Anyone familiar with Bethenny Frankel knows the reality star (And business tycoon) has a strained relationship with her mom, dad, and stepfather – and that’s putting it nicely. Frankel, 41, has had a very public feud with her mother, Bernadette Burke, despite the fact that the two of them haven’t spoken in over a decade.
Bethenny’s real father, famous horse trainer Bobby Frankel, left when she was just a child. Bernadette then married John Parisella (seen in the photo at top with an 18-year-old Bethenny and Bernadette), who raised Bethenny during a childhood she has referred to as “toxic.” But, in a preview clip for next week’s episode of Bethenny Ever After, Frankel reveals that she has since reconciled to some degree with Parisella, due mostly to his support of her throughout her recent business successes, marriage, and having a daughter.
In the clip, Bethenny is having dinner with a family friend who suggests she should show more respect and love for her real father, Bobby Frankel, to which Bethenny responds, “John is my father! I never lived a day with Bobby Frankel.”
“Really, for my whole life I’ve called my stepfather dad and I refer to my real father as Bobby. The only father I’ve ever known was John.”
“I hadn’t seen him … had a relationship with him since I was 18,” Bethenny continues. She reveals that he declined to participate in the E! True Hollywood Story about her and that she called him to talk to him. “But he’s never said anything negative about me in the press like my mother and when I spoke to him he was very sentimental about my childhood.”
“I wanted him to know that, you know, some f***ed up stuff happened, he was a hustler, there was some stuff he did to my mother that was not great but before that, he raised me as his own,’ she says.
“I wanted to validate that, have it acknowledged, you know ‘you were the only father I ever had in my life.’ And it was really nice.”
Meanwhile, Bethenny’s feud with her mom continues with the latest volley coming from Bernadette who says Bethenny’s marriage to JAson Hoppy is only temporary. “She would never have married Jason but she wanted to have a child and the timing was right. She got what she wanted out of this, she married because of public opinion,” she tells Star magazine.
“His problem is he’s too nice, and she’ll grab another nice one, he is replaceable,” Burke continues. “Nice is boring and Bethenny gets bored with nice. I know she is bored because I get bored watching him.
“She cheated on her first husband [Peter Sussman] after her first couple of months of marriage. She doesn’t have any respect for marriage because she has never seen good marriages.”
Bethenny responded to the comments by declaring, “I hate her! I really do! I hate her. I just hate her. I really do.”
“I haven’t spoken to my mother in well over a decade. How does she know? She doesn’t know me! I haven’t known her since I was 14 years old,” Bethenny adds. “She’s so desperate, it‘s really sad,” she said. “I will never ever speak to her again as long as I live.”