“My mother hasn’t expressed any interest in meeting Bryn, which was shocking to my husband,” says Bethenny to Parade. “Life is hopefully long, so I don’t know what the future will bring. Right now, I would say no. I only want positive energy around her for as long as possible. Life will be difficult enough before she knows it.”
This comes just days after Bethenny’s cover story with PEOPLE magazine during which she opened up about her childhood abuse. “I never had a true childhood,” she tells People. “There was a lot of destruction: alcohol abuse, eating disorders and violent fights.”
Bethenny’s father is the now deceased highly known horse trainer Bobby Frankel. According to Bethenny, Bobby walked out on she and her mother, Bernadette Birk, when she was just 4 years old. Bethenny’s mom re-married another horse trainer named John Parisella when Bethenny was 5, which led to them moving homes seven times in over 10 years. Bethenny says her father cut her off when Bernadette accused him of keeping money from them. She also says her father seemed to resent her and punish her for the actions of her mother.
Things then got hostile with Bernadette and her new husband John. “The house would be in shambles,” Bethenny says of her mom’s vicious outbursts in which she would smash “dishes, pictures, the TV — anything she could see” and physically fight with John. Bethenny says she would either have to hide in her closet or call the police to break things up.
Bethenny also sheds light on her troubles with her weight and drugs during her teen years. She began starving herself and purging at the age of 13. “I was owned by dieting,” she says. “I hated myself.” Her situation worsened when she began clubbing in her teens, drinking heavily and even doing cocaine.
As for Bethenny’s relationship with her mother today, she says the two have barely spoken in the past 10 years. Bethenny however makes it clear she is over the past and is now in a better place with her husband and daughter. “I just want to give her the life I didn’t have,” says Bethenny of baby Bryn.
While Jill Zarin has on many occasions been referred to as a “blogger’s dream” due to her many faux pas this season – think babygate, amazongate etc. Well I’m here to debunk that notion, as her co-star Kelly Bensimon is the REAL blogger’s dream.
The Real Housewives of New York City star, who might or might not be in dire need of anti-psychotic meds, is simply the gift that keeps on giving. For starters, the above picture of Kelly was taken just this week on July 7th as she attempted to hail a cab in the streets of NYC. As if the above photo as well as more nutty photos of her from the hail a cab event weren’t good enough to make a story, Kelly then proceeded to write some more nonsensical rants on her twitter page, that is of course, when she’s not busy linking non flattering articles and videos of herself to her followers.
“enjoy what the press writes. everyone needs content, let them use my tweets, youtube.com videos whatever they need. its content,” is perhaps the only tweet Kelly wrote that actually made sense. And thank you Kelly for all the crazy content you give.
It all started when some sites and blogs started writing about her insane starvation diet. You know the one she shared with Star magazine that has her eating 2 oranges for breakfast, brown rice, broccoli and tofu for lunch, and salad with shrimp for dinner, six days a week. Well she received a lot of criticism, deservedly so, for her starvation diet, which is even more unhealthy when you add in the fact that this woman runs in NYC traffic 6 – 7 times a week.
Kelly re-affirmed that she does indeed eat that diet via twitter but denied the diet is 700 calories a day as claimed by many blogs. She tweeted, “the kkb diet is am: two oranges, lunch: veggies, brown rice, and tofu with any sauce, dinner: 2 chicken breasts/salad. 7 day: off,” later adding, “texaminer. I said it was 700 calories which is humanly in possible. Sorry examiner, gotta call u out.” I’m guessing she meant to add a ‘never’ in front of said, and the examiner is a site the publishes blogs, one of which criticized her diet.
Well let’s examine the KKB diet then shall we. The calorie count comes directly from WebMD’s food calorie counter.
Breakfast – 2 oranges: 124 Calories (Medium sized orange at 62 cals per orange)
Lunch – Brown rice, tofu and broccoli: 356 Calories (1 cup Brown rice – 216 cals, 1 cup brocolli – 52 cals, 1/2 cup tofu – 88 cals)
Dinner – Salad with shrimp: 192 Calories (1.5 cup Salad with shrimp with no dressing – 106 cals, dressing – Italian, 2 Tbs – 86 cals)
Total: 672 Calories
So Kelly Bensimon eats a diet of 672 calories a day, assuming she uses 2 tablespoons of salad dressing instead of one. The 700 calories the other blogs dubbed her diet is apparently generous. “I run eveyday for 2miles and do 30 lunges on each leg,” tweeted Kelly. A 42-year-old woman who runs two miles seven days a week is only taking in 672 calories a day folks! Eating disorder anyone?
The nuttyness doesn’t end with the diet. Kelly also stated she would only return for a 4th season of the NYC Housewives “if they upgrade the cast to REAL New York A-list women.”
