Cameras have caught reality TV star Bethenny Frankel in joyous moments as well as more difficult times, but now they've captured her revealing a heart-wrenching personal story.
The 41-year-old was speaking on the "Today" show Monday about the third season of her Bravo show, "Bethenny Ever After," which premieres tonight, when she let it slip that she'd recently had a miscarriage.
"We were pregnant with a second baby, and at eight weeks, I miscarried," Frankel revealed. "That was a very emotional experience. It had a lot of different things that came with it."
For example, doubts about her age, whether or not she's a failure as a partner to her husband Jason, and if the same would have happened if he'd wed someone younger.
"Until you become a woman, you don't know the things that come with being a woman," Frankel said. "I'm 41, and, I don't know, it's not really my choice. It's not really my option, and the window's closing, and it's something I'm dealing with."
As far as whether she wants to keep trying, Frankel's unsure.
"I'm not really thinking about it. I don't know what I feel about what my options are," she said. "I do have an incredible daughter, I feel like she's perfect, and truthfully, I have thought about other women more than myself. The first thing that I thought about was, ' I can't believe what people must go through if they can't even have the one.'"
She continued, "Thinking about those women who can't have their own baby, even the first baby, I mean, I'm really lucky. I have the most beautiful daughter in the world. And I'm grateful for her."
If the GOP personhood bill was passed in her state she would be investigated as a murderer....how stupid......I know how she feels I have had several miscarriages...may God give her strength...
Talk about an unnewsworthy topic - why is she sharing with us? Go see a shrink and stop feeling sorry for yourself.
I don't watch whatever reality show Ms. Frankel is on and have never seen it. Therefore, I have nothing negative to say about her. I would also NEVER joke about the death of a baby. I am sure this is going to bring on a firestorm of comments about "it" not being a person but I am one of those people who believe that life begins at conception. If she and her husband were truly trying to intentionally have another child, my heart goes out to them. I would feel sympathy for the unintentional loss of a life. As someone who hopes to become "with child" in the next two or three months through in-vitro, the possibility of miscarriage scares the crap out of me and I honestly don't know how I would deal with it if it happens.
I have nothing against Frankel and no opinion about her personal life–because, even though she's a "reality" TV star, I don't know her and I don't know about her personal life. None of us who only watch her on TV do.
I can say that I find these kinds of shows in general to be distasteful and that I find the type of celebrity catagory that Ms. Frankel's finds herself being to be the most false, exploitative and least interesting of any other variety I can think of besides being a porn star. But that's not her fault–she's just trying to make a living. Not sure why anyone should be discussing their miscarriage for the entertainment of others, though. Makes me feel sorry for her on a lot of levels.
I'm not sure why, but this woman really rubs me the wrong way. In any event, what makes her special?
"You don't know until you become a woman" What? You didn't know you were a woman until you miscarried at 41?! Please, get a life.
If Jennifer Aniston gets pregnant and carries a baby to term it was probably an EGG DONOR. If she has twins it was definitely one. YES – she is too old to get pregnant!!!
I don't really know much about her except that she is on a reality show I don't watch. For the ones on here that commented she is too old to be pregnant...........I wonder if they will cut JenniFer Anniston down if she ever gets pregnant since she said she is trying..and she is now 43! Or maybe because she looks good and thinks she can act, they will all be for her having a baby. (Not that I ever see that happening!)
she is everything that is wrong with America. Could be a case study in how shallow people are, and how driven to try and find celebrity and notoriety, instead of happiness. Please do us all a favor and crawl back under the rock you came from.
...and if E! Entertainment said "Bird, we would like to pay you hundreds of thousands of dollars to follow you around NY with our cameras", you would of course say no. And if you thought up a product that was very successful at a local level and a major marketing firm and major distiller wanted to buy it from you for millions, you would say no. Your jealousy is almost as evident as your low intelligence.
I don't believe for one second she had a miscarriage. She had a bad test result and then an abortion. These Hollywood over-40 types are all perpetuating THE BIG LIE. Miscarriages are Downs abortions and twins are all egg donor babies. Shame on them for making us believe "miracles" happen to them.
Did your ayatolla Rick Santorum tell you this on Faux News?
