Bethenny Frankel Divorce Drama Heats Up


By David PerelExecutive Vice President/Managing Editor radio detection and ranging

The real-life drama surrounding Bethenny Frankel’s marriage is getting more intense as the star refuses to deny a report she is divorcing.

As radio detection and revealed earlier this week, Frankel and Jason Hoppy, her husband of two years, are on the verge of getting a divorce, according to an article in the new issue of Star magazine. Both have reportedly seen divorce lawyers.

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Several small web sites have quoted anonymous sources denying that divorce is imminent but interestingly Frankel did not issue a denial when asked directly. In fact, she evaded the question.

“r u getting a divorce” Bethenny was asked on Twitter. Her coy reply: “We’re going to talk about everything on my show.”

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Frankel has a one-hour talk show that debuts June 11 in only six markets. reported exclusively that the couple signed a prenup and modified the agreement slightly after they were married.  “The prenup clearly outlines that ALL of Bethenny’s business deals, endorsements, Skinnygirl, are hers,” an insider said. “The prenup was modified after the couple got married, but Skinnygirl is and always will be Bethenny’s, and Jason waived any rights to it.”

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Bethenny has grown extremely close to her Skinnygirl business partner Matt Hesse, according to the Star magazine report.

An eyewitness described their behavior at Philippe restaurant in New York city three months ago: “They walked through the restaurant with his chest pressed up against her back, and she leaned back and he whispered in her ear. Then, they went up the stairs to a private dining area together, literally with their arms wrapped around each other.”

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The former Real Housewives of New York City star has made a fortune from her Skinnygirl line and may be fanning the marriage-in-trouble buzz to help draw viewers to her talk show.

But if the couple does split, there is a $ 100 million fortune at stake and one person who will not be surprised by a divorce is Bethenny’s mom!

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“This was dead in the water even before it began,” Bernadette Burke told Star. “His (Jason’s) problem is he’s too nice, and she’ll grab another nice one. He is replaceable. Nice is boring, and Bethenny gets bored with nice,” Bethenny and Jason, who married in March 2010, have a 2-year-old daughter named Bryn.


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