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Real Housewives of New York City: Bethenny Frankel’s Tumultuous Childhood

July 07, 2010 07:00 AM by Nancy Floyd

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Bethenny Frankel, star of Bravo‘s The Real Housewives of New York City and Bethenny Getting Married?, is thrilled to be a new mom to two-month old daughter, Bryn Hoppy. She’s hoping her time as a mother will make up for her own difficult and tumultuous childhood. Keep reading for more details on Bethenny Frankel’s heartbreaking past…

Viewers of Bravo‘s The Real Housewives of New York City and Bethenny Getting Married? have gathered bits and pieces of information about Bethenny Frankel’s trying childhood. The reality TV star and chef has alluded to difficulties in her past without ever sharing the entire story. On season three of The Real Housewives of New York City, Bethenny Frankel coped with the death of her father, a man she barely knew and had a horrible relationship with. For the first time, Bethenny Frankel is opening up about her unhappy childhood in the new issue of People magazine.

“I never had a true childhood,” Bethenny Frankel tells the magazine.  She grew up as the only child of famous horse trainer Bobby Frankel and his first wife, Bernadette. The atmosphere among the family was one of violence, dysfunction, and misery. “There was a lot of destruction: alcohol abuse, eating disorders and violent fights,” Bethenny Frankel says.

These days, Bethenny Frankel is moving on with her own family. Her father passed away last year (as seen on the show) and her mother, whom she calls “extremely volatile,” is no longer a part of her life. “She was never a mother to me,” Bethenny Frankel says.

Bethenny Frankel and her new husband, Jason Hoppy, are thrilled to have the chance to start their own family with the arrival of their daughter, Bryn Hoppy in May.  ”I live for this baby,” Bethenny Frankel says.

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