HEY – pm – you are am idiot and missed my whole point. I am not a celebrity – so I had an abortion due to an abnormality – I did not have a "miscarriage."
You need to crawl back under the rock – that's statement is so absurd. What a ridiculous generalization to say about anyone.
Well, at least it doesn't SOUND like the pregnancy was terminated deliberately. But I have yet to hear a "media darling" bragging about an abortion.
Her name and the word "anguish" should never be in the same sentence. She has it pretty good...She's a publicity Wh&*$%.
Really? Who cares?
We really dont need to hear about anyones miscarriage.
It happens every day she isnt unique.
I'll bet most of the negative comments are from men who never had a miscarriage.
Stop comments on EVERY little thing you know NOTHING about.
Oh no, I've lost my baby – what should I do? I know, I'll go parade it around all the news channels!!!!
She didn't announce this – the reporter asked her about it. She probably would not have brought it up herself. You haters really need to look at yourselves – she has many fans/friends who support her – you probably can't say the same.
oh boo-hoo.. most probably it's a fake story planted by her... get a grip on yourself lady? So emotionally wrecked by it, that you felt like parading around all the networks? Trying to extend your pathetic 15 minutes of fame, you fame-wh**e??
this should be a lesson to all women who wants to have kids to start planning for a family when they are young like in their late 20's.
Really? Such an educated response...LIKE, should they, LIKE really!?!? LIKE you tell'em girlfriend!
Seriously, who is Bethenny Frankel? Why is her first name misspelled? Why do we need to know that she had a miscarriage? Why do we care at all? Why is this news? Is she one of those people that is famous for being famous and contributes nothing? Questions...questions...
This is one of the funniest comments string I've seen in awhile. Half of the post are from the same people with different names, going back and forth with themselves and NO ONE notices!!!
I truly felt her anguish as this was divulged on the interview. This was morning TV, usually light and full of fluff, and she was blindsided by the question AND her own feelings in front of a national audience. I do not understand the hate that is filling this thread. SHE SUFFERED A REAL LOSS. Please show some empathy people!
Who is this person?
When you discovered you were pregnant (if you really were) did you immediately start thinking up ways to expolit this to make money and get attention? I believe you are the type of person who would do something like this....
She too freaking old to have anymore kids! The old you get the higher the chance of having kids with Downs Syndrome (see Sarah Palin if you don't believe me). This woman doesn't need anymore kids anyways, no kid wants her anyways. so this turned out nicely. No down syndrome kid for someone else to raise (because she wouldn't), she gets to stay at 90 lbs, she gets money for having a miscarriage because this tool gets to be on the mews. It's a win win!
When will people realize that this "woman" (and I use that term loosely) is completely irrelevant? A reality TV star? Complete LOSER!!! Most important, when will she realize that no one likes her? Please go away!!!!!!!!!!
Can someone explain why this narcissist is famous?
I like Bethenny and really enjoy watching her show. I feel bad for her loss and could only imagine the pain that she and Jason went through. Everyone has the right to speak their mind on any topic, but it's such a waste of time and energy when it is so intentionally hurtful.
Ok, anyone who thinks abortion is always wrong...shouldn't we be investigating this woman for possible manslaughter charges? 60-70% of conceptions are aborted before birth with no assistance from doctors or medicine. That is a lot of manslaughter goin on out there.
This woman is a shrew, and I find it hard to believe that she didn't welcome that miscarriage. Maybe she should get treatment for that eating disorder before she tries to bring another kid into the world. I'm sick of Bethenny. She treats everyone like garbage, including her poor husband. And everyone who's familiar with this self-serving hag know that she only had her first kid to snag the man. She whines and carries on about how awful her own (very privileged) childhood was - and then she puts money and fame ahead of her daughter's needs. I wish this skeleton would just go away.
Inumerable women in the world miscarry a child every day. In my practice, the woman and/or significant other are heartbroken and even embarassed to share their experience with family members and friends. Splashing Bethany's face and her "family tragedy" across news web pages not only lacks plausibility but is a weak attempt to promote a reality show – did the production company really believe this could lead to more viewers? Bad choice
Rick Santorum as president = war with Iran. Dude is totally nu tz.
why don't you get a room with coolbreeze. You're just as annoying as the trolls maybe more so cuz you on Marquee looking for it every day. Get a life loser.
