Well, well, well, it seems Bethenny Frankel changed her tune and decided to come to a fair agreement with Jason Hoppy over custody of their four year old daughter, Bryn. Here is what happened. Last Wednesday, Bethenny went to court and testified that Jason was a horrible person and called him “white trash” and it was very, very, ugly. There was a lot of media coverage and a lot of public backlash. TV talk show hosts and social media were all questioning why neither parent had the records sealed to keep Bryn from being able to later read about the horrible things Bethenny said about the father of her child. New York based Internet media have been constantly referring to Bethenny as a “failed talk show host” rather than a successful business woman. Bethenny was presented in a very negative way.
So the next day, Bethenny was set to spend an hour at a book expo in NYC signing posters and promoting the upcoming release of her new book Cookie and Peanut. Well according to Page Six, when Bethenny arrived there were only four people waiting to meet her. FOUR. Bethenny had a meltdown and her PR people went through the expo to encourage people to stop by her booth. They were able to round up a few people for Bethenny to meet and greet, and Bethenny left after thirty minutes.
I think that was the experience Bethenny needed to have to fully comprehend that a nasty divorce battle was going to hit her where it hurts, her pocketbook. Her PR team finally got through to her that she was damaging her brand by fighting to have total control over her child and excluding Jason from the decision making process. She had no choice but to agree to Jason’s terms.
Yesterday, Jason’s attorney, Bernard Clair released the following statement,“My client is delighted that this custody dispute has been resolved. parties’ child will have the benefit of being raised by both parents and most importantly, his daughter will no longer be at the mercy of a high-profile courtroom battle.”
Although the agreement was sealed by the courts, sources close to the couple told Page Six that Jason won equal time with and decision-making authority. It certainly took long enough, but it is nice to see that Bethenny finally did what is right for Bryn.
It’s unlikely that the other stumbling block to making the divorce final, money, will be resolved as quickly.