Happy after Hoppy! Bethenny Frankel is officially back in the dating pool. Nearly 15 months after filing for divorce from estranged husband Jason Hoppy, the former Real Housewives of New York City star is putting herself out there again -- and so far, so good.
"I am dating, and I'm happy," Frankel, 43, told Bravo's Andy Cohen during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live on Tuesday, March 25. (In recent months, she has been linked to financier Michael "Mac" Cerussi.) "I finally feel a little bit of liberation, a little bit of freedom, just a little bit of not feeling so bad," she continued. "It's been a really, really hard time, let's put it that way."
Indeed, the Skinnygirl mogul told Us Weekly last November that the ugliness of her split had turned her off of romance. "It's like having food poisoning and not wanting to eat again," she explained at the time. "In theory it sounds somewhat appetizing, but in reality it just doesn't seem all that interesting to me."
Clearly things have changed. That said, she's still dealing with the fallout of her split from Hoppy, with whom she shares 3-year-old daughter Bryn. "It's been a really surreal, insane, crazy situation," she told Cohen on WWHL when questioned about the ongoing divorce. "I'm happy, but I have not totally come out on the other side."
The ex-reality star was also asked about the recent cancellation of her talk show, Bethenny. "I loved every day. I loved connecting to women," she explained of hosting her own daytime series. "It's just been an amazing experience."
Amazing, but exhausting. "I really do need a break. I'm full. I've been white-knuckling it for so long trying to get somewhere, and I was hopeless and broke and alone, and [now] I'm really happy, and I'm so grateful, and it's been such a great journey, but I really do need a break," she told Cohen.
"I played the fame game, I won, it's good, but I don't really want to do that right now," she continued. "I don't know what I'll do next, but I keep getting kind of approached and offered different things."