Bethenny Frankel’s gloves are off in her divorce, she’s seeking full custody

There are two competing stories out about Bethenny Frankel’s ongoing, protracted divorce and custody battle with her live-in ex, Jason Hoppy. The story which was published first, and which I believe is the true version of events, is in Life & Style. L&S claims that Bethenny is seeking sole custody of her four year-old daughter with Jason, Bryn. That’s basically all L&S says, along with some background and the fact that Bethenny and Jason were in court for an “emergency custody hearing” yesterday. So if you ask me, that story comes from Jason. It has just the facts, no one is painted as a victim or a villain, and we know that Bethenny is the one seeking full custody.

Compare that version of events with a story that US Weekly published later, at the end of the day, claiming that Jason is making Bethenny’s life so hard by refusing to move out of their shared apartment, blocking cameras filming for Bethenny’s talkshow, and seeking sole custody of their daughter. We know who this story comes from:

Feuding exes Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy may have called off their nearly two-and-half year marriage in December 2012, but the legal fallout is far from over. On Thursday, June 20, the exes met once again in court to duke it out over custody of their 2-year-old daughter Bryn.

“Today was really difficult for Bethenny,” a source close to the Skinnygirl mogul tells Us Weekly. “The divorce is taking a toll on her. She just wants what’s best for her daughter. She wants this divorce to be over and done with, but it’s being drawn out by Jason. All Bethenny wants to do is move on.”

Adds another insider: “Jason calls paparazzi to set up shots of him hanging out with Bryn and being father of the year while he has on his wedding ring.”

Frankel, 42, and Hoppy, 41, are currently both vying for primary custody of their young daughter while they continue to cohabitate in their 3,400-square-foot Tribeca loft — where more drama unfolded about a month ago, when Frankel was taping a piece for her talk show.

According to a source at the shoot, “There were about 20 people over at the house. Jason freaked out and started snapping at everybody. He tried to stop the entire filming. Bethenny had to move the shoot into her bedroom.” The source adds, “Jason has been making the living arrangements really uncomfortable and not a healthy living space for Bryn. Bethenny has had to leave ­so she takes Bryn to hotels so they can have alone quality time together where it’s not uncomfortable in the apartment.”

Eyewitnesses have seen Frankel spending time with Bryn at hotels like the Trump Soho and the Mondrian.

[From US Weekly]

Poor Bethenny, going through the most difficult thing anyone could go through in their life. You know what? She just showed her hand completely in this US Weekly piece. She’s mad that Jason is staying in the apartment she wants to keep, she’s mad he blocked her camera crew, and she’s trying to block him from seeing their daughter as a result. She probably doesn’t want to pay child support either. Poor Bethenny, having to stay at luxury hotels. She can’t try to find another apartment because that would mean that she’s no longer fighting her ex tooth and nail on every point of contention. Also, she’s complaining because Jason calls the paps? That’s ripe.

Update: Oh here’s yet another version. Radar claims that the court hearing was due to Jason complaining that Bethenny is keeping her daughter from him. “Jason is complaining that Bethenny won’t let him see Bryn enough and that she’s been spending all of her time with her at her friend’s apartment and not in her own home.

Bethenny’s lawyer tried to handle Jason’s complaint but the judge wants both parents in court to discuss Bryn.

Bethenny is shown out with Bryn on 6-5-13 and at events on 6-16 and 6-17-13. Jason is shown with Bryn on 6-14-13. Credit: and Fame Flynet

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  1. carol says:

    they all seem like a bunch of children, don’t they?

    • Denise says:

      I don’t think he is.

      That woman is terrifying looking. The fact that we’re the same age makes me feel incredibly smug.

      • Belle Epoch says:

        + 1 She will take EVERYTHING unless he fights back. He’s in a terrible position. We know she has lots of poor me “issues” and she also lies like a rug. He has a tough fight ahead to see his daughter.

      • carol says:

        I wonder why he married her

  2. bammer says:

    Lol this is from the Halle Berry school of mothering.

