Bethenny Frankel, Hubby Separating

Split with Jason Hoppy brings her 'great sadness,' reality star says

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 24, 2012 5:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Bethenny Frankel, former Real Housewife of New York City, may be about to become a Real House Ex-Wife of New York City. She and husband Jason Hoppy are splitting up, she tells the AP. "This was an extremely difficult decision that as a woman and a mother, I have to accept as the best choice for our family," Frankel says. "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."

Daughter Bryn was born in 2010, the year Frankel and Hoppy married. Apparently documenting your courtship and marriage on TV for an audience of millions is no guarantee the union will last, because Frankel and Hoppy had not one but two reality series based on just that: Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After... The split comes after months of rumors of marriage trouble, People notes. But Radar adds that the separation, recommended by Frankel's therapist, is meant to ultimately save the relationship and that Frankel is committed to doing just that.

This April 4, 2012 file photo shows TV personality Bethenny Frankel at the Bravo network 2012 upfront presentation in New York.
This April 4, 2012 file photo shows TV personality Bethenny Frankel at the Bravo network 2012 upfront presentation in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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