Bethenny Frankel Opens Up About ‘The First Real Home’ She’s Ever Had

07/15/2015 at 04:32 PM ET

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She’s one of the most famous Real Housewives on television but in this week’s PEOPLE Bethenny Frankel admits she never felt like she had a home – until now.

“This is the first real home I’ve had in my entire life,” says Frankel, 44, of the new Bridgehampton, New York farmhouse she purchased in April. “I’ve moved around so much. And in the places I’ve rented, I hardly ever wanted to put pictures up because I didn’t feel like it’s mine.”

Her new country home, which has five bedrooms (two of the bedrooms have been converted) plus a guest cottage, is the house she’s always dreamed of. “Everything here is easy,” she says. “I’m not worried about people spilling stuff.”

It’s become her haven, from both the onscreen drama of this season’s The Real Housewives of New York City, as well as the domestic drama of her never-ending divorce with estranged husband Jason Hoppy. The two are still battling over money and the Tribeca apartment, which even now she admits, “never felt like home.”

Her new place, which she says “represents peace and freedom,” however, does. “It’s like the Destiny’s Child song “Independent Women, Pt. 1″: ‘Shoes on my feet, I bought ’em. I depend on me.'” she says. “I wanted to make it mine.

That means parties featuring her $5 Dora The Explorer sprinkler for her daughter, Bryn, 5, and for her pals, casual cookouts and cocktails. “In New York, you’re always on the move,” says Frankel. “Here, it’s more fun to be home.”

For more on Bethenny Frankel and her new Hamptons home, pick up week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

Liz McNeil

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K.B. on

Good luck and best wishes!

fedup on

Is this woman and the Kardashians need to go to Uranus .

Sue's on

I like the new hair style, she looks very pretty.

Anonymous on

She is waste and I cannot believe there are people out there that like her. I watched both her shows she was mean to Jason and now she thinks she is all that.

Cali on

I’m so happy for her. Bethenny deserves it. She works her butt off and I just hope she can get this divorce done and put behind her soon. She needs some peace in her life.

LA6226 on

Good for her. She needs to calm down. Very neurotic woman. Hopefully this place really does bring her some peace and happiness.

Suz on

She seems happy, and finally relaxed. Good for her, she worked hard. I hope she can have closure once and for all with her ex.

Lacey on

Maybe now she will stop whining about her apartment.

Guest on

Like her or not she is one smart cookie. To come up with Skinny Girl cocktails then selling them to Jim Beam for millions or more that says something. She came from nothing and made a name for herself. I don’t know if she is a nice person or not but she is smart. I’m sure the house is beautiful. I would love to see some pics.

Guest on

Of course her color is red just like the labels on her bottles. Do something different, a new color, it is one thing to be into branding but branding your new home is over the top. I do love the stove but I would like to she her add a different color with the red, it ok Bethenny, we know all about “Skinny Girl”. I like the house, just add a new color.

Easyup on

It’s nice….comfortable looking and stylish, especially like her stool chairs!. It’s too bad anything that has to do with Jason falls short of perfection as far as she is concerned, except, I’m hoping, Bryn is excluded from that statement (can she give him credit for anything?).

guest on

she has friends???

Wendy on

I don’t know what it is but I just don’t like her! Can’t put my finger on it but to me I wish she would just go away, period!

Lp on

Like the kitchen, hate the chairs.

Gina on

The bar stools remind me of a scene in I Love Lucy..

Lynn on

She has issues. She needs a new therapist. Too much drama. It’s her way or high way. She does not treat people nicely. The world revolves around her. She thought she would use Jason, have a child and throw him aside. Why is she on real housewives? She has millions. Needs to keep life private. Think about your daughter having to watch these reality shows when she grows up. This woman will grow old and be alone because she has too much baggage she hasn’t worked through.

Anonymous on

So sad , especially if it was her hard earned $$

Ash bee on

would love to be invited to a chill house party with bethenney. I am one of her biggest fans. I would bring a great dish and drinks!

Wanday on

What brand of jeans is she wearing? LOVE THEM!!

jennyD on

So glad she’s fighting to the death to kick Jason and Bryn out of a place that never felt like home. It’s the only place that her daughter has ever lived. Give her a year or so and this new place will be just as tarnished as the rest. No place will ever feel like home if you don’t have peace in your heart.

Guest on

I don’t know why there are so many haters out there for Bethany – I admire her and as far as her divorce – Jason needs to stop being such a money grubbing creep. I’m sure his parents are behind all of this. Why should she settle with him – it is her money and he is only trying to cash in on the money.



Kathleen Carpenter on

Love the kitchen…… the red cushions it looks like a happy place.

kathe on


Flo on

Sounds like a winner to me. Not. Where is her man. Oh right who could stand her.

DT on

Smart woman- great haircut, great jeans, great house. She’s a working mother and rolling in dough. I wish her well. She’s worked for it.

guest on

What, no yoga in bikini pics??!

ShyGrl on

I’m excited for this smart vivacious woman. It looks like she may just find some peace in her life. Hopefully she can put this nasty divorce behind her soon and can get on with her life.

Grace on

This woman has severe mental issues that stem from childhood that are beyond repair. The fact that she married a great normal guy and had a family with him, now looks back and says it never felt like home just tells u it was simply another fleeting moment in her dysfunctional existence just like this new home and “beginning” will be. She’ll be off her rocker again in a few years. Unfortunately she will never ever be grounded.

kimmie on

What brand are these jeans? So cute!

Piper on

I would like to see Bethenny make amends to Kelly and Jason. I didn’t love Kelly. I thought she was a snob and socially awkward and not very bright, but Bethenny stopped being my hero when I watched her destroy Kelly Kelly is someone’s mother, and Bethenny was mean to her from the start. I would also like to see Bethenny acknowledge that she was not a victim in her relationship. Jason may not have been as intellectual as Bethenny, but he did help her create her brand. He was a an essential part of her brand. She just seemed to destroy him and disrespect him, and that’s not a good example to set for young women. It’s okay to make more money than your guy. It’s okay to be smarter and more powerful than him. But don’t disrespect him or her. That’s just not right. Until Bethenny can own the big stuff and not just the little stuff, she will never regain my admiration and respect.

JamesBlonde on

I want those jeans! What brand/style are they?

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