  3. Talie says:

    I’m shocked, but not completely, at Bethenny’s behavior. On RHONYC, even in the early days, she was always a volatile mess, but fun to watch. Is Jason playing the media? Sure. And guess what? He should. Unlike Bethenny, he has no PR to fight this battle.

    • Irishae says:

      Totally agree. I watched two seasons of RHONYC, it was my guilty pleasure. Part of the reason is because of Bethenny’s dry humor and I enjoyed the other women’s feathers get ruffled. Then the SkinnyGirl shilling became constant and her obsession with fame got out of hand (talk show, really?).

      She has always been a selfish person, but was more or less alone to her own devices. Her concept of motherhood is obviously skewed, it will hurt her daughter eventually. I’m glad Jason has put up a fight and don’t blame him for trying to work the media.

    • FLORC says:

      This happens all too often it seems. 1 parent is a bigger star than the other and can hire more PR and more tabloid articles that ultimately paints them as a saint of saints. Parent #2 is left in the dust with only the paps to call to get actual proof they are a good parent or at least while in front of the cameras.

      Ultimately, shame on Hoppy for entering in to this disastrous relationship. And good for him for fighting back with simple facts. Shared custody might be best, but not if she’s jet setting around the world for a show that will not last.

      And Skinny Girl is just awful.

  4. RHONYC says:


    • Erinn says:

      Agreed. And Bethenny was ALWAYS going for full custody.

      What really got me was that she expects Jason to pay her alimony and all her health care costs. I think that’s insane.

      She’s always been incredibly volatile, and I can’t imagine still living with her is easy…though I bet it’s the only way he is able to see Bryn at all.

    • What did she do to her face?? says:

      Bethenny became crazier and more unstable with each season. She didn’t let Jason and his family love her. Bethenny would push them away. She was constantly crying and repeating that she is damaged. I really thought she was losing it in the last season. All of the sources are always from camp Bethenny. I really don’t think Jason would call paparazzi. That is her game. If they don’t want Bryn to grow up like her mother she should be with Jason.

    • Moncheechee says:

      for real, this bisch is disgusting. why is she in the news? LOL our society has issues…

    • Jacqueline says:

      WORD. “She just wants what’s best for Bryn” IMO, it is never the best thing for the kids to be wrestled away from one parent, except for extreme cases. With all of the dirtbag guys who father kids out there, I don’t understand why women can’t be happy with dads who WANT to be involved.

      • Nina W says:

        This, x1000. Kids need all their family that loves them and is good to them in their lives, the more the better. She clearly cares more about herself than her daughter, truly selfish and disgusting.

  5. OK says:

    I used to love her but this whole going for full custody is F’d up. If he is a great father why wouldn’t you want to have your daughter know her father just as much as you? Plus, she has her new show and various business ventures, so who is taking care of her daughter while sh’e working, a nanny? WTF

    I think if Brandi has to share 50/50 custody with a serial cheater with a crazy wife, then Bethanny can do the same with a normal man who she just shouldn’t have married in the first place.

    • Jennifer says:

      What is she doing in that last pic, and why? I think that’s kind of disturbing since she has her kid on her hip. Maybe it’s just me.

      • MsCatra says:

        @Jennifer – Nope, not just you.

      • emmie_a says:

        That’s how she stays so *skinny*. I read that her bulimia had become out of control and Jason wanted her to get help but she refused. She’s an ugly mess of a person. And she is the one who is delaying the divorce and loving all the publicity bc it’s keeping her in the news. Her talk show is starting soon. She wants to stay relevant, no matter who it hurts.

    • Dawned says:

      I totally agree. Would she rather Bryn is raised by nannies?

      Bethenny didn’t have have a good relationship with her father and tried to make amends with him on his death bed, then he refused see her. Shame on her for letting her daughter repeat the cycle. Team Jason!!!

  6. Kelly says:

    Her hair is so BIG. Again with the center part.

