Bethenny and her mother, Bernadette Birk:
Bethenny’s mother, Bernadette Birk… Bethenny looks like her mother
From October 14, 2010: Bernadette Birk is fed up with daughter Bethenny Frankel’s claims that she was “never a mother” to the reality star.
Bethenny, of “Real Housewives of New York” fame, has spoken openly about her allegedly troubled past on her Bravo reality show, “Bethenny Getting Married?” where she was filmed making regular visits to a therapist to discuss various issues (including her lack of a “true childhood”). However, the reality star’s mom tells a different story.
”[Bethenny] did not come from a broken home and her father did not leave her at 4 years old,” Bernadette claimed to RadarOnline.com in an interview on Thursday. “I left her father when she was 2 years old and he did not support us with one penny, no alimony.
“I was a stay-at-home mother and didn’t go back to work until she started boarding school,” she added. “I gave up so much because I loved [Bethenny]… I didn’t even consider it giving something up.”
In a July 7 interview with People magazine, Bethenny told the mag that her early years were filled with “destruction,” including “alcohol abuse, eating disorders and violent fights” – a claim Bernadette denies. “She is slamming me… and I’m sick!” Bernadette told the site. “She went to visit her father for the first time at 15 years old,” Bernadette, an interior architect, said. “It was the same time she is now claiming she started drinking and doing drugs. I was never aware she was doing this. Even though she is bad mouthing her father she was always after his affection.”
Bernadette, who claims she has been estranged from her daugher for a decade, said their last bit of communication was less than pleasant. “The last time I spoke to [Bethenny] was 10 years ago when she borrowed my car and then demolished it, and she left it in her boyfriend’s lot and it got stripped,” she claimed to the site. “I called her to tell her and she started yelling at me and hung up… and we have never spoken since.”
Bobby Frankel, Bethenny’s Father
Harper’s Bazaar re RHONY, 2008: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/magazine/feature-articles/real-housewives-new-york-city-0708
Bethenny Sells SkinnyGirl Margaritias: http://www.portfolio.com/executive-style/2011/03/21/bethenny-frankel-sells-skinnygirl-margaritas-brand-celebrity-apprentice-teaches-brand-messaging-power
UPDATE 10-6-2011: BFrankel “lost at sea” story all lies… here.
Bethenny blowing out candles… mother, Bernadette, behind Bethenny is her stepfather, John Parisella
Another photo proving Bethenny’s rotten upbringing…