Bethenny Frankel Refuses to Share Custody of Her Daughter with Jason Hoppy

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The Real Housewives of New York star filing for sole custody of daughter Bryn

In January, The Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel and estranged husband Jason Hoppy both went into their divorce proceedings by filing for sole custody of their two-year-old daughter Bryn. However, word has it that now Jason has relented… but Bethenny’s standing firm.

RadarOnline spoke to an anonymous source who says that the Skinny Girl mogul isn’t having any of her husband’s attempts at compromise. “Jason doesn’t want to cut Bethenny out of his daughter’s life, and he recognizes that Bryn needs her mommy. Jason is agreeable to joint custody of Bryn, but Bethenny is absolutely balking. She wants sole custody of Bryn, period. No compromises. It makes no sense because Jason is a very active father and plans to be a huge part of his daughter’s life,” the alleged insider said.

The court has ordered a parenting evaluation to try and smooth over their differences, but Bethenny has reportedly balked at that, as well. A previous source told RadarOnline that Bethenny didn’t want a stranger going into her home and criticizing her as a mother. It could be that that same defensiveness is motivating her refusal to compromise with Jason.


Bethenny hasn’t made a statement to explain if she has a problem with her ex’s parenting, but we do know that she has one celebrity role model in mind: Kate Holmes. She’s using Katie’s lawyer Allan Mayefsky, who successfully brokered sole custody of Suri Cruise for Katie. Of course, these are two radically different situations. But you have to wonder what’s going on behind-the-scenes. It almost makes me sad that these two aren’t on reality TV anymore, because at least then we’d have an idea of what their issues were.

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