Below are more interesting tweets by Kelly:
“bullying doesnt discriminate. its ugly and pointless.”
“i wish they’d show the real me. kids, dogs, horses, creativity,charity,and hard work doesn”t sell. people like fighting.”
“crazy sells. noone likes the nice girl. reality tv is meant to entertain. talk shows teach/preach.”
“PLAYBOY had an outreach of 239 million. i want to do it again at 50.”
“reality tv should be about REAL people, not fabricated reality stars. its a bad example for women. i want people to aspire to greatness”
These my folks, are the worlds of a self proclaimed Colombia Columbia graduate. Really nothing else to add at this point but I do have to ask the question, does Kelly have “people” working for her? You know like a publicist or manager of some sort to advise her against making an asinine anti bullying PSA video, or tell her not to share a 700 calories a day diet with millions of people. Perhaps its time for her loved ones to step in and start feeding her, while also taking away her internet twitter access.
Bethenny Frankel also made a funny when she said this week that “The whole of NBC Universal doesn’t have enough money for me to hang out with Jill and Kelly right now.” Can you blame her? NBC Universal owns the Bravo network by the way.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON KELLY’S DIET? DO YOU THINK SHE HAS AN EATING DISORDER?
The big day has finally arrived and Bethenny Frankel is indeed getting married! A few select housewives aka Alex McCord and Ramona Singer (and plenty of awaiting paparazzi) are present as the Bride prepares to walk down the aisle. With her due date in the near future, a very pregnant Bethenny gets desperate when she needs a bathroom break too close to show time.
Tune in tonight at 10/9c on Bravo to see Bethenny and Jason exchange their vows. Photos from the big day can be seen here.
Speaking of Bethenny, though a lot of amazing things seem to be happening to her – think PEOPLE magazine cover and a hit reality show – some are starting to wonder if it’s all too much too soon.
I blogged a while back stating that watching Bethenny on BGM gave me some cringeworthy moments. I didn’t go into detail about it but the folks at NyMag.com wrote a good article asking is Bethenny to BGM what Jill Zarin was to the Real Housewives of New York City. As in is well liked Bethenny the villain of her own show?
Examples of Bethenny’s villainess behavior include asking her assistant Max Meiselto pick out her panties for her, scolding him for not having the car ready after one of her speaking arrangements, getting snappy with fiance Jason, or how about when Jason’s mom took Bethenny wedding dress shopping and tearfully told her “I finally have a daughter.” Bethenny seemed moved by her comments and teared up as well only to then turn around and act like she was doing the woman a favor, in therapy, when she stated “I could have gone on my own.”
It didn’t end there as Bethenny then held it against Jason during a later argument about how she had to take his mom dress-shopping. The writer makes an excellent point when she says Bethenny “should be thanking these people for not holding it against her that she’s dragged them onto Bravo.”
Another blogger at Chicagonow.com wrote a nice article asking “Is Bethenny Frankel being built up just to be torn down?” Bethenny seems to be at her peak right now with the husband, hit show, popularity amongst the fans, and of course the PEOPLE magazine cover. And trust folks, the People magazine cover is a HUGE deal. She’s been on the cover before but she’s never had the main cover dedicated to her. That’s a first for any Bravo reality star. In fact the only other reality stars who has had a cover story dedicated to them on People are Kate Gosselin, and some past Bacheloralums. Oh yeah, and the above picture is of Bethenny during her appearance on CBS’ Early Show today.
The article questions if the tide is turning for Bethenny as some fans are jumping ship based on what they’ve seen on BGM, you know Bethenny being a pregzilla bridezilla. Then there’s also been the negative press questioning her rapid weight loss after the birth of daughter Bryn, and the whole beef with reality villainess Omarosa.
But then again perhaps we the bloggers are over-analyzing what we see on TV. My take on this? I’m a Bethenny fan, and still like her for the moment. My fear however is those sentiments might change by the time this season of BGM ends. I hope that’s not the case. Perhaps I’m just overreacting to what is normal behavior by a hormonal pregnant lady who’s planning a wedding. But perhaps I’m not. Perhaps Bethenny is just too honest and doesn’t know where to draw the line in filming a reality show. Or perhaps she’s just a villain. I would love to hear your views and opinions on Bethenny on Bethenny Getting Married?
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS STORY AND ON BETHENNY ON BGM?
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.
TELL US: DO YOU WANT TO SEE BETHENNY AND JILL BACK FOR THE 4TH SEASON?
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?
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE LAST EPISODE AND TONIGHT’S EPISODE?
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.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY’S GETTING MARRIED AND NYC HOUSEWIVES’ LOST FOOTAGE?