Absolutely nothing the public says can get Bethenny Frankel rattled these days, she says. A hot-and-cold figure as a returning cast member of the Real Housewives of New York this season, Bethenny has “given up caring what people think of her,” according to Page Six. “The line for my personal private life has been so blurred,” says Bethenny, that she has basically become immune to the comments swirling around her. Especially when it comes to her messy divorce from Jason Hoppy, who she is now forced to pay $26,000 a month, plus $100,000 in lawyer fees as part of their divorce settlement.
Despite the media’s often negative depiction of Bethenny as a wife, business woman, and even a mother, the Skinnygirl mogul says she’s become numb to bad press. “It’s great because it’s created a Teflon around me that I don’t even notice it. Nobody could say anything bad about me that would really affect me.” Claiming that her persona on RHONY is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get scenario, Bethenny says she not a person who tries “to manufacture who they are. I’m honest, and that’s why I’ve been successful at it.”
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More fodder for talk is Bethenny’s love life, which includes being seen “out on dates over the weekend with Michael Toppel — a divorced dad from Boca Raton, Fla.” The pair were seen at Bar Pitti in Greenwich Village and Zuma on Madison Avenue. A “pal” of Bethenny’s tells Page Six that the couple are “just friends” though. Bethenny parted ways with boyfriend Michael Cerussi III in March and has been rumored to be on-again off-again with mogul Warren Lichtenstein, but sources say Warren and Bethenny have been nothing more than good friends – without benefits! – for roughly 20 years.
Hitting the NY Time bestseller list last week for her advice book, “I Suck At Relationships So You Don’t Have To,” Bethenny is riding high on her continued business success. But will she take her own relationship advice?
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