Whether you watch her show or not, most of us know who Ellen DeGeneres is. Her talk show airs all over the globe and she has squillions of fans. Anyone that ends a humorous show with the words ‘be kind to one another’ deserves much success.
Bethenny Frankel, soon to launch her own talk show thanks to Ellen, first came to my awareness as a cast member of The Real Housewives of New York, airing here on Foxtel.
The show essentially follows a group of atrociously behaved women who pretty much go from one catfight to the next. Although Bethenny herself got dragged into a succession of pointless bitch fights, she cleverly brought something else to the show by being painfully and amusingly real.
She was the only one of the show that didn’t have a partner and was honest in owning that she was hopeless at relationships and had about as much baggage as Jennifer Lopez going on a world tour.
All of this baggage was played out for the cameras through her counseling sessions, where she thrashed out her issues regarding her parents and her crazy childhood. But it was never done through a ‘poor me’ vein, it was done by a desire to own it and being tough enough to face it. And along the way she gathered fans that resonated with her struggle and learnt by her revelations.
After a couple of series of being in the hit series, she left to begin her spin off show, Bethenny Getting Married? Having endeared her to millions of women, we cheered her on when she met a gorgeous guy called Jason Hoppy. She did her best not to screw it up and used her newfound self-knowledge to guide her through.
While the relationship was gathering momentum, so too was her company Skinny Girl cocktails, a range of alcohol targeted to women. To the point where the once single girl who couldn’t afford her rent at one time, was gradually becoming a multi-millionaire through its success. And then if that wasn’t enough, she found out she was pregnant.
All of the dreams this now famous woman thought would never be hers, were all erupting at once. She sold the company for a reported $120 million US, wrote a best selling book, married the handsome Jason and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. And the show followed the lot.
I’ll admit I cried through a lot of it and like millions of other now die hard Bethenny fans, used her as inspiration to believe that so too might I be able to one day get the lot if I sift through my crap.
No doubt along with her fans, I grieved recently when news broke that her marriage was over. With all this going on, and both sides of the marriage struggling to find themselves in the chaos of it all, as happens every day all over the world, the real world, they had to go their separate ways.
Australia will get to know Bethenny soon as she joins Ellen on her trip to Australia. Although her marriage didn’t work, she was gifted with a divine child. Her inspiration now for millions of people will be to show others that she can forgive herself for the romantic relationship not working out, but to appreciate that it was meant to happen to bring her baby girl into this world.
I’ve heard it said that God doesn’t throw us anything we can’t handle. A little tough to suck up at certain points in our lives, granted. But when the gift of a child is part of a union that came to an end, then was any of it really ever a tragic mistake? Does anyone really need to keep beating themselves up?
DO YOU FIND IT HARD TO LET GO OF THE RELATIONSHIP? HOW HAVE YOU DEALT WITH YOUR DIVORCE?