 42, there’s about a 100% chance Scary Island wasn’t the first time Kelly had an “episode.”
Next up is Jill, and the topic of Jill getting kicked off Scary Island is brought up. Jill is ready to once again go into victim mode. Sonja speaks out, and unlike Kelly, actually makes sense. Sonja doesn’t believe Jill was sincere in coming on the trip to make up with Bethenny. Why? Well for one, Bethenny only lived a block away from Jill back in NYC. You know, a trip that would only have required 10 minutes of her time, and not 9 hours.
Victim Jill continues, “And by the way Ramona, thanks for asking me or Bobby if we wanted a drink of water or bathroom cause after nine hours of traveling….” said Jill, who earlier claimed she flew via a private jet. Apparently, private jets don’t offer water or bathrooms, and neither do airports. The only victim in this situation is Bawbee, who allowed his wife to drag him into this mess.
Jill, who by this point has watched Kelly’s off the wall behavior in St. John, now informs us she can relate to Kelly because of the way she was also treated by the bullies. Jill’s odd defense for Kelly didn’t end at the reunion show, as weeks later, she did an interview during which she compared Kelly’s bullying plight to that of Phoebe Prince. In case you’re wondering, Phoebe is the teenage girl who took her life this year because she was being bullied her some of her high school peers. Yes, Jill went there. But back to the show, for some reason, Jill decides Alex is to blame for the public backlash against her, the BP oil spill, and of course being kicked off St. John by Ramona. I’m guessing Jill’s four media consultants advised her to attack Alex and defend the crazy woman at all costs.
Kelly accuses Alex of being an actress and faking her anxiety at seeing Jill in St. John, and at this point, I really just want this woman to zip it, so that I can hear the sane people arguing. Jill apologizes to Ramona and Ramona appears to accept, despite Jill’s blog on Monday accusing her co-stars of not forgiving her. Jill takes things up a notch when she breaks out the crocodile tears and decides to proclaim that being kicked of Scary Island was “the most painful thing I ever experienced in my life.” Really Jill? More painful than Bobby’s cancer? And if at this point, anyone is still buying this woman’s act, then well I don’t know what to tell ya…
It’s now LuAnn‘s turn in the hot seat and the first part that stands out is when Andy asks LuAnn if her former husband, Count Alex de Lesseps, does not like jews. This is basically Andy asking LuAnn if the Count is Anti Semitic. One would expect LuAnn’s answer to be a definite NO, but the way LuAnn answers this question is rather interesting. “Umm I would say that umm, it’s not that he disliked Jews, he just umm would be surprised umm if I was with somebody Jewish.” Those, my folks, were the exact words that came out of LuAnn’s mouth. The bizarro look on Andy Cohen’s face says it all, so I will move on.
What can we expect tonight? Well we will get to see a continuation of Kelly Bensimon’s nonsensical explanation for her behavior on the St. John trip. Kelly will continue to blame it all on systematic bullying and we will see a frustrated Sonja Morgan deny Kelly’s claims of bullying. Also in the hot seat tonight will be Countess LuAnn.
Kelly also appeared on E! News yesterday evening and when asked if she would like to return for another season, Kelly was surprisingly open to the idea, saying her 12-year old daughter wants her to return. Interesting answer by Kelly, who has blamed Bravo for editing her to appear crazy during the trip. Evidently in Kelly lala cartwheel land, when a network falsely edits you out to be a lunatic, it only makes sense to want to come back for more.
Below is a preview clip of tonight’s show, during which we get to see Kelly admit that Sonja was a friend to her on the trip. “I have to apologize because you were the only one that I was hanging out with, and throughout the whole thing, you were actually the only one that was fun,”Kelly says to Sonja.
Does this mean Sonja wasn’t part of the four who systematically bullied her? Well Kelly doesn’t stop there. The gentle defenseless bullying victim somehow found the courage to unleash some verbal attacks against her co-stars.
“Your blood type is Pinot Grigio,” says Kelly to Ramona . And when Sonja denied Kelly was bullied on the trip, Kelly had the following reply: “Sonja… Sonja, you were drinking a lot. The entire time, too.”
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