Bethenny Frankel: Interview with Moira Forbes


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Star of Bravo TVs Bethenny Frankel discussed motherhood, the vicious side of making money, and her frustration over irresponsible reporting during a recent interview with Moira Forbes.

Frankel seemed very candid in her interview and stated that she waited to become a mother because she had not met Mr. Right and denied that it was because she wanted to focus on her career.

In April 2011, Frankel sold her Skinnygirl Cocktail line to Fortune Brands' Beam Global for an alleged $120 million dollars. In October 2011, E! Online reported that the sale was actually closer to $8.1 million. It was subsequently pulled from Whole Foods Market shelves in August 2011 after it was discovered not to meet Whole Food's quality standards due to preservatives in the product, contrary to its advertisement which stated "no preservatives."

The failure of the cocktail line to meet profits for Whole Foods led to accusations that the star inflated the net worth of the brand. Frankel was concerned that her fans would view her as a lesser woman and a crook. She adresses the issue once again and said that money is garbage if it damages the relationship she has with her family or fans.

Prior to this she wore many hats; she worked as an actress, a production assistant on Saved by the Bell, a finalist on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart TV show, and was a cast member on The Real Housewives of new York City.


In June 2010, she had another Bravo reality TV show, Bethenny Getting Married? which documented her engagement, marriage and the birth of her daughter. The show's premiere was the highest rated of any series in Bravo's history.

She said that the most difficult thing that she had to learn to deal with was how poele reacted to her wealth,"Money brings out a really vicious side in other people. It surprises me because you always think about people making money and it changing them, you never think about it changing everything else. Fame isn’t the thing that changed the people around me, but money is."

Unlike other stars, Frankel keeps it real and is frank about the emotional roller-coaster of becoming a star. She doesn't make it look easy and reports that she is both sad and happy about certain facets of her life.

This season of Bethenny Frankel’s reality show focuses more on her second year of marriage and trying to balance motherhood, along with her career.