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RHONY Recap: Bethenny 'Cracks' Discussing Her Abusive Childhood

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Real Housewives of New York Recap: Bethenny Frankel 'Cracks' Discussing Her Abusive Childhood

Originally posted 05/26/2015 10:20PM

Bethenny Frankel "cracked" on Tuesday's Real Housewives of New York City, breaking down as she recounted last week's dramatic reunion with her stepfather.

"We had the talk I've been waiting for years to have," Frankel icily recounted to her therapist, Dr. Xavier Amador. "There wasn't some big 'Come to Jesus' moment."

An increasingly sarcastic and agitated Frankel – who recalled growing up amid abuse, alcohol, drugs and gambling – continued, "What do you think it was like? It was a party. I loved every moment of it. You're just surviving."

But Amador finally broke through to her.

"Do you think a 5-year-old girl who sees her mother get dragged and hit by a phone feels nothing?" he asked. "Don't close the lid on your feelings. What you can do is understand how what happened affected your ability to feel and trust and how that impacts those you love, including your daughter."

Frankel finally broke down, collapsing into tears.

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Bethenny Frankel Breaks Down on Real Housewives of New York (VIDEO)

Originally posted 05/26/2015 11:00AM

The tears continue to fall for Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel.

On last week's RHONY, Frankel had an emotional reunion with her estranged stepfather, whom she called "the only father I've ever known."

In PEOPLE's exclusive clip of tonight's episode, Frankel, 44, breaks down from the pressure to spend time away from her own daughter, Bryn, 5.

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Bethenny Frankel's Hairstylist on Her New Look: 'I Could Tell She Was Ready for a Change'

Bethenny Frankel's Hairstylist on Her New Look: 'I Could Tell She Was Ready for a Change'

Originally posted 05/21/2015 01:25PM

DJ Quintero tells PEOPLE all about her major mane transformation

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Bethenny Frankel Chopped Off Her Hair! See Her Shorter, Lighter Look

Bethenny Frankel Chopped Off Her Hair! See Her Shorter, Lighter Look

Originally posted 05/20/2015 04:00PM

See the reality star's bold new style

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RHONY Recap: Bethenny Frankel Has Dramatic Reunion with Her Stepfather

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Real Housewives of New York Recap: Bethenny Frankel Has Dramatic Reunion with Her Stepfather

Originally posted 05/19/2015 10:30PM

While Ramona Singer continued to celebrate her birthday with girlfriends on Tuesday's Real Housewives of New York City, Bethenny Frankel went in search of family.

"Oh, my God, I don't fit in," Frankel said at Singer's party. "I've been to women's Upper East side parties before. Some women look great, and some have gone over the top. It looks like the Star Wars bar."

Frankel told her therapist she also felt like she didn't fit in if she didn't make an effort to reconnect with her stepfather John Parisella, whom she hadn't seen in years.

"He raised me. It got a little hairy at the end, and we stopped speaking," she said. "But he was the only father I've ever known. I feel like I need to reopen that door."

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Bethenny Frankel Steps Out in New York City with a Mystery Man

Bethenny Frankel Steps Out in New York City with a Mystery Man

Originally posted 05/19/2015 07:50PM

Has Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel found a new man?

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RHONY Recap: The Wives Head to Atlantic City (and It's a Gamble Who Will Survive)

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Real Housewives of New York Recap: The Wives Head to Atlantic City (and It's a Gamble Who Will Survive)

Originally posted 05/12/2015 10:15PM

The Real Housewives of New York City headed to Atlantic City for Ramona Singer's birthday, but the real gamble was whether the wives would kill one another.

They started out fighting (and drinking) in the morning after Sonja Morgan refused to let them into her home in the driving rain, and the fighting (and drinking) never stopped.

"This is my birthday weekend, and I've had enough stress in my life," Singer yelled in the limo ride to Atlantic City.

"On a scale of one to 10, how happy am I that I missed the limo ride?" asked Carole Radziwill. "A 12."

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RHONY Recap: Bethenny Dishes Out Some Tough Business Advice to Sonja

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Real Housewives of New York Recap: Bethenny Frankel Dishes Out Some Tough Business Advice to Sonja Morgan

Originally posted 05/05/2015 10:45PM

Sonja Morgan asked for Bethenny Frankel's savvy business advice on Tuesday's Real Housewives of New York City, but she may not have been prepared for the Skinnygirl mogul's words.

"I know enough to know that in a couple of months you're not just going to pull a clothing line out of your ass, like a rabbit out of a hat," said Frankel. "What is your brand?"

"It's an international, fashion lifestyle brand … jewelry, perfume … " started Morgan.

"What the f--- are you talking about?" Frankel asked. "Do one thing great."

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Bethenny Frankel: I 'Suck' at Choosing the Right Guy

Bethenny Frankel: I 'Suck' at Choosing the Right Guy

Originally posted 04/29/2015 04:50PM

Bethenny Frankel may be a successful business mogul, but that doesn't mean she's got every aspect of her life together.

"I think I suck at choosing the right people for me," the Real Housewives of New York star says in the May issue of Haute Living New York.

"I don't think that I actually suck when I'm in a relationship, but I think that I haven't gone with my gut enough," she continues. "I've made decisions out of fear, which is the biggest mistake people can make. You have to make decisions out of truth."

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Bethenny Frankel Refuses to Be Skinny Shamed in Super-Tiny Abs-Baring Crop Top

Bethenny Frankel Refuses to Be Skinny Shamed in Super-Tiny Abs-Baring Crop Top

Originally posted 04/29/2015 12:30PM

The Skinnygirl founder brings her abs to the red carpet

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