  7. Kelly says:

    Oops, meant head= so big.

    • Kris says:

      The anorexic celebrities many times get too skinny for their heads. I.e. Kate Bosworth and Giulianna Ranci. Bethenny claims to have had eating disorders. She looks like it and what happened to her face. She looks like the Joker from Batman.

  8. lisa says:

    it is very sad that a mother doesnt see an involved father as an asset for her child. instead, she just sees him as a roadblock.

    • jackie says:

      Yes. I’m going through this with my brother and his ex. He’s such a great dad to my 3 yr old niece and she adores him but her mother is so vindictive, built on revenge and trying to destroy the relationship between them, as well as ruining his character with lies about him. It’s been torture on our family.

      • lisa says:

        im sorry about your neice

        unless your dad was hitler or something – no one grows up and says, im glad my parent had no interest in me as a child

  9. Janet says:

    Typical….even outside of hollyweird. She has one busted face.

    • junegorilla says:

      Her face is busted because of her bulimia jaw. Like Rachel Zoe and Tracy whoever GOOPys trainer. And Portia DeRossi a little bit. I hope that she doesn’t get custody of that poor little baby. She is a MESS

  10. Gia says:

    I used to like Bethenny but this is just over the top. If she really wanted what is best for Brin she would encourage a relationship with her father, who is pretty obviously a caring, calm and overall good man. Bethenny is a mess and is focusing on money. It’s sad. Appalling really and I’m confident that no Judge will allow her to take Brin away from her father. It didn’t work for Hally and it won’t work for her.

    • Estephany says:

      Agree completely, the only one who suffers is bryn. I wish I had my father fight for custody of me, and him fighting for 50/50 custody is a true showing that he wants to be in his only daughters life. Why is that so hard for Bethanny to understand? She makes enough money so she should rely on child support (she had a nanny for crying out loud!)

  11. Samtha says:

    I don’t understand why someone would want to block a man from participating in his child’s life (barring things like abuse). It’s gross.

  12. Sabrine says:

    Here’s another one trying to eliminate a good and caring father from his child. When the female parent does this, it usually blows up in their faces. The courts aren’t stupid. The father will receive 50% custody which he is entitled to. She will learn to share, eventually, because she will have no choice.

    Whether she pulls the parental alienation card is anyone’s guess.

    • bluhare says:

      She will. She appears to be selfish and narcisstic. I hope that little girl gets to spend quality time with her dad.

  13. Dawn says:

    Oh good god NO. I hope they give this little girl to her father and give her mother visitation. This woman is a complete nut case.

  14. Murphy says:

    Should have gone with a sperm donor Bethenny

    • Lukie says:

      you beat me to it!

      If she didn’t want to share, she had plenty of money to buy some sperm. regardless of their issues with each other, he appears to be a devoted father.

      The only reason she didn’t want to share is because she wants a play and pay dad instead of an involved father for get child.

      Bethenny better be careful though; NYC family court will not side with her if they believe she is trying to alienate the father…

    • Lukie says:

      you beat me to it!

      If she didn’t want to share, she had plenty of money to buy some sperm. regardless of their issues with each other, he appears to be a devoted father.

      The only reason she didn’t want to share is because she wants a play and pay dad instead of an involved father for her child; an involved dad means she cannot do things her way.

      Bethenny better be careful though; NYC family court will not side with her if they believe she is trying to alienate the father…

    • Lukie says:

      you beat me to it!

      If she didn’t want to share, she had plenty of money to buy some sperm. regardless of their issues with each other, he appears to be a devoted father.

      The only reason she didn’t want to share is because she wants a play and pay dad instead of an involved father for her child; an involved dad means she cannot do things her way.
      Bethenny better be careful though; NYC family court will not side with her if they believe she is trying to alienate the father…

  15. ErinINPitt says:

    So, she has 20 people in her house to film her and Jason is the one making an unhealthy living space for Bryn? WTF kind of logic is that?

