September 3, 2013: Bethenny Frankel Comments on Divorce Battle
American television personality Bethenny Frankel, 42, has been battling her husband Jason Hoppy, 41, in divorce court over the custody of their 3-year-old daughter, Bryn, since she filed for divorce in January 2013. Frankel released a statement at the time of their split claiming that she and her husband, “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.” The divorce has turned ugly however, with chastising by a judge telling the couple to “stop bickering like school children,” warning that their actions were harming their child.
Both Frankel and her husband continue to live in their Tribeca, New York City apartment that they moved into as a family, with neither partner willing to be the first to move out. Hoppy is seeking child support and primary custody of their daughter, accusing Frankel of stopping him from seeing Bryn. Further, he doesn’t want the child to appear on her mother’s upcoming talk show. The couple signed a prenuptial agreement in 2010 when they married, which will keep Frankel’s $25 million fortune from being split in the proceedings.
Frankel has been fairly open about the situation on social media and interviews, saying that it wasn’t “until I became a mom and also going through a divorce did I realize how we’re all kind of hanging on by a thread.” She told Life & Style magazine that “It’s difficult to stay sane” during the divorce proceedings. “I was married, and now I’m single. I think we’re always trying to find who we are.” Frankel’s latest book, “Skinnygirl Solutions,” gives personal and professional advice for modern women on how to live right, with extra tips for the socialite lifestyle, and is only one of her recent entrepreneurial endeavors. Additionally, Frankel is finding support from her fans during her national “Calling All My Girls” tour, a preparation for her new show, “Bethenny” premiering September 9, 2013. As she writes in her latest book, “I’ve had four best-selling books, but it’s the talk show that makes me feel like a success.” No matter the divorce complications, Frankel continues to look forward with positivity; “Whatever I’m going through now, I’m certain that I’ll learn something from it. When the clouds pass, I will figure out what the silver lining was.”