Bernadette (Bethenny’s Mom) says Bethenny is lying about her past!

14 Oct

I recently got an email from an Anonymous source claiming that Bethenny was lying about her past, and that she actually had a pretty normal childhood, however, I didn’t want to post it on the blog yet, because I didn’t know if this was a true source or just someone wanting to start a rumor.

To my surprise, I found this article on

Bethenny Frankel is known for her outspoken ways, but her estranged mother Bernadette Birk is upset over Bethenny’s continued portrayal of their family and their past.

In an exclusive interview with, Birk claims Bethenny’s explanation of her upbringing is a lie.

“She is slamming me… and I’m sick!” Birk told

In a magazine interview, Frankel said that Birk was “never a mother” to her and she “never had a true childhood” but rather “a lot of destruction: alcohol abuse, eating disorders and violent fights.”

On both The Real Housewives of New York and Bethenny Getting Married? the driven brunette beauty often discusses her estrangement with both her parents and has embraced her husband Jason Hoppy’s parents as the family she never had.

“She did not come from a broken home and her father did not leave her at 4 years old,” Birk said when asked about the sad childhood picture Frankel paints. “I left her father when she was 2 years old and he did not support us with one penny, no alimony.”

As for Bethenny’s wild teen years, Birk said she has no knowledge of such behavior.

“I was a stay at home

mother and didn’t go back to work until she started boarding school,” Birk, who is an interior architect, added. “I gave up so much because I loved her… I didn’t even consider it giving something up.

“She went to visit her father for the first time at 15 years old. It was the same time she is now claiming she started drinking and doing drugs. I was never aware she was doing this. Even though she is bad mouthing her father she was always after his affection.”

Birk also revealed her last moments with her daughter which were filled with tension and anger.

“The last time I spoke to her was 10 years ago when she borrowed my car and then demolished it and she left it in her boyfriend’s lot and it got stripped,” Birk says.

“I called her to tell her and she started yelling at me and hung up… and we have never spoken since.”


4 Responses to “Bernadette (Bethenny’s Mom) says Bethenny is lying about her past!”

  1. Paige October 14, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    I was surprised to see a dedication in Bethenny’s first book to her mother and stepfather. If she had such acrimonious feelings toward her, why would she make a mention of her in the credits? If seems fishy to me. I love Bethenny, but perhaps she is even still internally conflictedxabout this relationship. That may color how she portrays it from one time to another.

    • bravotvblog October 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

      Oh! That is really interesting! I didn’t know that she had dedicated one of her books to her mother & stepfather! I’ll look into that!

  2. jane April 5, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    Her mom says she was a SAHM, yet also says the dad never paid 1 penny. How did she manage to send Bethenny to boarding school?? Something smells of lying here.

  3. jill April 16, 2011 at 1:11 am #

    Bethenny is sick and twisted female her mother made sure she had clothes on her back and a roof over her head thats what she was suppose to do,what ever way she didnt shouldnt matter to her. I think Bethenny needs to grow up.

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