Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel is thinking about writing another book, according to a new report, but this time it’s going to be a tell-all that will reveal her biggest heartbreaks. An insider says that the passing of her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Dennis Shields — who died unexpectedly from an apparent prescription drug overdose last month — was a big wake-up call for the Skinnygirl mogul.
A publishing insider says that Frankel could write a memoir, and it would be her first book that really gets into her personal life, including her relationship with Shields, the loss of her father, and her estrangement from her mother.
“She just wants to lay it all out there and let people know what she’s had to overcome to get to where she is today,” the insider admitted.
According to Radar Online, Frankel isn’t planning on announcing her latest book project just yet. Instead, she will wait until her custody battle with ex-husband Jason Hoppy is over.
The former couple is scheduled to appear in court next March to determine the custody of their 8-year-old daughter, Bryn. In December 2017, Frankel filed documents asking for full custody. But, Hoppy fought the request, and in their latest court hearing his lawyer accused Frankel of “dangerous parenting.”
Hoppy’s lawyer Robert Wallack argued that because Shields died from a drug overdose, and he was reportedly addicted to Oxycodone, there was concern about the fact that Frankel allowed Shields to be around her daughter. He said that it was more than just a “lapse in judgment.”
Since she lost Shields, Frankel has admitted to losing weight because she has been on a “grief diet.” She posted a pic on Instagram over the weekend of herself in a long-sleeved ruffled, floral dress and holding a replica of Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture.
In the caption, she wrote, “All you need is love,” and added three heart emojis.
When a fan noticed that Frankel appeared to be much thinner, they wrote that they loved her dress, but wondered how she was losing weight. Frankel responded that “death will do that to a person,” and then added the hashtag #griefdiet. She also told her fans that she doesn’t recommend it.
A scientific study from the late 1990’s said that grief-related weight loss is common, and a major loss can affect both your mental and physical health. The research showed that many people get so distressed in the beginning stages of grief that it affects their hunger, and they forget to eat.
But, as time goes by, their appetite for food eventually returns. And usually, after the third or fourth month of bereavement, their weight goes back to normal. And, by month six, a lot of people have actually gained more weight than they originally lost.
Bethenny Frankel will return for Season 11 of the Real Housewives of New York City next spring on Bravo.