How Sad! Bethenny Frankel Reveals She Was Abused, Neglected And Unloved As A Child

Thu, July 8, 2010 10:06am EDT by 13 Comments
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Who knew that Bethenny, who seems so grounded, grew up in a household with alcohol and abuse?

Though Bethenny Frankel has hinted at her unhappy childhood before (she said she was “raised in a cave … by wolves” on an episode of Bethenny Getting Married?) but in a shocking new interview, she reveals the full truth about her abusive past. “I never had a true childhood,” she tells People. “There was a lot of destruction: alcohol abuse, eating disorders and violent fights.”

Bethenny’s father, well-known horse trainer Bobby Frankel, walked out on Bethenny and her mother, Bernadette Frankel, when the Real Housewife-to-be was just 4 years old. She moved in with Bobby in Los Angeles to escape her “extremely volatile” mother, but quickly realized it wasn’t the place for her when she saw that Bobby “lived a very hotshot life, [full of] drugs and young girls.” Bethenny recalls, “It wasn’t a life for a little girl. I was always at restaurants or at the racetrack.”

Bethenny’s mom re-married another horse trainer named John Parisella when Bethenny turned 5, which prompted them to move homes seven times over 10 years. Bethenny’s father cut her off when Bernadette accused him of keeping money from them.

And Bernadette’s marriage to John quickly turned hostile. “The house would be in shambles,” Bethenny says of her mom’s vicious outbursts in which she would smash “dishes, pictures, the TV — anything she could see” and physically fight with John. During these terrible fits, Bethenny says she would either have to hide in her closet or call the police to break things up.

Then came Bethenny’s personal battles with her weight. She began starving herself and purging at the age of 13. “I was owned by dieting,” she says. “I hated myself.” Her situation worsened when she began clubbing in her teens, drinking heavily and even doing cocaine.

Wow… we had no idea Bethenny had such a troubled past, but it only makes it all the more incredible that she’s become so successful. A great husband (Jason Hoppy), an adorable baby girl (Bryn Hoppy) and a thriving career both on TV and in her line of Skinnygirl Margaritas.

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Gina

Posted at 11:34 PM on August 23, 2011  

Bethenny is vile. I don’t know how anyone can possibly stomach her. PLEASE take her ugly face off tv.

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zenyatta

Posted at 4:10 AM on August 19, 2011  

This woman is a puke. At least her father didn’t get rid of a murder weapon like the Kardashians. I’d like to give her Roofies and drop her off with a violent rapist

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Robin

Posted at 5:06 PM on April 24, 2011  

I grew up similarly. You get a hole in your soul and a really big chip on your shoulder. But some of the commenters are right. She and I had food and large blocks of hang time to look around and draw some conclusions about life. Kids from families with a mom and dad and church and siblings and a house with a yard looked to me as very charmed. My siblings were the shuffle from 1 parent to the other parent, a cold, lonely room to myself, saying goodnight to a toy that wouldn’t say goodnight back, playing solitaire for years on end, always being on the outside of something looking in, and hoping for a sibling to share life with.

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Nora

Posted at 6:28 AM on November 22, 2010  

Isn’t interesting that someone who grew up in an abusive home with alcoholic parents and an anorexic mother is making her living and reputation on “Skinny Girl Margaritas” ?
Nora

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gbtw

Posted at 8:30 PM on July 10, 2010  

ugh. you sound like a pig. for the record “well-off” and having a hard life are two different things. plenty of “well-off” people have sh!t childhoods. foo. you’re a pig. get over the jealousy.

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I Hate Frankelstein

Posted at 6:50 PM on July 8, 2010  

Who knew?? What — are you kidding?? All Bethenny ever does is whine about how hard she had it, and she has been doing it for years — guess you never watched RWONY! Boo hoo…guess what, EVERYONE has had a hard life! She was rich, at least some of the time, and went to boarding school, was Paris Hilton’s nanny, wow, she had it really HARD. And she is NOT grounded…she is a nasty egocentric freak who deserves to be unloved, because she is mean and hateful to everyone, and it is NOT funny. Hopefully the baby will change her, but my guess is no. Until people stop encouraging her, the Frankelstein will continue unchecked. She is DISGUSTING.

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gbtw

Posted at 12:04 PM on July 9, 2010  

lol… kelly, stop popping the pills and eat something so that you can get off your crazy jealous train.

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mimi tholsted

Posted at 12:27 PM on July 9, 2010  

Nobody deserves to be unloved?…..what is this comment? yes she had a hard life thats why she is greatful now …..give her a break!!!!

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LIZ

Posted at 2:06 PM on July 9, 2010  

WOW – SO CALLED “I HATE FRANKELSTEIN”. YOU SOUND DISGUSTING!!!!!! JEALOUS OF BETHENNY????

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krussrn

Posted at 8:06 AM on April 18, 2011  

I agree wholeheartedly with you “I Hate Frankelstein!” Whatever and whomever she can use to garner more attention for “ME, ME, ME, ME, ME . . .” she’ll do it or say it — NOTHING seems to be off-limits or held sacred with this woman.

NO ONE is “jealous” just stating their own opinions, the same as anyone else has a right to do on this open Blog! There is absolutely NOTHING to be “jealous” of or admired in Frankel’s wackiness.

To answer the question from “gbtw” (“who said she thought she was better? she is just sharing her story.”)
>>> Bethenny Frankel is constantly doing so. She’s one of the most passive aggressive, Borderline Personality Disorder persons I’ve ever experienced! She’s also a very clever “bully” who seems to always be on the edge of completely losing it, especially when she thinks the least little thing isn’t going the exact way she thinks it ought to unfold. Then, she really takes the cake by having her viewers watch as she regurgitates her “poor me” life to her therapist. I’m all for having a therapist; God knows she needs one. But, to share so many intimate details with anyone who wants to sit through it, other than her therapist, is more than a little over-the-top narcissistic!

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angela

Posted at 12:44 PM on July 8, 2010  

I am happy that Betheny has survived such a sad childhood and come out of it with a great personality and sense of humor..good for her.

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msfaye

Posted at 12:12 PM on July 8, 2010  

who cares everyone has a horror from their childhood what makes her think she is any better. go away.

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gbtw

Posted at 12:02 PM on July 9, 2010  

who said she thought she was better? she is just sharing her story.

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