Update: Bethenny Frankel has announced Separation from Jason Hoppy
Bethenny has told the associated press that the couple has separated after three years of marriage. Bethenny said that the separation brings her “great sadness.”
“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 said. “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.”
On her twitter feed, Bethenny just tweeted the following: “I am heartbroken. I am sad. We will work through this as a family.”
The announcement comes after weeks of leaks that the couple’s marriage was in trouble. Reality TV viewers watched as this couple fell in love, got married, had a child, and went through their first few years of marriage.
Shady Shahs? and Other News by NoMoreDrama
Tomorrow is another episode of the Shahs of Sunset. This show is turning out to be a hit for Bravo. Part of their success is timing – they are following the hugely popular Real Housewives of Atlanta, but I have to say that this cast is as crazy and over the top as any set of housewives and are holding on to the viewers.
GG is part of the success. The girl is Crazy with a capital C. She’s got the Gorga Switch. You can see her trying to hold it together and the BAM she loses it. In the second episode of the season, she nearly clawed the eyes out of castmate Asa. And last week GG got in a screaming match with her sister after her sister called her out for being lazy.
At least she’s slightly self aware. Someone tweeted this to her on twitter: “straight to your therapist office cause u need a few mins on that couch lol no seriously…no-alcohol-4-U GG”
GG’s response: “youre right. Ive been behaving and taking it easy on the booze. No more getting drunk. I hate watching myself drunk on tv. :(“
However in the same breath she almost bragged about her Crazy Behavior: ““u ain’t seen anything yet honey. My story gets more weird and I look more psycho.” “
As the season is unfolding we’re seeing that Reza is hurt that MJ is continuously siding with GG and not calling her out on her horrid behavior. He confided to us in last week’s episodes that GG had tweeted vile things about him and MJ never defended him. He was so hurt he decided to replace MJ as his business partner with Mike, and as his BFF with Asa and Lilly. Needless to say MJ is pissed.
As for GG, she’s busy retweeting vile things about Asa now.
And her take on the rest of her castmates? Lilly tweeted a photo of the cast getting ready for the Jeff Probst show. Noticing that GG was missing, someone asked her where she was. She explained she was in NY doing press and would skype in to the show. The person said good – she didn’t want the rest of the cast to leave GG out. GG’s response: “oh they did their fair share of leaving me out!!! You’ll see how shady they are this season.”
Shady? Maybe they just don’t want to be around Crazy with a capital C!
Sister Wives Season 4, Episodes 5 and 6 by BB
The family is meeting to make some decisions about certain things for their four homes, like granite and finishes. Meri has the most trouble because she has champagne taste on a beer budget. Christine is under budget and Kody says Meri will have no trouble eating up her money. Meri says she will not eliminate her French doors. She will NOT have sliding doors. She hates them. On the discussion couch, Meri sits there and tries to rationalize her selfishness, while her sister wives remain silent and look everywhere except her. I probably could not be so silent.
Meri’s dog Drake is old (12 years old) and sick. I know where this is going. They will have to make a decision about putting him down soon. Long story short, they take Drake back to the old place in Utah for his final resting place. That’s all I’m going to say about this part of the program. I will keep silent about whether I think it was time to put Drake down because I wasn’t there every day.
It’s really early in the morning and Janelle is going to the gym. She tried to do it on her own but it hasn’t worked. She has a new trainer, Sean, who she’s been working with for about a month. She had been working out with the other wives, but seems to be doing better on her own. She likes Sean because he works on the psychological part in addition to the physical part. She really wants it to work this time because her younger kids have become couch potatoes since they’ve moved to Vegas and she wants that to change. She wants to lose 100 lbs. Good for her. Janelle is my favorite of the four wives.
Christine has made a commitment to take the real estate exam for the second time. She doesn’t feel like she has the “quiet” time she needs to study for the exam. She says failing the exam the first time was one of many failures for her.
The whole family goes to the four vacant lots to see the ground breaking for their future houses. Robyn says it’s been a long time since she felt like she had a permanent home. Seeing it makes the kids believe it may be really happening and they will be happy to live next to each other again.
Kody says they have a lot of work still to do. There is still no guarantee they will be moving into these homes. I’m assuming they were approved to start construction but they still have to be approved for the actual purchase of the homes.
Christine’s daughter McKelsey wants to be a world class fashion designer. Christine, Kody and Kelsey meet with fashion designer Jennifer Henry to see what goes on in the fashion world. She has made a dress of cellophane for a location photoshoot. She asks McKelsey if she wants to assist. The model comes out in a bra and slip and Kody leaves immediately because he’s such a “gentleman.” Oh, puhleeze. They didn’t get to go to the actual photoshoot because it was so far out and they didn’t want to be in the way. The experience reinforces McKelsey’s desire to get into fashion.
Back to Christine trying to study and pass her real estate test for the second time. She’s upset that they moved to Vegas with the promise they would all be together and that didn’t happen. Each wife has been maintaining their own separate homes away from each other for two years. She needs the support of the other wives.
The day arrives for the launch of My Sisters Wives’ Closet, an online boutique. The web designer is at Robyn’s house to launch the site. They started this business because the start-up costs were so much lower than the gym they were thinking about opening. They go live and there are about 300 people onsite but nobody’s buying anything. Meri was totally expecting for people to be purchasing immediately. Some of the feedback they are getting is that the jewelry pieces are too expensive. They got 28 orders. They have big hopes for the business and they are depending on making money to get the four homes and to send kids to college. Maybe it’s just me, but you’d better believe I’d know pretty much how I was going to pay for these four houses B BEFORE I started building them. It’s hard for me to fathom the Browns banking their financial future on this on-line boutique.
Christine is leaving to take her real estate exam. The rest of the family is going to hang out at the park to wait for Christine to tell them if she passed the exam. She didn’t pass her practice test and they are nervously awaiting the results. She passed. On the discussion couch, Christine voices her frustration that she got no assistance while trying to prepare for the exam. She feels like they are failing as a family right now. Meri doesn’t think they are a failure as long as they continue to work on it. Christine wants to ensure they are together in the four houses and that’s why she wants to make money in the real estate business. She sees herself selling a house and getting a big commission check. I hope Christine realizes that you actually have to get out there and hustle in the real estate biz, especially in today’s market. I hope she gets more support from the others while she’s trying to make a go of it.
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