It’ll be a “Blue Christmas” at Bethenny Frankel’s house. The one-time star of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City is calling time on her marriage to Jason Hoppy, just two years after the couple said “I Do” in an intimate ceremony at Manhattan’s Four Seasons Restaurant.
“This was an extremely difficult decision that as a woman and a mother, I have to accept as the best choice for our family,” Frankel said in a statement Sunday. “We have love and respect for one another and will continue to amicably co-parent our daughter who is and will always remain our first priority. This is an immensely painful and heartbreaking time for us.”
The couple have one daughter — Bryn, 2.
The split news follows days of tabloid dish about the rocky union between Hoppy and Frankel — a former chef, whose books on the benefits of natural living are New York Times bestsellers.
The soon-to-be exes met at a nightclub in New York City in November 2008. Bethenny’s big day was captured by Bravo cameras as part of the network’s unscripted spinoff, Bethenny’s Getting Married. Another Frankel reality soap, Bethenny Ever After, soon followed. Bravo reportedly picked up the tab for the lavish ceremony, which cost a reported $200,000.
Frankel was previously wed to businessman Peter Sussman from 1996 to 1997.