Bethenny Frankel keeps on shocking Real Housewives of New York fans.
The 48-year-old reality star recently exited the series ahead of its upcoming 12th season, which came as a surprise given that the fan favorite has been part of the Bravo hit since 2008, though she left in 2010 before rejoining in 2015. On Friday, she tweeted a message for her former castmates that also revealed her marriage status.
“To my NY hwives: GO GET EM! I had to go since I’m the only one that is actually married…that’s how crazy this ride is,” she wrote. “You are all amazing, beautiful and strong. Spread your wings and fly! Xoxo @ramonasinger @[email protected] @SonjatMorgan @dorindamedley.”
Frankel is currently dating Paul Bernon, but the two are not married. It turns out that she is still legally married to her estranged husband, Jason Hoppy, with whom she shares her 9-year-old daughter, Bryn. In a statement to ET, Hoppy’s lawyer says, “Jason and Bethenny are still technically married.”
Hoppy’s lawyer also claims that it’s Frankel’s lawyers who have been holding up the divorce.
“While Jason has been pushing for years to have the judge sign the divorce judgment, it’s Bethenny’s lawyers who’ve objected,” the statement continues.
ET has reached out to Frankel’s lawyers for comment.
Frankel and Hoppy separated after two years of marriage in December 2012, and it was previously thought that their divorce was finalized in July 2016. Hoppy’s attorney, Bernard Clair, told ET at the time that the couple’s split has “finally been resolved” and that Hoppy was “thrilled that this chapter of his life is over.”
Of course, Frankel and Hoppy’s split hasn’t been amicable. Hoppy was arrested in January 2017 and charged with harassment in the first degree and stalking in the fourth degree for allegedly contacting Frankel numerous times via email and FaceTime, and making verbal threats toward her. In October 2017, he eventually accepted a plea deal that stipulated that if he abides by the order of protection and has no arrests for six months, the case will be dismissed and sealed. Two months later, Frankel sued Hoppy for full custody of Bryn.
Meanwhile, two sources connected to the RHONY cast tell ET that Frankel’s recent exit from the show was a shock to the other cast members. The two sources claim that the cast members were not given a head’s up that Frankel was exiting the show and found out about it in the press.
In a statement to ET about her departure, Frankel said she was exploring her next chapter.
“It’s time to move on and focus on my daughter, my philanthropy and my production partnership with Mark Burnett, producing and starring in shows which represent a shift in the conversation for women,” the statement read. “With the changes in modern culture, I want to highlight the strength, confidence, and unstoppable power that women have. My experience at Bravo has been an incredibly magical ride. I am so grateful to them for highlighting my entrepreneurialism and allowing me to pave the way for many women to achieve their goals. I am excited for my future. The best is yet to come.”
12 PHOTOSJason Hoppy and Bethenny Frankel in happier timesSee GalleryJason Hoppy and Bethenny Frankel in happier timesNEW YORK, NY – MARCH 12: Bethenny Frankel (R) and Jason Hoppy are seen on March 12, 2012 in New York City.(Photo by Mario Magnani/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 24:(L-R) Bethenny Frankel, Jason Hoppy and Nari Gill attend SELF Magazine Celebrates Cover Star Bethenny Frankel at Beauty & Essex on April 24, 2012 in New York City.(Photo by Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty Images for SELF Magazine)BETHENNY EVER AFTER — ‘Paradise Found” Episode 310 — Pictured: (l-r) Jason Hoppy, Bethenny Frankel — (Photo by: Luke Inman/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)BETHENNY EVER AFTER — ”Aspen-ational’ Episode 313 — Pictured: (l-r) Bethenny Frankel, Jason Hoppy — (Photo by: Zach Ornitz/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 02: Jason Hoppy and Bethenny Frankel are seen with daughter Bryn Hoppy on the streets of Manhattan on January 2, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)NEW YORK, NY – MAY 25:(L to R) TV personalities Jason Hoppy, Bethenny Frankel, and Bryn Hoppy play in a Tribeca park on May 25, 2011 in New York City.(Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)ï¿½2010 GAMEPIKS Bethenny Frankel and her husband Jason Hoppy sit courtside as they attend the Los Angeles Lakers/Sacramento Kings NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 3, 2010. The Lakers defeated the Kings 113-80 to end their four-game losing streak. XYZ (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)BETHENNY EVER AFTER — ‘I Need Some Lovinï¿½( From My Oven’ Episode 208 — Pictured: (l-r) Bethenny Frankel, Jason Hoppy(Photo by Isabella Vosmikova/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)BETHENNY EVER AFTER — ‘Paradise Found” Episode 310 — Pictured: (l-r) Jason Hoppy, Bethenny Frankel — (Photo by: Luke Inman/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)MIAMI – FEBRUARY 27:Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy are seen on the beach on February 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo By Fred Hernandez/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)ï¿½2010 GAMEPIKS Bethenny Frankel and her husband Jason Hoppy sit courtside as they attend the Los Angeles Lakers/Sacramento Kings NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 3, 2010. The Lakers defeated the Kings 113-80 to end their four-game losing streak. XYZ (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)BETHENNY EVER AFTER — ‘Skinny Girl Event’ — Pictured: (center l-r) Bethenny Frankel, Jason Hoppy(Photo by Barbara Nitke/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)Up Next
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