Bethenny Frankel is once again on the front lines of a crisis. Since her departure from Real Housewives of New York, Bethenny has worked harder than ever to make sure her BStrong Foundation is ready to help those in need. We all remember the good work she did for the people of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, which was featured on the show. Now she’s doing the same for those suffering during the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s not hard to see how we are affected by this coronavirus. Many of us are quarantined and spending way more time with our families than we are used to. Of course, it’s a blessing to be able to slow down and pay better attention to the ones we love but I also can’t judge those who are already feeling the strain of all this extra face to face time. I keep hearing about how we are going to have a baby boom nine months from now but I’m also wondering how many relationships are going to go south over this stressful time. One relationship that isn’t suffering? Bethenny and her boyfriend, Paul Bernon.
Whether you loved her or hated her during her time on Real Housewives of New York, I think we can all agree that Bethenny Frankel is one of the most generous housewives out there. Ever since the start of her charity organization the BStrong Foundation, she has worked tirelessly to help those affected by a crisis. Her list of ongoing missions to help is vast and impressive. BStrong provided crisis relief for Hurricane Irma and Maria, along with the Amazonian, Australian and California fires. The coronavirus outbreak will be no exception.
Thanks to Bethenny, people are already getting what they need most on the ground. This is especially helpful for those who don’t have the items that they desperately need to stay safe against the fast-moving virus.
Real Housewives of New York alum Bethenny Frankel has certainly been through a lot in the past couple of years. But the death of her on-and-off boyfriend Dennis Shields in August of 2018 from a suspected drug overdose hit Bethenny hard.
During Season 11 of RHONY, Bethenny told co-star Dorinda Medley that Dennis had actually proposed, and even bought her daughter, Bryn Hoppy, a ring, too. That is just so heartbreaking.
It was a shock when “OG” Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel decided to ditch the show after Season 11. After the death of her on-and-off boyfriend Dennis Shields in 2018, a heartbroken Bethenny had found love again.
Her new love, Paul Bernon, literally saved her life during a scary allergic reaction. Bethenny’s new man is all about privacy, so her decision to leave RHONY might not have been difficult. Or else, Luann de Lessep’s relentless obsession with her cabaret show might have been a factor.
When I heard that Bethenny Frankel was leaving the Real Housewives of New York, I was a little sad. Bethenny can be audacious, self-absorbed and always seems to be surrounded by chaos, but she was also a good fit for the show. She was often spot-on in her assessments of her castmates and wasn’t afraid to address issues like Luann de Lesseps’ cabaret obsession or Ramona Singer’s rudeness.
One of Bethenny’s most admirable traits is her business acumen. Within a few years of joining RHONY, Bethenny started her Skinny Girl brand and later sold off the cocktail division of her business, reportedly for big bucks. Last season, Bethenny admitted that her life was overwhelming her and that she was considering simplifying things by selling a part of her company. Over the summer, Bethenny announced she was leaving the show to focus on her daughter, philanthropy and a production partnership with Mark Burnett. And with a more recent announcement, Bethenny continues to focus on her Skinny Girl brand.
When Bethenny Frankel announced her exit from Real Housewives of New York, some fans were sad that we would miss out on her one-liners next season. Others understood that Bethenny had to focus on her daughter, charity work, and her relationship with Paul Bernon, who seemingly had no interest in appearing on RHONY. Then, there were some people who were downright ecstatic about B’s departure. I’m looking at you, Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps.
The two of them have made several comments about Bethenny’s exit and none of them had anything to do with missing the Skinnygirl mogul. Of course, they were asked about Bethenny during a panel at BravoCon over the weekend. And, well, Ramona didn’t mince any words.
Real Housewives of New York fans know that Bethenny Frankel’s love life has been on a roller coaster most of the time she has been a cast member. In the early seasons of the show, divorced Bethenny made it clear she wanted a family. Along came Jason Hoppy, for better or worse. The two quickly became engaged, got married and had daughter Bryn Hoppy in 2010. The couple split after a few years and have been battling off and on in court ever since over everything from custody to finances. Jason was even charged with stalking Bethenny a few years ago.
Surprisingly, the former couple is still legally married as their divorce has never been finalized. Bethenny eventually moved on to an on-again, off-again relationship with Dennis Shields, which lasted for a number of years. Sadly, Dennis died in August of 2018. Since then, Bethenny has rekindled a relationship with Paul Bernon, whom she had dated briefly before. Happily for Bethenny, this relationship has lasted and appears solid.
Back in August, Real Housewives of New York’s Bethenny Frankel shocked us all when she announced that she was leaving the show ahead of Season 12. Why Bethenny? Why?
She is in a happy relationship with Paul Bernon, who is very private and probably doesn’t want to add appearing on a reality show to his resume. There is some hope for the future, since Bethenny left the show before and then later triumphantly returned.