‘Real Housewives of New York City’ star Bethenny Frankel rocked the red carpet at the Variety Power of Women NY luncheon, and told HL EXCLUSIVELY how her eight-year-old daughter Bryn has brought her harmony.
Multi-hyphenate businesswoman and Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel, 48, has a lot on her plate – a new Skinnygirl Jeans collection with the Home Shopping Network, a thriving reality television career, plus major endeavors in philanthropy – and she told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY on April 5 at the Variety Power of Women luncheon that her daughter, Bryn, 8, helps her make it all work. “I balance it all because I’m a homebody, and, most of the time I’m home with my daughter,” Bethenny revealed. “My daughter gives me balance, because when I’m with her, I don’t have a nanny, and I’m at pick up and drop off [at school] every day. I’ll be in pajamas, but I am at pick up and drop off at school.”
Bethenny added that when she’s with her daughter, over whom she’s still in a custody battle with ex-husband Jason Hoppy, 48, she focuses all of her attention on Bryn. “When we’re together, we’re totally together. We spend quality time together. If I work, which is very rare, I go to HSN [Home Shopping Network, which markets Bethenny’s Skinnygirl Jeans clothing collection], and spend an hour selling, then three days with [Bryn] wakeboarding [a water sport involving standing on a board and being pulled by a boat] and having fun. That’s my place of ‘yes’. That balance. I don’t have a big social life. I don’t really go out. My life is with her, and then, the rest is work.”
Bethenny recently inked a television deal with uber television producer and 12-time Emmy Award winner Mark Burnett, who created mega hit Survivor and infamously produced The Apprentice, with Donald Trump. The RHONY star will collaborate with Burnett to produce and star in unscripted television shows, according to Deadline. She currently stars in The Real Housewives of New York on Bravo, is the founder of the Skinnygirl brands, and even sits on ABC’s Shark Tank panel along with other investors. “I have a pretty good balance with work,” Bethenny added. “I don’t have as many buckets. It’s fewer buckets full. Mark Burnett would be a bucket. HSN would be a bucket. I don’t [go] out that much. There has to be a reason to come out of pajamas.”
Beyond Bethenny’s television career, she has also devoted major time to philanthropy and service – she rushed to assist the people of Puerto Rico after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria in Sept. 2017. Just one week after the hurricane hit, Bethenny led fundraising efforts for Puerto Rico, raising $1 million, following the natural disaster. “I was looking around at a mess [in Puerto Rico], and I just said, ‘I’m just picking up a broom,'” Bethenny explained. “Everybody said not to go, ‘It’s too dangerous,'” she continued, but she stayed and helped, using her celebrity status and connections for good. Bethenny launched B Strong, a disaster relief initiative, in 2017, and the program focuses on donating food, shelter, emergency aid, and gift cards to those in need.
Be sure to check out HollywoodLife’s EXCLUSIVE full interview with Bethenny above at the Variety event, which was sponsored by Audi, Lifetime, and SheaMoisture.