@11:02 – actually, i've been on here for the last two days. the trolls just keep feeding me. they can dish it, but they can't take it. the trolling on that coolbreeze dude has been going on for a while. like i've said before, he sounds like a stand up guy who wouldn't post that way. he's not the only one, either. i think somebody protests too much. maybe you are the little troll causing all the mayhem. i'll bet i'm right!
This is really too much information. It should be shared only with her husband and her doctor. It does not concern us and is none of our business.
How does one "let it slip that she'd recently had a miscarriage."? Bethany Frankel is out to sell herself and that's all it is. When she was on the housewives she was the bad girl and then when they opted to give her her own show soon enough she was the good girl always being attacked.
I am extremely sorry that she did miscarry her child. I think it's one of the saddest events for any woman. But I also don't think it's right to go around 'promoting' the case just to garner sympathy RIGHT BEFORE the premiere of your show. Seriously, why now? WHy not right after it happened? Why not a month later? No, let's do it the day before my premiere episode airs so people will feel sorry for me and my ratings will go up because of sympathy viewing.
I'm tired of REALITY dorks getting press from the housewives to the shore crew. They don't have talent other than to pee behind a potted plant or to fabricate a stalled boat out in the middle of the ocean. From Taylor on Beverly Hills wives writing her "life story with Russell" seconds after his death to Bethany Frankel constantly making it seem she's SUPER for doing what she does. It's dumb.
I agree with your statements wholeheartedly, and feel you have nailed this right on the head. This was a PR moment to promote a series premier. This in and of itself shows the true shallowness of this individual.
Agreed that "let it slip" is BS. But no, she does not have to sell herself. See sold Skinnygirl Margarita to Jim Beam and is doing just fine, thank you very much.
It's a terrible thing to go through, yes but, it is not uncommon and hardly newsworthy. A woman runs a 1 in 5 chance of miscarriage no matter who you are. Moving on...
It's a shame she had to go through that, as it is a shame that any woman would have to. The only question I have is: who is she? Why does her personal story warrant a CNN headline vs. the personal story of any other woman?
Amen to that! Preach on, Brother Coolbreeze!
Millions of women have miscarriages every. single. day. Why should we care about this worthelss, talentless media WH0RE? These blogs are getting more and more desperate for stories. Good for her miscarriage. She herself should have been an abortion, and anyone who is stupid enough to watch "reality" cr@p like Real Housewives shows should have been too. People wonder why there is a general dumbing down of America. Here's your answer right here!
Coolbreeze watches. Pretty dumb to let slip you'be followed her from Real Housewives to Bethany. What a tool!
@Coolbreeze: That's a bit much, dude.
why do you have so much hate for this coolbreeze dude? are you a little jealous that he seems to be a good guy, and you have no idea how to be that way? grow up, little buddy. you are a "looser".
Wow, dude. Wishing someone was aborted, nice person you are. Like 14 year old Liz said, your karma is going to come around hard on you. Maybe that is why you are so bitter and hateful already. I am not religious but I do subscribe to the "do unto others" and "he who is without sin, cast the first stone" mantras. Most of you haters out on this blog need to look at yourself in the mirror and ask "what have I become, that I am so hateful of a person?"
And that's what happens when 40 year olds try to have children.... Not normal! Did you want it to be mentally disabled or have downs syndrome or something? So selfish!
She's so "handy" around the house she couldn't figure out how to put wheels on that miscarriage?
Isn't she getting a bit long in th the tooth to be having babies? Really pushing the envelope here!
WoW! so many cruel and hateful ppl posting these harsh comments...regardless these are still regular people with feelings...Geesh I guess yall r perfect God forbid anything bad ever happens to any of u
Obama dissed his Muzzy cuzzy Osama after he had him whacked
I've never actually watched more than a few minutes of any of these shows at a time...and in those cases I was sort of forced into it by friends. But one thing is certain: Most of these women are just TOO OLD to have children with any relative safety.
