07:14 AM EDT 12/05/2013
Originally posted 01/03/2013 12:00PM
Fans of their Bravo reality shows watched Bethenny Frankel and husband Jason Hoppy work through tough times in their marriage. So when the couple announced their split on Dec. 23, many were left wondering, what was the final straw?
"There was no one turning point that caused this," a friend tells PEOPLE, adding that the stress of the cameras was not a factor for the couple, who wed in 2010 and are parents of daughter Bryn, 2½.
The couple had argued over the years about everything from the frequency of their visits to his parents' home to birthday plans, but "they tried to make it work," says the friend. "It just got too hard to be husband and wife."
Originally posted 12/28/2012 10:45AM
Four days after Jason Hoppy and Bethenny Frankel announced their split, his wedding ring is still in the picture.
Hoppy was photographed at a caf頩n New York City Thursday still wearing the band on his left ring finger
The couple have a 2½-year-old daughter, Bryn.
Originally posted 12/26/2012 09:00AM
After calling this their "toughest year ever," reality star Bethenny Frankel announced on Dec. 23 that she and Jason Hoppy, her husband of nearly three years, were separating.
Having said earlier this year that the two were fighting for their marriage (her show Bethenny Ever After focused on the struggle), Frankel, 42, had revealed her concerns to PEOPLE during an interview in May.
"Nothing comes easily for me," she said at the time. "Being successful in business doesn't come easy for me. Marriage doesn't come easily for me. You have to fight for everything."
Originally posted 12/23/2012 02:10PM
Bethenny Frankel and husband Jason Hoppy have called it quits after almost three years of marriage.
"It brings me great sadness to say that Jason and I are separating. This was an extremely difficult decision that as a woman and a mother, I have to accept as the best choice for our family," Frankel said in a statement Sunday.
"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," the statement continues. "This is an immensely painful and heartbreaking time for us."
Originally posted 12/21/2012 12:00PM
Bethenny Frankel's simple dress is festive and fun for the holidays
Originally posted 12/14/2012 06:00PM
Are Bethenny Frankel and husband Jason Hoppy experiencing another rough patch?
Amidst rumors that the reality stars' two-year marriage is in trouble, the couple were photographed while out with daughter Bryn, 2½, Friday in New York City.
And though Hoppy is smiling and holding tight to his daughter, Frankel, 42, didn't exactly seem upbeat. It makes some sense: sources tell PEOPLE that the couple's relationship has been strained in recent months, echoing what Frankel herself told PEOPLE earlier this year.
Originally posted 11/13/2012 05:30PM
Bethenny Frankel can get a little nutty – when she's in the kitchen, that is.
The reality star-turned-talk show host, 42, who teamed up with California Almonds to promote healthy snacking, is whipping up a satisfying snack that isn't sugar-coated, just like her sense of humor.
Feel like going nuts? Try out the recipe below.
Originally posted 07/19/2012 12:15PM
Bethenny Frankel is known for telling it like it is – especially when it comes to her personal life.
In this week's PEOPLE, the reality star-turned-talk-show host reveals the truth about her marriage to Jason Hoppy, which recently has been rumored to be on the brink.
"We've been scared," says Frankel, 41. "The second year of marriage was not easy. We hit bottom, [but] we came out the other side."
After rising to fame on Bravo's Real Housewives of New York City, Frankel has wrapped the final season of her reality series Bethenny Ever After, which magnified the couple's troubles this past year.
Originally posted 06/30/2012 04:30PM
If you haven't been clocking in time at the beach like Jennifer Lopez and Halle Berry this summer, there's no need to abandon your California dreams just yet.
Here's Skinnygirl's take on the sea breeze cocktail that will transport you to the sandy shores, one sip at a time.
And at 102 calories, it won't sabotage your beach bod, either.
Originally posted 06/28/2012 09:00AM
From form-fitting sweaters to sunset photo shoots, Vanessa Lachey seems to have no qualms about showing off her burgeoning belly as her September due date approaches.
Her belly button, on the other hand, is a growing concern, the first-time mom-to-be, 31, says.
"Everyone's belly button is different. Some women's belly buttons pop and some women's [don't]," she tells Bethenny Frankel on Friday's episode of Bethenny, referring to the tendency of belly buttons to push outward during the second or third trimester of a pregnancy.
"I thought, 'Oh, I wouldn't mind if it popped because then it would be like the turkey's done, right?' And it's cute," she continues. "But my stylist was like, 'You don't want that to pop. That's like having a third nipple.' "
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