Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel is still grieving after the death of her on-again, off-again boyfriend Dennis Shields. Although they were not currently together, Shields was “very much in love with” Frankel when he died of an alleged Oxycontin overdose. They even spoke on the phone daily.
Gregory Broccoli, a friend of Shields, says that Frankel dumped Shields just days before he died, but that didn’t change how he felt about her.
“Yes, they were broken up, but they spoke every day, all the time,” revealed Broccoli. “She would be upset about something, and she would call him up. He consoled her. If she needed something, he always provided a solution.”
Fans of RHONY got to see Frankel and Shields’ bumpy relationship on a few episodes in recent seasons, and friends say that he only did the show for her. Apparently, Shields went along with it because it was something Frankel was a part of. And, the number one reason he was on the show was because he was in love with her.
Broccoli says that Shields did get “a kick” out of the reality show, and whenever someone brought it up in conversation, he would turn red and laugh because he was embarrassed.
Shields apparently knew that he wanted to be with Frankel forever, and insiders say that he proposed to her back in April. The 51-year-old banking executive gave Frankel a ring, but she didn’t wear it because they still had “some hurdles to overcome” before she could make that kind of commitment.
The SkinnyGirl mogul did love Shields, and he was her family, best friend, and confidante. He was also her “partner and business partner.”
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Frankel kept the proposal a secret and decided not to tell many of her friends because he had asked her to marry him before. However, this was the first time he had given her a ring. An insider said that Frankel “didn’t say no,” and she would have loved to have married Shields, but there were some things she needed to overcome first.
Bethenny Frankel attended Dennis Shields’ funeral on Long Island earlier this week, and afterward, she paid tribute to him on Instagram.
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