  16. Holden says:

    All Bethenny cares about is the $, keeping him from having custody would mean she doesn’t have to pay him. And what the hell is she thinking filming a show in their joint apartment while they are going through a contentious divorce?

    • Amber says:

      Not to be an a**hole (I will be, but I’ve been biting my tongue on this for a while. I don’t want to be so judgmental), I don’t get why she’d even want full custody. If Jason’s not abusive, neglectful or what have you, how do you justify separating him and the child? I hadn’t even thought of the money angle. I don’t want to think someone’s putting money ahead of their child. I just thought she was spiteful, nuts and has a victim complex that rivals LeAnn’s…

      She has all this stuff going on. She’s been talking nonstop about the divorce as a way to publicize her talk show. I liked Bethenny. I mean BIG fan. But what turned me off about her is how she’s perpetually unhappy. She does the same thing concerning her childhood and her relationship problems. It’s like she wants to be miserable. You got the kid, the husband, millions in the bank, you got what YOU wanted, and you’re still a malcontent who won’t slow down. I’m not saying (and I’d never say) that she should’ve become a housewife, staring at her baby all day. But as I watched that show, she would constantly moan and bitch about how overwhelmed and exhausted she was. Well, no one held a gun to your head and made you do a bus tour. Or Skating w/ the Stars (Why?). No one’s making you launch this show in the middle of the most difficult thing anyone has gone through. She grabs for anything that’ll get her a paycheck and press. They ain’t all for the experience (even though the talk show might be her dream and a one time chance). Even when it was the two of them they depended on nannies and a full time staff. The woman had a nervous breakdown at her B-Day party! How on earth could she manage Bryn full time by herself? And why would she want to when Jason wants to be there and claiming he calls the paps and he’s greedy are all she seems to have on the guy… He learned from the best/worst Ms. Frankel.

      • gogoGorilla says:

        I really liked her when she was on RHONY, but she has become a total head case. I am not even sure it is about the money. I really think it is about control. And the most fucked-up part about all this is that Bethenny claims that all of her issues stem from her father not being involved in her life. So, does her behavior make ANY sense? Clearly her taped therapy sessions are NOT working.

        I really hope the judge makes this right.

  17. Diana says:

    So great Bethenny is looking beyond her own selfish interests to do what is truly best for her daughter. [/sarcasm]

  18. Janet says:

    I can not stand this woman. Jason is clearly a good father and his family has shown how much they love their granddaughter.

    I think Bethany is a fraud. Her whole storyline was about how horrible her childhood was but what does she do?

    She tries to take away her child from her father, who by all accounts is a good man and good father.

    I am team Jason. I have always been team Jason because I could see right through her. She is a bitch with no heart.

    • gogoGorilla says:

      Guess I should have kept reading! 😀

      I posted the same thing above. It COULD be that she is so damaged that she’s repeating the cycle unconsciously, but I really think she’s just a bitch.

  19. dd says:

    Hoppy need to get his dumb azz out of her apartment. He sucks.

    • drdoolittling says:

      Says 1 person, ever.

    • ErinINPitt says:

      Hi Bethany’s publicist!

    • Nina W says:

      Why should he get out? They were married, just because she makes the money doesn’t mean he’s not entitled to maintain an appropriate lifestyle for their child together. It’s ridiculous and sexist to suggest he’s a free-loader, if it were a woman should she have to get out because her husband goes nuts and ends the marriage for no reason, demanding full custody? This bitch has money and fame but no character at all. She’s gross.

      • Belle Epoch says:

        HE CAN’T LEAVE. He’ll get it for child abandonment. You think he likes this situation?

  20. the original bellaluna says:

    She’s an asshole of the highest order. Team Hoppy, any day.

    An aside: WTF is wrong with this woman? (Rhetorical, please don’t answer.) She had a child with a man who CLEARLY adores said child; why bother to attempt to deny him access to his daughter? She should consider herself LUCKY to not have a dead-beet co-parent. Asshole of the highest order, she is.