I realize that's a hard pill to swallow for some, but there really is a biological tipping point, and for the vast majority of women, that is around 37 or before. Sure, people HAVE had kids later than that, and do so frequently. But usually not without a HUGE medical expense, and a grave risk to both the mother and the developing fetus. Additionally, birth defects (Downs Syndrome, general mental retardation...the list goes on..) are much higher in women of this age group. Plastic surgery can hold off some of the visual aspects of getting older, but the internal mechanics can't be changed. Ms. Frankel is just running into a hard fact of biology.
Why do people even watch this junk?
This REALLY is the DUMBING down of America.
Jim Beam purchased Bethanys idea for over three hundred million. You're whining on a comment page and for free....Whose dumber?
May peace be with you Beth.
Sad to hear that. From experience it is a devastating reality. I wish her and her family wellness. Bethany..enjoy your daughter while you can, your loss is tremendous but the child you have is a gift. You said it yourself, imagine never being able to have a child!! Count your blessing!
she lets the camera in on her and her psychologist... no surprise she invited them in for something like this
And explain to me how this even qualifies as "news"?????
WHO CARES? HONESTLY........
Mr. Frances.............I agree 100%
It's in the entertainment section. Do you need someone to call 911 for you? Does someone have a gun to your head, making you click on this story? Type 1 for yes, 2 for no.
Let us nt judge her pls bcos wat happened had happenéd let us God 2 judge
Maybe if you learn how to speak proper American English people will be able to understand your posts.
I have long since admired her as a successul business woman. No doubt she will fill her home with as much passion and love as she did to succeed in her professional life.
I wish her continued good health & hope she can find solace in the wonder that is her daughter & the comfort that comes from her husband.
BTW... There's a special place of fire run by the guy in that red suit for all mean spirited people. What goes around, comes around!
your so right!... kidding obviously. You're insane if you really feel this strongly about a reality TV character.
Lol..some of you need to relax. From what I have seen of her on the Housewives of NY, she wasn't all that nice herself.
Oh and by the way, im 14 and thats sad i have more of a soul than all you rude people do and im just what people say a bratty little teenager
Bravo. Liz! You are wise &
kind beyond your years!!!
Ditto. Some of these comments make me want to scream. People can be so mean.
Not being able to have a child is horrible and losing one is even worse!
this chick is just an older uglier jewish version of those attention wh ore wastes of oxygen the kardashians. i wish evolution would hurry up and exterminate the lot of them
Wow. people really need to strt carring for others. because what if that was you and you lost your child? or if that child was you? you wouldnt be saying all that shiznit would you? For thoes who are being rude about the situation i pray for you because you obviously need somone to care or you to care for others.
I agree Liz
Bethenny might be skinny and have a prominent jaw but that is just physical appereance, the ugly soul on some of the posters of this board is their personal disgrace and they have to live with it and worse yet, the people around them have to live with such vileness, instead of looking and commenting on Bethenny, they should take a good look in the mirror and ask a simple question: Why in the world do I care to read and post nasty things about a person I don't know instead of working on my own personal issues.
Maybe if this skinny stick figure of a woman would eat a meal and gain some weight, her body would support a baby. She's too skinny!
You may be right.
Rachel Zoe was skinnier than Bethenny and she has a child, one thing has nothing to do with the other. I just hope that karma doesn't come back to bite you in the behind for making a mockery of a personal loss and tragedy, you are so insensitive and it will come back in spades back to you and it will be well deserved.
Regardless of your opinion of her celebrity, she's mentioned a topic that few in the media truly discuss with such candor.
What is it like becoming a parent at a later age than most women? How does it feel to not be able to have more children? What is it like to feel as if you are holding back the gift of children to your spouse?
Many women in their late thirties and after confront these realities. I was able to have children, but only after much struggle and delay. I may not watch this woman's show, but I appreciate her discussion of a topic that is rarely discussed, but extremely intense for those of us who have experienced it.
I did not view this as anything but a candid discussion of a difficult, but important topic.
You may not find it relatable, but many of us do.
* WORLD NEWS NEXT *......
there are plenty of talentless attention-craving women who have had miscarriages, they're just not as attractive as her. I feel bad for her but at the same time Its hard to feel empathy for someone who has been given everything in life yet still feels it is necessary for everyone in the world to know how "abhorrent" her life is
whats happened to humanity? whats happened to showing even the smallest amount of compasion for someone? why do so many people feel it necessary to comment on something just to to say something? some of these remarks are without fore thought of others feelings. I guess unless it has happened to you it really doesn't matter? with so much instability in the world lets just add a little more negative to the mix. I say enough is enough. If you don't like what you read, then don't comment. nobody wants to here the negative and stupid things you say. what ever happened to being human?
