Bethenny Frankel & Jason Hoppy separate after 2 years of marriage

I really don’t understand how Bethenny Frankel warrants her own Us Weekly cover story. I mean, it’s sad that Bethenny and Jason Hoppy are separating (and now going through a quickie divorce), but it’s not shocking. There have been rumors about their marriage problems for weeks, for months. They were reportedly living apart for the better part of 2012. They were rarely photographed together. They were only married for TWO YEARS. Plus, she’s crazy! How is this shocking or scandalous (or sympathetic) enough to get an Us Weekly cover?

Anyway, since we’ve had a couple of requests for coverage of this story, here you go. Over the weekend, Bethenny announced the separation. He’s 41. She’s 42. They are parents to a 2-year-old girl named Brynn. Bethenny has more money than Jason, so if there’s going to be a financial settlement, I suspect she’ll be paying HIM. She first issued a statement to Us Weekly, saying: “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.” Then she tweeted, “I am heartbroken. I am sad. We will work through this as a family Thank you all so much. You give me so much love, and I am so grateful. It feels like your words could get someone through anything.” And here’s a snippet from Us Weekly’s cover story:

Fans of Bethenny Ever After know that there was plenty of drama and conflict in Bethenny Frankel’s marriage to Jason Hoppy — but there was no third party involved when the spouses of nearly three years announced their split Dec. 23.

“No one cheated,” a Frankel friend shares in the new issue of Us Weekly, out now.

“They’re both devastated,” the friend continues of Frankel, 42, and pharmaceutical sales exec Hoppy, 41, who share daughter Bryn, 2. And although the pair butted heads — over Frankel’s staggering financial success and Hoppy’s family — “they really tried,” the pal says. “They grew apart. She is very upset.”

Indeed, Frankel — who has gone from reality star to bestselling author, talk show host and head of the Skinnygirl company — “feels like she disappointed herself,” another source says. “She disappointed her daughter and she disappointed her fans.”

[From Us Weekly]

My take continues to be that Bethenny is kind of crazy and really, really high-maintenance, and Jason just got tired of it. I don’t know if he was fooling around, but if there’s some jumpoff waiting in the wings for him, I wouldn’t be surprised. And neither should Bethenny, because word is that she and Jason haven’t lived in the same house together in six months.

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  1. Blannie says:

    I loved Bethenny on RHONY. Now, not so much. I feel sorry for Jason for getting tied up with her crazy. And now Bryn will be the one to suffer long-term.

    Bethenny still hasn’t learned that money and fame can’t buy her the happiness and fulfillment she’s seeking. Jason represented a better option, but she’s throwing it away for the shiny ball of fame. I predict she’ll regret it in the long run.

    • Kaye says:

      I totally agree with Blannie. I was hoping that Bethany would accept Jason for the loving, confident, handsome and tender family man that is his. She has said herself she had a bad childhood and didn’t want to do that to her daughter … So… why is she leaving the solid man in Bryn’s life? For that matterm, the solid man in her own life. Money will never buy Bethany happiness; neither will success. A successful woman finds that she can be successful and still give up some control when it comes to a loving family. Bethany’s just a drama queen who is never going to be satisfied. So sad; she is forcing Bryn to endure the same childhood she suffered.

    • Smurf says:

      I totally agree! She will learn the hard way.. As for Jason, I really hope he finds a sweet girl who will treat him better. I feel bad for him.

  2. BELLA says:

    This women is dreadful..who cares,no talent and go away .

  3. lisa2 says:

    Well when a marriage ends it didn’t end the day it was announced. Sad that her marriage is over. But reality shows are not good for any marriage. I think too because you get to see your life in playback. I’m sure they both saw things in the playback that made then think why am I here. He seemed like a good man. And she finally had the life she said she wanted. Husband/child family. Well I guess it looks good on paper and in a dream, but the reality is it takes work and compromise.

    Seriously…I forgot that the tabloids were out this week. The don’t take a break even at Christmas.

  4. Miss You Enclave24 says:

    Jason will be fine….are we sure he’s not gay?

  5. Lisa says:

    I agree with your assessment. She is high-strung and high maintenance and that gets old fast. Doubt they would have married if they didn’t have a baby on the way.

  6. bros says:

    she needed to upgrade her therapist and stop filming their life. jason was a good dude and put up with too much of her BS.

    • Stellax2 says:

      I agree regarding the therapist. I’m a licensed Ph.D and would never ever allow cameras into my practice. I don’t care who walked thru the bloody door.

      I liked her in the RH a bit but I never really watched her other show. I caught some snippets of the business, the new home, etc., but I think it’s a shame.

      It’s probably very difficult for her to understand what appeared as a normal family life with Jason’s family.

      I feel sorry for her daughter.
      Regardless, it’s a sad situation for all involved.

      I would think if B ever did another reality show, Hoppy would put his foot down and not allow his daughter to filmed. I see her products in wine/liquor stores. I’ve heard that they are not good.

  7. mln76 says:

    I had minor dealings with the woman through work (can’t tell you much).
    She is awful. I feel bad for the daughter.

  8. lady X says:

    HAHAHAHAH GLAD you finally did this story … LOL was asking for it for 2 days now

  9. Victoria1 says:

    Feel bad for the kid. But this woman is hocking skinny whatever and she looks like she has an eating disorder (bulimia cheeks). And I find it funny she has a column in either Glamour magazine or Cosmo on how to catch a man…

    • emmie_a says:

      I read a story that said he is leaving her because she is obsessed with being thin and her eating disorder is totally out of control and she absolutely refuses to get help (because her brand is all about being skinny) and he is fed up with it. Just gossip but believable.