    • emmie_a says:

      I think she’s one of those people who has to create problems where there are none. Someone who thrives on discord. It’s a ugly, miserable way to live but she’s great at it.

      Sorry – didn’t mean to answer your question — just my overall opinion of her.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      I know. My mom went after child support from my own biological father when I was 12. She asked him for 100 bucks a month for me and my twin. That was it. He tried to tell her that we weren’t even his. She gave him chance after chance to just give her the money, without getting the court involved. So she finally took us to get a paternity test…when the results came back, he called her and cussed her out on the phone for two hours. He was mad at her because he had to pay 600 dollars a month for us now. And he told her that if she made him do pay child support, then we wouldn’t ever have a relationship with him. Ever. Keep in mind that I’ve never met him in my life. Yeah. So Bethany should be glad that she has an ex who actually wants to take care of his kid, unlike what happened to 90% of my cousins, my mom, and my aunts.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Oh, Virgilia, I’m sorry. It sucks when parents do that to their children. (I know from whence I speak, but I’m not sharing.)

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        It’s kind of a release for me, whenever I share, whether on this site or in my life (which is probably why I get a little TMI sometimes), as I do tend to keep things bottled in…so I’m trying not to do that.

        But yeah, it does suck, despite the fact that I do have a dad now (even though he’s weird and I sometimes am so annoyed by him-he’s a giant dork). I just hope some people in my family break the pattern.

    • Relli says:

      Its very possible this is a strategic move on his behalf. If he left before the custody agreement was worked out B could allege abandonment and use it against him. If I wouldn’t put it past her then he probably wouldn’t too. Once the custody agreement is worked out he will likely move on, he doesn’t need to live there to gather assets from the sale or to make her buy him out.

  21. bettyrose says:

    Just no. Unless one parent is unfit seeking full custody and dragging kids through a legal battle is completely selfish. I speak from experience that this puts massive feelings of guilt and anxiety on the child.

  22. TG says:

    She is one disgusting person. She is just like Halle Berry. Wonder when she is going to hire a thug to rough him up. On a side note is Bethenny no longer waiting until she gets to the bathroom to grow her food up?

  23. RHONYC says:

    i wonder wtf Ellen’s gonna do?

    like, only a duh-da-duh would think her show is going to succeed after all this negative press.

    i just can’t see it, sorry. 🙁

  24. dvz says:

    This bitch is such a piece of work she’s starting to make Jill Zarin look like a mensch.

    • Kim says:

      Jill Zarin is and has always been way more stable than Bethanny. Bethanny has very deep seated issues that no shrink will ever fix.

  25. nikko says:

    Bethanny is pretty screwed up. I watched her reality show in the past when she was dating/getting married to Jason and she had some very strange behavior toward his parents and his friends. I couldn’t believe some of the things she said in front of them. I feel that Jason should have full custody. Bethany is to **** up.

  26. truthful says:

    I truly hope Jason can win and get partial custody of his daughter!!

    Bethenny is horrid and pathetic.

    his lil parents love her, Bethanny is horrible, even on their reality show she was mean to his parents and did not want her daughter to see them.

    they are such a nice lil couple.

    her nose was turned up when Jason took her to his home town.

    I’m beginning to think, she is a hard chick like her mother, horrible.

    Brynn will find out and I hope she never forgives her mother.

  27. Cherylk says:

    She has destroyed what’s left of her miniscule career. You better hang on to that booze money Bethenney because that will be all you have in old age.

  28. Kenz says:

    Honestly, reading this makes me so happy that my mom appreciated the fact that my dad wanted to be a part of our lives and they agreed to have 50/50 custody. That poor child, children should NEVER be used to harm the other parent.

  29. Kim says:

    If she wanted what was best for her daughter she would not be going for full custody period. Jason is a good father and she knows this. Trying to alienate him shows she has only her best interests in mind/revenge and not what is best for her daughter. Poor Bryn. I would give full custody to Jason before Bethanny who provides more stability & stable grandparents. But in all fairness they both deserve partial custody. That is what is best for Bryn.

