EXCLUSIVE: Bethenny Frankel on Re-Entering the Dating World: 'It Was Very Natural'

by Raphael Chestang 4:13 PM PDT, April 04, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Bethenny Frankel on Re-Entering the Dating World: 'It Was Very Natural'

Bethenny Frankel is opening up about surviving her divorce and re-entering the dating world, but this time on reality TV.

Three years after The Real Housewives of New York City star filed for divorce from estranged husband Jason Hoppy, the former couple still hasn't finalized the breakup, which Frankel describes as a painful process.

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"It's been by far the most difficult thing I've ever been through," Frankel tells ET. "It was really brutal and I would cry every day, and now that I'm coming out of it, I feel like I've survived something."

Despite the tears, Frankel has been able to celebrate some progress in the situation. She's finally come to the end of paying Hoppy $12,000 per month in spousal support. Still, they continue to fight over property.

"It's not over, but when it is over, we're going to party like it's 1999," Frankel promises.

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Judging from the upcoming eighth season of RHONY, Hoppy isn't the only person Frankel is fighting. It looks like the Skinnygirl mogul and new housewife Jules Wainstein get off to a rocky start.

"You can come into the lion's den, just know there's a lion in there!" Frankel says frankly.

The first episode of the season shows Frankel on a date, but it appears as if she's taking things slowly. The reality star was quick to correct anyone who thinks her "love life" is being put on display.

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"I didn't put my love life on TV because I'm not in love," Frankel explains. "I put fun, casual dating on TV. It was just very natural."

The Real Housewives of New York City returns to Bravo on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Watch the video below to hear Frankel open up about her mysterious health scare.