The comments section is called "Sound Off". Why is it that when someone's opinion is different from yours, that makes them negative? I disagree with a lot of the things being said. Does that make me right?
How in the bloody h*ll did this woman get an entire show about her?? Usually I'm sickened by reality TV... But in this case, I'm too baffled to be disgusted. Who, aside from maybe her family, gives a rat's a** about this lady? What would be the point of putting my hard earned free time, and essentially, my life, aside to watch what this lady does?? Just when you think it can't go any lower, reality TV gives us something even more pointless to banter on about... and for those of you that are paid to post supportive messages to this spoiled brat: I do have more important thing to do, and I'm now going to go do them. See you all in five minutes when this show is cut and the next POS is shoveled into our mouths by CNN.
Her show is great, and a lot of people get a lot out of it. So, why don't you STFU and stop posting about something you obviously know nothing about, but apparently care too much about. Id iot.
I love her show. It's real and honest and from the heart. She is a nice person who worked her way up the business ladder. If you don't watch her show, go somewhere else and comment on something you watch. There are many women who look up to Bethenny. Sorry for your loss B and family.
So sorry for your loss. She is sharing her pain because she is human just like us. My sister has one child and has been trying for another but has had miscarriages. It's a painful loss. She still feels very blessed to have her son but sometimes it's not easy. I always wanted a child and waited to long. I wish women could start families while they are still young enough to have children. Every child is a blessing !! God bless you and your family during this difficult time and thank you for sharing your feelings so sad it's not easy when some people have no compassion. Please treat everyone with alittle compassion. What a beautiful world this would be !!!
Wow! So many negative people with hurtful and hateful comments. Didn't your parents ever teach you that if don't have something good/nice to say about someone, don't say anything at all? Apparently not. Next time you think you have something worthwhile to add with such hateful comments, please show some restraint &self-control and don't comment at all. Such lack of self-control shows a complete absence of caring and empathy toward your fellow men and women and only serves to make people know you've sloughed way too much of your gray matter (brain cells) away.
Yes, there are some nasty, vile people on these boards. They are so unsatisfied with their own lives that they come on these boards to spew their venom. You have to pity them, really.
Besides, most of the people posting hateful comments are GOPers who are just pizzed because they are losers who are going to lose their azzes in November ... and, that's going to be HILARIOUS!! The whole South is going to fall into a deep depression. Fox News will say it was voter fraud that won the re-election for President Obama, and the lemmings will lap it up like a kitten lapping up a plate of milk. The rednecks can't even figure out how voting Republican is bad for them and their trailer park. Anyway, that's why they come post on here. It's an outlet for those poor souls.
haha right... even african americans are admitting they made a mistake with Obama
What hurtful words some of you are using. No matter what or how you feel about her, please show some compassion to her and her family. Bethany is a self made woman who is business savvy, has a husband who appears to love her greatly and a beautiful child. As a mother of 3, I can't imagine the pain that comes with a miscarriage, but I send prayers out for anyone that has suffered this and to Bethany as well.
Oh for the love of all that's holy....must EVERY iota of life be announced in front of a damn camera?
... but, feel good getting that off your mind, Sparky?
Couldn't agree with you more, deb.
I don't know much about this woman but I respect her thought process. It's amazing to me how many women who have had difficulty having one child go out and try and try to have another child naturally and then go out and pay big bucks to have another via other means. Maybe everyone isn't meant to have 2.5 children. Maybe your life will not end if you were meant to have 1 child. She's 41 and has a child. Be happy with that and move on.
Bad situation, but she still talks about a very personal matter on TV. Makes you wonder ...
... but, since obviously you don't follow her, it does make me wonder why you're here ... reading about her ... and then commenting. Id iot.