    • Nina W says:

      I disagree I think this nut has proved she can’t handle partial custody. I hope family court awards full custody to him and visitation rights for her. No little child needs an unstable dingbat like this lady in their lives.

  30. Jennifer12 says:

    Bethenny, chill out, hon. Kate Gosselin should be your guide as to what can happen. I hate people who decide they don’t like the other parent of the child they have together, so the child doesn’t need to see him/her anymore.

  31. Jayna says:

    In her Bethenny gets married show, I kept looking at her odd cheeks for a couple seasons thinking I used to think she was cuter. Then saw some old NYRH shows and she didn’t have those odd low cheeks the first seasons. Her face was flat. Cheek implants strike again and never for the better, as usual.

  32. wendywoo says:

    She’s always talked about how (legitimately) awful her mother was and the sad thing is she is repeating the pattern with only minor changes. Can anyone say “borderline personality”?

    • Nina W says:

      Most “borderline” people I know tell very elaborate tales of woe that often have little or nothing to do with reality. She may have had problems with her mother but if she has BPD, she is a big part of those problems.

  33. the original bellaluna says:

    If there is a LEGITIMATE REASON to deny access to a minor child (i.e. abuse), that’s one thing.

    But to just be vengeful, that’s not OK.

  34. Bijlee says:

    God she’s a horrendous woman.

  35. LahdidahBaby says:

    Can’t believe I used to like her! She is horrible, selfish, greedy, and hateful to the father of her child. Everything she accused her mother of. It’s Halle all over again. Creepy woman.

  36. Sam H x says:

    I’ve never watched her shows ever, only know of her thanks to celebitchy. This all sounds like Halle Berry’s custody battle all over again and we all know how that ended (for now). She’s damaging her D list career slowly but surely. Ive read nothing but good things about Jason, you have a father who wants to be part of his daughter’s life, what more could you ask for? Be grateful that you do girl. Grow up and put aside your greediness, revenge for the sake of your child. Jason will always be part of their lives and she needs to accept that. I won’t be surprised if they awarded 50/50 custody, the child support so they maintain the standard of living when she’s with dad and a stern telling off by the judge. Bryn looks just like her father, sweet kid! She doesn’t deserve to be put this shiz cos mommy refuses to play ball. x

  37. Joanna says:

    I don’t understand how she got that guy in the first place. I’ve seen less than two episodes of the show she is/was on, that was enough to show me a crazy woman she is. how can this guy have wanted to be with this woman, ever? i just dont get it. then she’ll screw him over, and leave him damaged for the next woman he meets. then she’ll have to deal with the baggage from this beyotch.

  38. onefor says:

    My guess is Jason has decided he needs some form of compensation for helping her brand and working for her for free. He had no idea he wasn’t doing it for the long haul. And the minute Beth felt bad about herself she would blame it on him and dump him. Her therapist should be barred from treating anyone.
    Of course she is like Halle this is just a personality disorder. Narcissism.
    Her daughter is an extension of her and not a person in her own right.Jason needs to stay until he has joint custody and and spend the next 15 years undoing Bethany’s damage

  39. Claudia says:

    She better tread very, very carefully.

    Look what happened to that actress from Gossip Girl that made all those accusations about her ex-husband. The judge (in NY) saw through her and awarded him full custody.

    Why can’t these women get past their hatred of their exes and just do what’s best for the children? (Shakes head)

  40. Wicked says:

    My theory is…really skinny girls are angry all the time ’cause they’re really hungry! just saying…I am shocked this marriage is ending this way…OMG! It has all the makings to last a lifetime!

  41. lisa says:

    considering her show is about to start, im surprised she isnt trying to lay low

  42. jazzy says:

    Her mom saw this coming a mile away and tried to warn Jason’s parents after Bryn was born. Not that I wish it on anyone, but Kim and Kanye, this is your future.