‘RHONY’: Were Bethenny Frankel and Dennis Shields Secretly Engaged?

Bethenny Frankel and Dennis Shields had a long and complicated relationship before his death. The Real Housewives of New York (RHONY) star is opening more about it. Were they secretly engaged? Here is everything you need to know.

Dennis Shields and Bethenny Frankel
Dennis Shields and Bethenny Frankel | Getty Images/Alessio Botticelli

Bethenny Frankel said Dennis Shields proposed before his death

Frankel and Shields knew each other for 30 years and had an off-and-on-again relationship. In 2013, the two seemed to be dating but Frankel was hesitant to define the relationship. In 2017, she confirmed she was dating Shields after a five-month break. Throughout that time he was still technically married.

In Season 11, Frankel has opened more about their complicated relationship. She revealed that Shields proposed but their engagement was complicated. The reality star said Shields proposed on April 25 when they were having dinner.

Frankel said the engagement was on ice

The businesswoman revealed that her answer to the proposal had a few conditions. The engagement eventually was on ice.

It’s funny because he said to me, ‘Did you say yes?’ And I said, ‘Well, I love you and I can’t believe you did this but we have to talk about some conditions and some terms and how things are going to change’ — issues I’ve had with partnership and consistency,” she said according to People.

She then said, “It was all very complicated and it wasn’t what a natural engagement should be.” The star added, “So our engagement was on ice.”

Frankel previously posed in a picture with Shields showing off a huge diamond ring in 2016. This led to engagement rumors that were then denied.

He also gave her daughter, Bryn a ring

Frankel also revealed in an episode of RHONY that Shields gave her daughter a ring. “He bought Bryn a ring, too,” Frankel told Dorinda Medley. “I loved him so much and we were a family and my daughter was close with him and I knew him for so many years.”

All of this surprised Frankel’s co-stars. Medley said she didn’t know that the two were engaged. There was one friend that reportedly talked to People about the engagement.

He proposed to her with a ring in April. She didn’t wear the ring because they had some things to work out first,” a friend of Frankel said. “There were some hurdles to overcome before she could make that level of a commitment.  She loved him. He’s her family and her best friend and her confidante. Her partner and her business partner.”

Shields was found dead in his apartment in Trump Tower on August 10. The cause of death was “undetermined.” However, he reportedly lost consciousness after allegedly asking his assistant to administer Narcan, which is an emergency antidote to reverse an opioid overdose, according to the New York Post.

Frankel recently tweeted about mourning. “Mourning is tricky business. It’s like the weather. There can be weeks & weeks of sunshine then one day you get whacked with a storm,” she tweeted on March 18.

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