Bethenny Frankel filed for divorce from Jason Hoppy in December – an experience she thinks is definitely the most difficult thing she’s ever been through or will ever go through in her entire life. But the difficulty doesn’t end there – she’s still living with him in their NYC apartment while they hash out the details in court. Awkward!
“My living situation is very, very stressful,” Frankel, 41, tells PEOPLE in the new issue, on stands Friday. “I don’t think it’s very healthy for anyone involved. It’s very upsetting. You just have to endure it.”
But because it hasn’t been decided who will get the home, they both have a right to live there and so they do.
Hoppy (who declined to comment for the story) has also continued wearing his wedding ring in public, a decision that Frankel finds both irksome and baffling. “It’s an interesting choice,” she says, diplomatically. “And I don’t understand it.”
Now, as Frankel and Hoppy continue to argue over assets, custody (they’re both asking for primary custody of Bryn) and the rights to the home, Frankel says they’re artfully avoiding each other and focusing their attention on their daughter.
“I can’t believe I don’t get to be with her every day,” Frankel says. “And yet, when we were together, all three of us, the dynamic wasn’t good. It wasn’t healthy. That energy wasn’t good for her to be around.”
Regardless of whether or not they haven’t decided who’s keeping the apartment long-term, couldn’t one or the other of them sublet a place for now? They’ve got enough money to do so, they’re both just being stubborn, so they only have themselves to blame on that one, I’d say.
As for Hoppy’s “interesting choice” to wear his wedding ring, she could just… ask him? You know, since they’re sharing the same apartment day in and day out. You might avoid each other, but chances are there’s at least one awkward run-in every couple of days.
When Bethenny and Hoppy from The Real Housewives of New York got together, everyone thought it was true love (well, you know). They were perfect together! He was successful in his own right and totally not put off by her ambitions and they just gelled well. Unfortunately that love came to an end last year and the pair decided to divorce – a decision which Bethenny has admitted was the most difficult in her life.
From Good Day New York:
“It’s rough. I have to say, divorce is the most difficult thing you could ever go through in your entire life.”
“It’s just a brutal unnatural situation and you sort of end up in a situation you thought you’d never be in.”
Well, yeah. I break down in tears over a fight about what’s for dinner, so coping with ending a relationship with the person you wanted to spend your life with would probably finish me off for good.
You can listen to Bethenny discuss her divorce below and talk in the comments about how much worse RHONY is without her (cos, come on, it so is).
I haven’t really gotten into how much I LOVE me some Bethenny Frankel on here yet, but now’s the perfect time because homegirl is getting sued for a cool $100 million.
As you’ve probably heard by now, she recently sold her company, SkinnyGirl, for $120 million dollars. That’s a lot of money for just about any self-made business woman (or anyone,) but for a Real Housewife? Good luck trying to top that, Jill Zarin of Zarin Fabrics.
Now that she’s made bank, all the sneaky little rodents who helped her out along the way are crawling back out of their gutters to try and grab a piece of her fortune, and one ex-manager is coming after her for $100 million, saying that since he was the one who introduced her to the liquor reps she grew SkinnyGirl with, he’s responsible for her success.
Bethenny released a statement today, and in true baller-ass bitch fashion, she brought it. She said, “Life is good for me with all the things that are most important, namely family. But let’s be clear, I am a strong woman, and I am not afraid and won’t back down when I’m bullied by something with zero merit. Success is earned by hard work, not taking advantage of others. Unfortunately, one of the signs of success is being the subject of frivolous lawsuits, like this one. This is simply someone with his hand out, who did nothing to earn it, and I am not going to be bullied.”
Damn. She later added, “We are exploring all of our options, including filing counterclaims against these people.”
You GO, Bethenny. I couldn’t be happier for her, her adorable husband Jason or her baby if I tried. Can’t wait to see her shut down this cretin in court.