Which ‘RHONY’ Cast Members Seem Most Supportive of Bethenny Frankel’s New Boyfriend?

After suffering a devastating blow of losing Dennis Shields, The Real Housewives of New York City cast members worried about Bethenny Frankel.

Bethenny Frankel |Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage

Frankel and Shields had an extremely close relationship and were even considering the notion of getting married someday. But when Shields died suddenly last year, Frankel was hit hard and was overwhelmed with grief.

However, time and support from close friends have helped her to move forward. Plus she’s even found love again with film executive, Paul Bernon. She’s grown extremely close to Bernon, even sharing that he saved her life when she had an allergic reaction to fish. Now that Bernon is firmly planted in Frankel’s life what do the other cast members think and who is most (and least) supportive?

She seems suspicious

Although Frankel had Luann de Lesseps’ back when she struggled with alcohol, de Lesseps seems almost suspicious of Frankel’s new love. She dished during RHONY After Show and said she really didn’t know Bernon yet.

“I don’t know Bethenny’s new boyfriend, I’ve never heard about him,” de Lesseps says. “I’m beginning to think this relationship has been going on with this guy longer than we all think.” Tinsley Mortimer confirmed that Shields and Frankel would date on and off. During breaks, Frankel dated other people.

Tinsley Mortimer has met him

Mortimer and her mother Dale Mercer dished about the union and both were very supportive. “I met Paul, actually,” Mortimer says. “In Palm Beach but also actually before at her house.”

Mortimer says she really likes him. “He’s great,” she says. “He’s adorable and cool and he’s fun. His parents are hilarious.” Mercer adds that her daughter spent some time with Frankel and Bernon. “He’s very preppy, he’s so cute,” Mercer added.

Mercer and Mortimer recall how Frankel tried to make her relationship work with Shields. “But once he died it sort of let her go,” Mortimer concludes. And it almost forced Frankel to move on.

They have nothing but love for the relationship

Sonja Morgan and Dorinda Medley showed significant support for Frankel. “I don’t think she moved on from Dennis, but having Paul to hold her hand, and to be there for her because she knew him previously,” Morgan remarks. She adds she was concerned about Frankel falling into a depression after Shields passed and having Bernon has been good for her.

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

Medley, who is a widow, says, “I don’t think there are any rules or guidelines for grief.” She adds no one should really comment on it and that everyone does the best they can. “If that means having a friend, dating…whatever it takes to move through it. The person has died. What you have to do has to be best for yourself.”

Morgan and Medley agree that imposing a mourning period or making judgement isn’t helpful. “It really surprised me when I went through it,” Medley recalls.

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