Bethenny Frankel and husband Jason Hoppy split
Jason Hoppy and Bethenny Frankel atttend the Real Style Live event at Tanger Outlets on Sept. 25, 2010, in Deer Park, N.Y. / Getty
Bethenny Frankel and husband Jason Hoppy are separating.
The 42-year-old TV personality, chef, author and entrepreneur told The Associated Press Sunday that the split brings her "great sadness."
"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. "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."
Frankel also took to Twitter with the news:
I am heartbroken. I am sad. We will work through this as a family.— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) December 23, 2012
Thank you all so much. You give me so much love, and I am so grateful. It feels like your words could get someone through anything.— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) December 24, 2012
In recent months, there have been reports of a rift in the couple's relationship.
Frankel and Hoppy were married in 2010 and have a daughter, Bryn, who was born that same year. The couple's courtship and marriage were documented in two reality series, "Bethenny Getting Married?" and "Bethenny Ever After..." Frankel gained fame as a star of "The Real Housewives of New York City." Since her stint on the Bravo show, she has written four books, released a fitness video and founded her Skinnygirl line of cocktails, shapewear and nutritional supplements.
She launched a talk show, "Bethenny," over the summer that is set to air nationally on Fox stations in 2013.
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