Following Bethenny’s exciting engagement news, a source says the star has yet to meet Paul Bernon‘s ex-wife. Paul was married to Ashley Bernon for more than 14 years, and though the former couple reportedly had a “very cordial” divorce, he hasn’t taken the initiative to introduce the women.
“It just hasn’t happened,” a source told Us Weekly. “[Ashley] works as a director for a prominent real estate law firm in Boston. In fact, she’s never even watched the Real Housewives — she doesn’t watch reality TV. She didn’t even know who Bethenny Frankel was and she doesn’t know Bethenny’s true personality or anything like that. She only knows about Bethenny from what she sees and reads.”
If fans recall, Bethenny and Paul briefly split at the end of last year, and according to the source, Ashley — who is expecting a child with her fiancé — wasn’t shocked by the news of their engagement. She was “more surprised” that the couple got back together in the first place.
Nevertheless, Bethenny’s love life is not the only thing the star has to look forward to, which she discussed in a recent interview. While promoting her many endeavors, including her new unscripted business series, Big Shot with Bethenny, she dished on shedding her Housewives persona.
“My business success has separated me for a long time which is why I was able to come back [to RHONY] the first time and get a hefty paycheck and still maintain my own identity,” she told Fox News. “But this next chapter has separated me.”
Bethenny explained that fans will still get a glimpse into her life on the new series, but it will be more about her “business being held together by Scotch tape” rather than the glitz and glamour. She also claimed the new show allowed her to work with “more integrity” than RHONY.
“It’s being more true to myself than working in an environment that is great financially but maybe not reflecting who I really am as a person,” she said. “There’s just a lot more clarity of vision and I’m really living more authentically in my business and entertainment and media endeavors.”
Though she has admitted numerous times that she loved the paycheck she received from Bravo, the author of A Place of Yes said she had to learn how to start saying “no.”
“I’ve been talking about how important the word ‘no’ is and saying ‘no’ to things that aren’t good for you, like clutter or stress, is actually saying ‘yes.’ It’s a distinction that needs to be made,” she explained.