Bethenny Frankel's Mom Says She's Purposely Doing Badly On 'Skating With The Stars!' Exclusive!

Mon, December 6, 2010 1:33pm EST by 11 Comments
Courtesy of ABC, Getty Images

Courtesy of ABC, Getty Images

Bethenny’s estranged mother tells us Bethenny took ice skating lessons as a child!

Reality superstar Bethenny Frankel hasn’t fared too well on the first few episodes of ABC’s Skating with the Stars, and estranged mother Bernadette Birk suspects she’s doing that on purpose! “Bethenny has always had an agenda,” Bernadette tells exclusively. “She couldn’t be that clumsy if she tried! And this is a person that lived on skates as a child.”

Bethenny’s skating experience dates back her childhood, Bernadette says. Bethenny took ice skating lessons as a child and used roller blades as her primary mode of transportation while attending college in New York City.

Plus, as her mother points out, she was on The Real Housewives Of New York City‘s Halloween episode, flying around a party on a pair of roller skates with a drink in her hand. Bethenny also attended an event at a roller skating rink where she was looked comfortable as can be on a pair of skates.

Bernadette has been estranged from Bethenny for about 20 years and doesn’t claim to know much about the current Bethenny, but she does say, “I know she can skate, and I know she is physically fit more than anyone can imagine. So it has nothing to do with physicality. She has had every private lesson in the world and she had the best skates. I know she is not that bad on skates, not unless there is a reason.”

— Jessica Finn

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Posted at 11:16 AM on December 10, 2013  

Shame on you Bernadette Birk, shame on you. You are a truly horrible human being.

Do you have nothing better to do with your sad life than to slander your own child? You horrible horrible horrible woman. Betrayal is disgusting, and there’s a special place in hell for people like you who sabotage their own children, you skeleton narcissist

Bernadatte, people like you are VERMIN, turning on your own child like that after a lifetime of abuse and neglect, and now you speak as a judge of Bethenny’s moral character? How dare you, shame on you, you disgusting vile worm of a person.

No wonder Bethenny doesn’t want to reconnect with you. You manipulated her all her life and used her as a toy and meddled with her dad’s relationship. Why do you rear your ugly head and slander your own child?

Shame on you, you disgusting vile creature. Despicable.

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Posted at 1:41 PM on March 29, 2011  

For those that say Bethenny shouldn’t speak out because “she didn’t suffer enough” SHAME ON YOU.
A) everyone reacts to neglect and abuse diffrently
B) the bulk of the blame should go on the parents and their crazy lifestyle that clearly impacted this woman so negativty. Just cause you forgave your abusers and can have a relationship with them, GREAT for you. maybe she’s not there yet in HER journey

I think she has every right to say to the world, this is what happened. If parents want their legacy to be affirmed postively, then do the right thing then won’t have to worry about kids growing up and telling “lies”.

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Posted at 10:10 PM on December 10, 2010  

Why does everyone always bring it back to Jill? Jill and Bethany haven’t been friends for 2 years and their fight is so 2009. ugghh so over it, stop connecting Jill and Bethany they have nothing to do with each other anymore.

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Posted at 2:27 PM on December 7, 2010  

So WHAT! The woman is almost 40 now, not a child, and roller skating is not ice skating. What a bogus story.

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Posted at 12:56 PM on December 7, 2010  

Bethenny’s mother should be ashamed of herself for saying anything bad about her own child didn’t she ever hear of unconditional love? Any mother that would say anything disparaging speaks volumes as to her ability to parent. She sucks as a mother!!!

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Posted at 11:52 AM on December 7, 2010  

Bethenny’s mother is jealous of her estranged daughter. Why does she feel the need to go to the news media and say ugly things about her? Her mom is a total mess and she just wants attention. Go away woman. Leave Bethenny alone. She has worked hard to accomplish all that she has. If I were Bethenny, I wouldn’t like someone like you in my life. Bryn doesn’t need to know you either.

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Posted at 9:54 PM on December 6, 2010  

I think Bethenny’s mother is telling the truth. She may be estranged from Bethenny but she knows the essence of her daughter that never changes. Bethenny is a huge manipulator and exaggerating liar…it is so obvious. I can’t understand how others don’t see this. I really think that Bernadette is truly hurt by her. She may not have been the best mother but it doesn’t seem as though Bethenny was physically or verbally abused by her. Her mother may have had issues but it appears as though Bethenny was a spoiled, ungrateful child with a feeling of or sense of entitlement. I feel sorry for Bernadette. I grew up with severe abuse; verbal, physical and neglect, and yet as a woman in my 40’s I still have a relationship with my parents albeit it being a small one.

It is awful that Bethenny can’t connect with her mother again in adulthood. Bethenny is an awful person plain and simple. And being a workaholic nutcase doesn’t make you an admirable individual. Most people on reality TV are phonies. Bethenny I’m sure appears real and nice in person because she is not stupid she needs her fans, but Bethenny is about herself. She is selfish, self-centered and couldn’t give a crap about anyone else. I had so many obnoxious friends like her while growing up and they wound up being the worst people. She is not a good person by no means.

She is not real by no means. She is just a parrot repeating words and ideas she has learned along the way…regurgitating. She is contrived and personally I think she is a disgusting person in general.

Bernadette should just pray for her daughter and not waste her energy on such trash even though it is her daughter. Life has an interesting way of working things out. Karma is wonderful and it usually comes around…so watch it Bethenny before it bites you in your scrawny, unhealthy looking butt.

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Coco puffs

Posted at 7:02 AM on June 8, 2011  

Dear Bernadette…oh I mean…Julia,
Stop smoking the crack pipe!
Thanks :0)

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Posted at 11:47 AM on March 20, 2012  

Julia, i have to wonder what show your talking about? And i find it difficult to believe you experienced any degree of abuse, as you would recognise w/o doubt, Betheny has been abused. While i dont condone or encourage most of her cutting comments, her sarcasm is exactly to be expected from a victim. i certainly relate to and recognise the constant self doubts of being worthy, that she logically knows it cant always be her fault, but emotionally feels it must, since it seems to always follow in most relationships, beit friends or loves. Ive a suspicion you’ve an agenda, such as being a friend to Bernadette or Bernadette herself. You SPEW TO MUCH HATE AND JEALOUSY, and your right, WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND!!! BE HATEFUL AND YOU WILL BE HATED! NO ONE LIKES A BACKYARD BULLY!!!!

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Sour Grapes

Posted at 4:53 PM on December 6, 2010  

I heard that Bernadette and Jill are friends now. I think Jill gave Hollywoodlife Bernadette’s telephone number so they can both attempt to destroy Bethenny’s life and reputation. Jill and Bernadette are two angry, bitter women. They deserve each other.

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Sour Grapes

Posted at 4:50 PM on December 6, 2010  

Bethenny’s mother is bitter and venomous. She doesn’t realize that she is validating everything Bethenny said about her.

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