  10. Rhiley says:

    She seems like an abusive woman. She is so combative that her shows are painful to watch. I hate how she bullies her family and friends into thinking they have no motivation, no drive, and they resent her money and work ethic, when in reality I don’t think that is the case at all. Jason was stupid to marry her and have a child with her, but what is done is done. I think he did it for his parents. They adore that child, and I hope she can remain a significant part of their lives.

    • anne_000 says:

      Irc, she got pregnant first, then married. Jason should have worn a condom…
      Imo, Jason isn’t jealous of her success and money. Imo, Bethenny made these things a priority in her life. And she’s crazy. It seems like every little thing makes her have a major breakdown. I remember how Jason’s parents used to have to kiss her ass all the time just to try to be on her good side and to get some grandparents’ time w/ Bryn. At one point, Jason told his parents to stop it because it was just too painful to watch. Nothing was ever good enough for Bethenny.

  11. Sam says:

    I always got the impression that she was very resentful of him over his family, mostly because he grew up in a very standard, two married parents, happy home, and her family life was more dysfunctional. Jason probably got tired of apologizing for himself.

  12. Esmom says:

    Anyone who says in her announcement that she’s upset about disappointing her daughter and her fans just doesn’t get it. At least she mentioned her daughter first.

    • Becky1 says:

      Maybe she made the comment about disappointing fans because she wrote that advice book about a year or so ago (the title was something along the lines of “The Ten Rules for Having it All” or something like that). When I saw the book I thought it was really presumptuous that she was giving advice about marriage, work/life balance and parenting since she hadn’t been married or been a mother for that long. It must be embarrassing to have relatively recently publicly espoused that sort of advice and then be in the middle of a divorce.

      I don’t like her personally but from what I’ve read she’s worked very hard to build her empire. She seems like a good business woman but not the nicest human being. Her family of origin sounded very dysfunctional so she comes by it honestly but there comes a time as an adult when you really have to make a choice to make your life different.

  13. Talie says:

    I’m not surprised she’s on US Weekly…those Housewives shows typically bring in about 6 million viewers per episode. Big following.

    The last time she was really “real” was when she was on RHONY. She became affected over time and I just hope she can control herself. She’s already going overboard on the interviews promoting her divorce. She really can’t seem to help herself.

  14. mo says:

    “They grew apart. She is very upset.”

    This is BS!

    This is just another case of people not working hard enough to salvage their marriage. It seems likeJason was truly trying, but one person can’t do ALL the compromising! Bethany and women like her love the idea of “having it all” (stellar career, husband, baby) but the reality of marriage doesn’t have the same appeal. You have to nurture a relationship for it to be healthy and continue to thrive. Constant criticizing, keeping score, and putting career ambitions ahead of your partner’s needs sets up an adversarial dynamic.

    I feel sad for them, because I liked them as a couple but their split isn’t shocking to me. He put up with a lot and it was clear she did not respect him. Love dies without respect.

  15. chrissie malcolm says:

    She’ll be fine – of that I have no doubt. I wish Jason luck and happiness for the future.

  16. Marty says:

    Those bottom pics look like the ones that were posted yesterday of Chris Hemsworth and his wife.You never really know what’s going on in a couple’s life, especially in Hollywood.

  17. Stacia says:

    He is a likeable down to earth, stable minded guy that got mixed up with a neurotic, fame seeking scatterbrain. He always seem to compromise with her and her crazy tangents of thought and actions. I think he grew tired of that. I’ve seen a few episodes of her reality show and I can tell you , you really grow tired of her and her annoying ways and her constant yapping transitioning from one unrelated thought to another. She never shuts up. Yikes!

  18. Barrett says:

    I adore Jason and his parents seem so nice. He will be a total catch and hopefully settle down with a women who will appreciate him.

  19. Relli says:

    Like everyone else i really liked Bethany on RHNY, especially the last season she was on and the doomed trip Kelly and her magic jelly beans was TV gold. But i never got into her show, maybe becuase i was struggling with the same things new baby, new husband, new life. I did however catch a few snippets of it and she seemed to be someone who spends TOO much time in her own head as well as self destructor. There were times i felt she was really hard in her husband and resentful of his close, loving family. Its too bad but she got what she wanted out if it and that was cute kid and an extended 15 minutes. He will move on with someone younger and have another family.

  20. Ally says:

    Since she is clearly not taking nourishment, she may also be on some kind of stimulants for energy… Aderall, etc., i.e. prescription speed. She seemed to get more manic in recent years.

    I don’t know why this guy ever jumped on this fameho train. I didn’t buy that he said he wasn’t into it, when he was signing up to a marriage and a reality show at the same time.

    Initially the fame/money trade-off probably seemed worth it, but being disrespected every week before a national audience helps no marriage.

  21. OriginalMe says:

    Maybe she’s running off with her “foodie friend Nick”. Did anyone else get sick of that caption every time that guy was on screen?
    I knew it would never work after I watched her show and saw how she treated his parents-like crap. They seemed like the nicest people, but BF just didn’t want to be obligated to anyone. I think she feels trapped really easily and needs to always have control.
    She needs a better shrink. That guy is awful. He actually asked her one time if she was done with therapy! Like he was firing her as his patient.

  22. Kiyoshigirl says:

    The therapist at least “tried” to bring her to some realization, but she was great at manipulating him. I’m sure he did try to fire her.

    IMO she used Jason and even her child to further her career because she needed them to sell the “dream” to her millions of female fans. IMO, you cannot have it all. You can have bits and pieces of it all, but you have to make sacrifices and give up the idea that every dream will be realized and fulfilled. Life is not a fairy tale, nor a reality TV show, scripted to meet a marketing agenda aimed at millions of single women. I’m happy for Jason. I hope he has a solid custody agreement that provides him with a lot of time with his child. She is going to need his support and guidance.