Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel scared fans after announcing that she has a mysterious health issue this past week. While viewers are still in the dark about her medical condition, Frankel’s mom is not worried, despite the fact that she hasn’t seen the reality star in over 12 years.
In an interview with Radar Online, Frankel’s mother, Bernadette Birk, explained how her daughter has not reached out to her about the health scare. If Frankel’s medical crisis is such a big deal, then one would expect her to at least inform her own family about the situation.
“I have no idea,” Birk shared. “I haven’t spoken to her in 12 years. Maybe more. I really don’t know anything about her life and I don’t want to.”
Apart from her estranged relationship with Frankel, Birk didn’t hesitate to offer her own conclusions on her daughter’s health. In contrast to what everyone has been led to believe so far, Birk thinks that the issue is not serious in nature.
“An overnight stay in the hospital is no big deal,” Birk told the outlet. “It could be something cosmetic.”
According to Bustle, fans first learned of Frankel’s health issue during the new trailer for Season 8 of the Real Housewives of New York. The trailer did not reveal any specifics of whatever Frankel is going through. However, fans were surprised and worried when Frankel brought up drafting a living will.
Frankel’s medical scare caught many fans off guard because the reality star is known for staying in great health. Not only does she keep up a regimental fitness plan, but she takes her health very seriously on the show. While this doesn’t exclude her from having a medical related crisis, her sudden problems have come out of nowhere, leaving fans wondering what is going on with RHONY’s most outspoken star.
In addition to the tease in the trailer, Yahoo is reporting that Frankel did provide fans with a general clue regarding her medical state. Apparently, it is something that a lot of women her age go through. Even though Frankel plans to deal with the issue personally, she hopes that it will be a learning opportunity for her fans.
“I’m facing a women’s health issue that many women can relate to,” Frankel said. “I’m dealing with it head on, and viewers will understand how I personally deal with matters such as this. I hope women can relate, learn and support each other in life moments like this.”
Whether or not Bethenny Frankel’s medical problem is a serious one is unknown. Considering her mom’s comments, it doesn’t seem as though the issue is as dire as the show is making it appear. Whatever the case, Frankel is expected to have surgery to fix the problem, which is one of the reasons behind Frankel’s request for a living will. After all, even minor surgeries have a share of risk involved.
Despite everyone’s worry and concern, fans will not likely learn the truth until after the reality series returns to television next month. This is certainly frustrating for viewers, especially given Frankel’s popularity on the show. However, it will probably result in higher ratings for the coming season as fans tune it to find out about Frankel’s fate. “Bethenny has some health issues,” Sonja Morgan added. “You have to see how it turns out and how serious it is.”
The 8th season of the Real Housewives of New York is set to air April 6 on Bravo. Along with Frankel, the show will see the return of LuAnn de Lesseps, Morgan, and Ramona Singer.
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