Man, sometimes reality bites. And sometimes, it bites back. So seems to be the case with former Real Housewives-turned-breakout-star, Bethenny Frankel, who announced Sunday that her marriage of nearly 3 years to Jason Hoppy, is ending. A rep for the mogul confirmed the news to Hollywood.com
"It brings me great sadness to say that Jason and I are separating," Frankel explained in a statement. "This was an extremely difficult decision that as a woman and a mother, I have to accept as the best choice for our family. We 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. This is an immensely painful and heartbreaking time for us."
Frankel is most notably known for her stint on The Real Housewives of New York, her former television homestead on Bravo, but broke out on her own when the rise in popularity from her Skinnygirl line of products took off. Since then, she has gone on to pen four books, star in two shows on Bravo (Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After) before striking out on her own on a nationally-syndicated talk show, named (you guessed it! you smartypants!): Bethenny. The mom of 2-year-old Bryn Hoppy took to Twitter early Sunday to share her grief.
I am heartbroken. I am sad. We will work through this as a family.— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) December 23, 2012
Hollywood.com has reached out for comment from Jill Zarin (because obviously), but had yet to hear back at the time of publication.
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Bethenny Frankel has taken her first swing at the big leagues. Sure, the 41-year-old housewife/reality star/author/entrepreneur already has three best-selling books — Naturally Thin, The Skinnygirl, and A Place of Yes — but those were dieting and a self-help books, respectively. Now, she's attempting to break into the fiction world with her new novel, Skinnydipping, on sale May 1. But while her book is about Faith Brightstone, a failed actress who later finds fame in reality television, Frankel actually seems to be throwing her own life onto the pages.
Frankel takes her dog, Cookie, nearly everywhere she goes. The pup was even the guest of honor at her wedding to Jason Hoppy in March 2010. In Skinnydipping, we meet Muffin — the beloved stray Faith takes home and adopts as her own. A tasty coincidence? Doubtful.
Frankel's Former Housewife BFF Jill Zarin
In the second part of the book, Faith becomes close friends with a woman named Shari Jacobs, who eventually betrays her. We won't give too much away about Shari, but we have to do our due diligence and point out a few similarities between her and Zarin. Both are housewives. Zarin's husband Bobby owns a successful fabric store in Manhattan (Zarin Fabrics); Shari's husband also works in home decor as the owner of a large flower import/design center. But the best comparison we have to leave for you to read: The description of Zarin's, er, Shari's outspoken personality and, of course, the ultimate betrayal that destroys her friendship with Frankel, er, Faith seems straight out of RHONY.
Frankel in Skating with the Stars.
In the first section of Skinnydipping, Faith constantly brags about her ability to skate. But the morning after she drunkenly walked up three flights of stairs to hook up with a guy she just met at the bar, she's forced to do the "Skate of Shame" home. Could Frankel be alluding to how it felt to lose the shamefully bad Skating with the Stars?
More of Frankel's Housewives Costars
How could Frankel leave out Countess LuAnn de Lesseps? Seems she didn't: One of Skinnydipping's characters, Queen Monica, seems to be a fictionalization of de Lesseps — especially when you consider the fake English accent and seems to poke fun at de Lesseps' "royal" roots.
Frankel's Infamous Skinnygirl Margarita
Frankel reportedly sold her Skinnygirl cocktail line for $120 million in real life. In the book, it seems that the Skinnygirl Margarita has been turned into the "Have Faith Pink Lemonade Mojito." Faith created the drink on a whim while at a party, then refined the recipe over the years. Sound familiar? Also, Faith can't stop talking about craving a Margarita. (Product Placement?)
Frankel's stint on 'The Apprentice: Martha Stewart'
The second half of Skinnydipping seems to borrow from Frankel's often-forgotten appearance on the short-lived The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. Faith enters a reality show competition called Domestic Goddess — and the host of the the series is Sybil Hunter, who is "much more of a businesswoman than anything ... She can cook and arrange flowers but she can also run a board meeting, design a killer ad campaign, and build a billion-dollar company." At the end of the book, Sybil even faces a major lawsuit that threatens to destroy her empire. Not quite a good thing.
In real life, Frankel created a natural foods bakery and delivery service called BethennyBakes right after graduating from college. In the book, Faith creates a Vegan bakery that specializes in low-cal muffins. The business is called "Have Faith Muffins." (Hopefully, she doesn't sell her dog.)
Call this a case of art imitating life. Will you pick up Frankel's "novel"?
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