Bethenny Frankel on Divorce From Jason Hoppy: It’s a “Brutal Time”

Bethenny Frankel on June 11, 2012 in Philadelphia.
Bethenny Frankel tells Nightline that, thanks to her ongoing divorce proceedings and custody battle with estranged husband Jason Hoppy, she's going through a "brutal time" and she's "definitely bruised." Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty

Bethenny Frankel's split with Jason Hoppy has been anything but happy. The 42-year-old former Real Housewives of New York City star, Skinnygirl mogul and talk show host ended her nearly two-and-a-half year marriage in December 2012, but divorce proceedings and a custody battle over their 3-year-old daughter, Bryn, are still raging on. In an upcoming interview with ABC's Nightline, Frankel opens up about how she's coping.

"I'm going through a brutal, brutal time," she says in the interview, airing Tuesday, Aug. 13. "It really, really is. I mean, there's no other way to slice it."

"I felt like I disappointed people, because I felt like I was this role model, that represented the fairy tale," Frankel explains. "I'm definitely bruised."

Frankel's marriage to Hoppy was featured on her Real Housewives spin-off shows, Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After. The Bravo star, however, doesn't blame the "curse" of appearing on a reality show for causing her marriage to end.

"I don't regret letting the cameras roll at all," she says. "I could have skated by. I could have stayed on the show and been like, 'Oh, everything's perfect with us. Everything's great.' It made me feel dirty for people to think that I had this perfect relationship and this perfect life."

To help deal with the stress of her marriage ending, Frankel says she's enjoying alcohol — cocktails from Skinygirl, to be exact, which she sold to Jim Beam in 2011 for an estimated $100 million.

"I would imagine eventually, sex would be a nice release, but you know, who knows," she said. (Last month, Frankel vacationed in St. Tropez with hedge-fund Warren Lichtensten, but a source told Us Weekly they are just friends.) "If I'm exercising or doing yoga it'll take the edge off on some level. And then I like to have a Skinnygirl cocktail. I'm not going to lie. Honestly. It's mommy juice."

Frankel's full interview with Nightline airs Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 12:35. a.m. ET.

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