From creating her own cocktail brand to starring in Real Housewives of New York, Bethenny Frankel has certainly seen her share of ups and downs in recent years. Most recently, the reality star has been embroiled in a messy divorce with husband Jason Hoppy. Frankel recently sat down with People at the NYU Alumni Association’s Speakers on the Square event and discussed her initial decision to marry Hoppy and how she knew things wouldn’t work out.
“I think my instinct and gut going into my marriage [knew] it would turn out the way it did… I could feel it, but I intellectualized it. People are always talking about ‘Do I go with my head or my heart?’ Go with your gut.”
Frankel also talked about trusting yourself and not listening to what others say. “Later on, your Mom likes them, your friends are all getting married, your head gets involved, you love having sex with a person, that’s your heart [or something else] getting involved,” she explained.
Frankel went on to reveal that Andy Cohen, a close friend of hers, was one of those voices she shouldn’t have listened to when she decided to marry Hoppy.
“It’s all Andy Cohen’s fault, he will admit it. And yes, that’s the point. That’s why I wrote the book I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To – because I wasn’t making a decision out of truth, I was making a decision out of fear.”
Divorce aside, Bethenny Frankel has enjoyed a fair amount of success in her career. Frankel’s most profitable venture is without a doubt her cocktail brand, Skinnygirl. She started the brand back in 2011, and since then, her estimated worth has grown to around $25 million.
“Luckily I was the first woman to ever speak to women in cocktails, it was an original idea but I had all the other big brands coming up to copy me,” The reality star told Fox Business Network. “You have to know if your idea is original enough and you can get out there first and best and strongest. You want to make sure no one else can do it and you want to make sure you get the trademark.”
Frankel added that her partnerships with other corporations is another reason why her brand is so successful.
“This is a low overhead proposition for me. I don’t want to be responsible for a hundred employees and insurance. I only have a few employees on the brand, which surprised people, but I have amazing partners and I use their infrastructure. They put up the money; they put up the distribution and muscle.”
Catch Bethenny Frankel on the Real Housewives of New York Tuesday nights on Bravo.
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