I didn't know who she was until watching her show last night. She is what she is...she is a narcasist but she is funny and since I like women who are strong, funny, independant and are in great shape, I like her and think she is hot. Maybe, just maybe, she is doing this for the right reasons and wants to show that she isn't the ice queen she appears to be and something like this is very painful and this experience has made her a more comapssionate and better person and wants to relate to other women who have gone through the same thing. I don't know who would want 15 minutes of fame, if they had to deal with all the truely hateful people out there, as evidenced by this blog. Damn peolpe, she lost a child.
A sad loss but at least you got a soundbyte out of it.
Bingo! We have a winner. That's all it is about.
Maybe Bethany can have another relaxing vacation in massachusetts...you remember massachusetts dont you beth?...where you were totally lying about one of our citizens...the one who wants to sue you....all the filming lies on bethany ever afters season ender...with all the lies im amazed they didnt cancel the show..
Wow. You're terrifying, Jason D. I hope you can detect the sarcasm in this post. Why don't you go crawl back under the rock you live under, and leave the rest of society alone.
Tell Jill go ahead and sue. We all know she won't because she'd lose. Biggest liar ever to be on a show and thank god Bravo kicked Jill's lying self to the curb.
Shes a very intuitive women of the 20TH century. She exumes CLASS! go BETHANY GREAT JOB.
And It's the 21st century.
Exuming class throughout the 20th century. Have to love that Bethenny Frankel.
~ ahem ~ Pssst....it's the 21st century.
Bethenny and Jason, I am so sorry for your loss. I had a miscarriage and I know how devastating it is. I didn't have a child at the time, but did have a wonderful son a few years later. But either way, it is still an emotional and difficult time.
Please ignore these people who have nothing nice or positive to say. They must be horrible people. I know many who enjoy your show and and get a lot of laughs at your funny perspective on life (but not this particular experience). We love you and wish you and your family well – and hope you are healing from your ordeal. Take comfort in your daughter and Jason at this time.
A self made successful woman, very down to Earth who speaks her mind whether you like it or not. She didn't grow up in a happy home with loving parents....she still deals with that pain. She & Jason want to provide their little daughter Bryn with a happy home & wanted to add another child.
Sorry for the sad news of the miscarriage Jason & Bethenny,maybe soon your dreams of another child will come true.
No reason for this woman to be as famous as she is, and yet there she is on CNN. When will we be done hearing about all these reality stars???? I guess we never will
How do you figure that?
Not until you stop showing your interest in them. The irony of your stupidity hurts my head.
Shame??? what the hell are you doing then not only reading the online article, but writing about it? Fool!
I wish one of my girlfriends had had an abortion or miscarriage, so we could talk about it on national tv.
... then, we wouldn't have to read your lameazz ramblings.
What a nasty and crude comment!!
Why would anyone talk about you? Are you on any reality shows, do you have a super sucessful business, did you come up with anything that you can sell all over country. My guess is no.
Really???? Is this woman worth taking the time to write about? Shame on you CNN.......go cover something more important, like poverty in America.
...and yet you followed the link.
...in the entertainment section.
... doesn't mean it's not important to me. If it doesn't interest you, then just why the fnck are you here? Go away, and keep your vile comments to yourself.
When you click on a story, you are voting for that story. When you comment on a story, that's like voting for it 10 more times. What CNN reports on is based on your behavior.
I am forced to explain this because you are too young or naive to figure that out on your own. All in a day's work.
If she is not worth writting about then why did you take time to read it and comment on it???? Really does your opinion matter....NO!
She would make a horrible mother!
Marc has mommy issues.
The baby opted out No baby wants this hag as a mother.
Seriously? That's a nasty thing to say. What did she ever do to you?
Maybe one of
"those women who can't have their own baby, even the first baby, I mean, I'm really lucky." – Bethenny Frankel
OMG ... should that be Evil ... ;)
I mean maybe she's one of
Sorry, I'd hate to look lime some slack-jawed moron commenting on this stupid story! ;)
What an ignorant, evil, thing to say, which Iam sure came from an ignorant evil piece of garbage!!
20% of confirmed pregnancies (where the woman has a positive pregnancy test) end in miscarriage. You may not like Bethenny Frankel, but your comments are insensitive to all women who have had a miscarriage or threatened miscarriage.
Who the hell is this woman? She's apparently a star and I've never heard of her.
Yes, but what do you look like?
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