Bethenny Frankel has been keeping a low profile in the wake of her ex-boyfriend, Dennis Shield’s death. That changed, however, late last week when a mystery man was caught stopping by her house in the Hamptons. The afternoon visit comes amid rumors that Frankel dumped Shields shortly before his shocking death.
Frankel and the rest of her Real Housewives of New York co-stars have not talked about Shield’s untimely passing. Shields and Frankel dated on-and-off for the past few years. Shields died last week of an apparent overdose at his apartment inside Trump Tower.
The banker allegedly asked his assistant to give him Narcan before his death, which is used to counteract opiate overdoses.
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An inside source told Radar Online that Frankel parted ways with Shields in the weeks prior to his death. The insider claims that Shields was head-over-heels in love with the RHONY star and even purchased an engagement ring. He never asked Frankel to marry him because she made it clear that their relationship wasn’t heading in that direction.
“Dennis was head over heels in love with Bethenny. He died with a broken heart,” a source explained.
Frankel has not commented on Shield’s death, but she did talk about taking a break from the banker on a recent episode of RHONY. The reality start admitted that something was off with Shields and that she hadn’t talked to him in over 90 days. She also confessed that living with Shields was off the table, even though she loved him.
We don’t know if Frankel dumping Shields led to his overdose, but it sounds like he never got over her.
Authorities have not confirmed whether or not Shields overdosed on opiates. A toxicology report may not be released until another six weeks. Prior to the last episode of RHONY, Shields talked about his relationship with Frankel.
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In an interview on the Listen Up Show with Mitchell Chadrow podcast, Shields praised Frankel for being an amazing mom and called her “terrific in every way.”
Earlier last week, Shields was spotted eating dinner at a restaurant in Manhattan, where eyewitnesses say he looked happier as ever. That, of course, was before the latest episode of RHONY aired and the whole world found out about what Frankel really thought about her former boyfriend.
Jill Zarin is the only person affiliated with the show who has said anything about Shield’s passing. The reality star, who lost her husband recently, told fans that she was devastated by the news and understands what Bethenny Frankel is going through.