Bethenny Frankel has a new man and apparently he comes in the form of Eric Stonestreet. The Real Housewives of New York City star has been hanging out with the Modern Family actor for a few months now and, according to E! News, the two are now dating.
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The couple was spotted attending the 2015 CAA Upfronts Celebration Party in New York City back in May and on several occasions later that month.
“He’s very different from his character on Modern Family [where he plays drama queen Cameron Scott Tucker]. He’s sharp and funny, but his humor is darker,” the source told E! News. “He has an incredible relationship with his parents, especially his mom,” and is “very proud of his mid-western roots.”
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Frankel first married entertainment executive Peter Sussman in 1996 but divorced him the following year. She later married pharmaceutical sales executive Jason Hoppy in 2010 and gave birth to a daughter in the same year. In 2013, however, she filed for divorce.
Despite what she went through, the 44-year-old reality star remains optimistic about love. “I do believe in love and I’m totally keeping my options open and I’ve met incredible men,” she told with E! News. “Bad apples don’t have to spoil the whole bunch. I’m not bitter, I love meeting new people.”
The Skinnygirl founder has not exactly dropped hints about her new man but she did tweet the following:
I’m very happy right now. It took me a minute but I’m here. Xo
— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) July 11, 2015
I’ve really changed my mind on something: i think if u have a great textual banter, compatibility is likely.
— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) July 13, 2015
After the news about Frankel’s new relationship surfaced, Frankel and Stonestreet sarcastically addressed the rumors on Twitter.
Wow #somanyboyfriendssolittletime How did I manage to be at a @Dodgers game & be in the Hamptons at the same time?!!! @ericstonestreet
— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) July 14, 2015
Hey @Bethenny. Im a big fan. Can I get a follow?
— Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) July 14, 2015
So what does Frankel’s Bravo friends think of the pair?
“It’s unusual. But they’re both successful, they’re both smart,” Patti Stanger told E! News. “It’s great for her to get on the acting radar and say she’s dating actors so she can jump up. It’s a bit of social-climbing move. But Eric’s a cool, midwestern dude.”
“I met him once really briefly, but he seems like a nice guy,” RHONY co-star Carole Radziwill said. “He was very nice. I don’t talk about my friends publicly but if you want to ask me about my love life, I’ll be happy to answer.”
(Image courtesy of Bravo)