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Bethenny Frankel's as-seen-on-TV fairytale marriage is not going to turn into a fairytale divorce. After she filed divorce papers earlier in January, her soon-to-be ex-husband Jason Hoppy has reportedly hit her back with a response that shows he's not going to make this divorce go smoothly.
When Frankel, 42, filed her papers, she had a long list of demands: That she receive primary custody of their 2-year-old daughter Bryn, that Hoppy pay child support, that he cover medical costs, that he make them life insurance beneficiaries and that she get their New York City apartment. According to TMZ, Hoppy has taken a few weeks to fire back, but it's being reported that he's slapping her with an aggressive response to her divorce petition.
TMZ reports that Hoppy is "not going down without a fight. Just like his reality star wife, he's looking for primary custody, child support, medical coverage, being a life insurance beneficiary and "exclusive use and occupancy of the marital residence" -- i.e., their multimillion-dollar NYC pad. Hoppy has added one extra cost, too: He wants her to pay for his lawyer and accountant.
If Frankel thought this separation was going to be smooth, then this news was certainly a rude awakening. While in the past Frankel has said that she wants this split to end quickly for Bryn's sake, it sounds like Hoppy is going to drag it out for a while -- or at least drag it out until he and Frankel can meet somewhere in the middle. The fact that he has responded with the same requests as Frankel makes us think that he feels her claims are unreasonable and wants her to budge, not that he actually wants the exact same things.
Frankel visited Ellen DeGeneres recently to talk about her divorce and how she feels she's letting down the public, as well as herself, by failing to keep her marriage alive.
"I feel like a bit of a disappointment to all of you and I feel like a failure," she says while doing her best to hold back tears. "Yeah, I feel like a failure. I really put it out there. I wanted the fairy tale, I thought I had it. [Two-year-old daughter] Bryn is my fairy tale."