You know it's a serious reality star divorce when everyone from lawyers to money mag writers are talking to any and all media outlets. It certainly won't be the last we hear about the divorce proceedings between Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy.
Speaking to Celebuzz, celebrity attorney Raoul Felder gives his take on the Bethenny Ever After star's divorce. Known as the "Duke of Divorce," Raoul is not representing Bethenny, but he understands why she came out of the gate with such strong demands, including primary physical custody of Bryn, child support, and medical expenses. She can always compromise, but if she doesn't ask for certain things right out of the gate, she can't ask for them later. He shares, “There was nothing unusual here as she was claiming everything (in a bid) to protect herself, but things will change as the divorce progresses.”
He adds, “I understand they had a pre-nuptial agreement but Bethenny Frankel is very shrewd and she will not want to run up huge attorney’s fees and court costs in a protracted divorce. She will try and thrash-out an amicable deal and end this marriage in a quick and clean fashion. She was obviously unhappy in her marriage and called time on that and is now moving on the best way she can.”
Days after filing for divorce from Jason Hoppy, the woe-is-me publicity tour begins for Bethenny Frankel. Who didn't see this one coming?! While Jason has remained mum about the details surrounding their separation, the Bethenny Ever After star who claims she's tired of living in the spotlight is disproving her point by beginning a torrent of media appearances.
First up Bethenny's made-for-TV friend and talk show benefactress Ellen! Bethenny sat down with Ellen today where the 42-year-old bawled about marriage not being a fairy tale and fame letting her down. Get your tissues ready. #sarcasm!
A weepy Bethenny announced that she feels like a failure for lasting a paltry three-years in her marriage. "I feel like a bit of a disappointment to all of you and I feel like a failure."
Most disappointing to Bethenny is the unfortunate realization that life is not a fairytale. "I really put it out there. I wanted the fairytale," she revealed.
Bethenny Frankel is using twitter as a medium to communicate with her fans in the wake of her divorce from Jason Hoppy. In lieu of doing interviews, she's letting "sources" and the media make claims that this was a very hard decision for her and that she is in despair over ending her marriage.
One month after announcing her separation, she filed for divorce, and wasted no time in requesting full custody of daughter Bryn, child support, medical and dental insurance, and to be listed as a beneficiary on Jason's life insurance policy.
When the media and the public got wind of her demands the blogs and internet erupted with comments. And apparently Bethenny, who made a business of plastering her life all over the place on Bethenny Ever After, is frustrated by the reactions she's getting.
"I need a little break from unsolicited advice today. Let's all just lighten it up even if just for a few hours," she tweeted hours after the story broke.
Just two weeks after announcing their split, Bethenny pulled the trigger and officially filed for divorce. Today we learned that in those papers, Bethenny is asking for several things from Jason – including child support and life insurance.
According to reports, the former Mrs. Hoppy is asking that Jason pay child support for their daughter Bryn, along with medical, dental, optical, therapeutic, and orthodontic expenses for Bryn AND herself. Bethenny also wants Jason to have a life insurance policy that names her and Bryn as beneficiaries.
If you had told me when Bethenny Frankeldecided to marry Jason Hoppy just in time for her to get a spin-off, that those crazy kids weren't going to go the distance, I would have laughed in your face. When I watched said spin-off's spin-off Bethenny Ever After and saw how the couple treated one another, I thought, how cute…they are playing to the cameras. If I had a dollar for every time a divorce rumor surfaced that Bethenny promptly squashed, I'd have a lot of money. Color me shocked that this two year marriage didn't last!
Forgive my sarcasm. They are no doubt going through a very hard time, and they have to do it in the public eye. I feel badly for both of them, because I do think they were in love. I also think that Bethenny wanted a child, and Jason got tired of playing second fiddle to her career. I won't play arm chair psychiatrist, but everybody loses in this divorce.
Those closest to the couple think that Bethenny and Jason will keep the divorce civil and focus on daughter Bryn. None of their friends expect any sort of custody battle.
After longtime speculation that Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy wouldn't make it through the third year of marriage following a rocky and difficult second year featured on Bethenny Ever After, Bethenny finally announced the couple was separating.
The shocking part of the announcement was the timing! Bethennyrevealed the split two days before Christmas.
Bethenny has been coy about her relationship with Jason for months, even skirting the issue on a recent WWHL appearance. Multiple reports emerged that the couple broke up around Thanksgiving when they spent the holiday separately. Jason has been conspicuously absent from photos and Bethenny's twitter in recent months as well.
Many wonder why Bethenny waited so long to reveal that her marriage was over – and just why she timed it so close to the holidays? While I suspected it was so the news would get less attention in the wake of holiday related events, according to RadarOnline Bethenny just couldn't keep their separation a secret from friends and family any longer! She really expects us to believe their friends and family weren't aware they haven't been together for over a month? Ok then…
"Jason wanted to wait till after the holidays were over but Bethenny insisted that she could not carry on the charade of pretending to be a happy couple any longer, especially not in front of their closest friends and family," the source explains. "Basically, in the end Bethenny decided, no more secrets and lies – let's get it out in the open, for better or for worse."
Bethenny released a statement this afternoon to confirm the break up news.
"It brings me great sadness to say that Jason and I are separating. This was an extremely difficult decision that as a woman and a mother, I have to accept as the best choice for our family. We have love and respect for one another and will continue to amicably co-parent our daughter who is and will always remain our first priority. This is an immensely painful and heartbreaking time for us."
Bethenny also took to Twitter to express her sadness.
Bethenny and Jason have been together since 2008 and have one child together, daughter Bryn Hoppy, 2.