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Jill Zarin on Bethenny Frankel Divorce: 'I Don't Wish That on Anybody'

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By Benge Nsenduluka , CP Reporter
February 20, 2013|8:29 am
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New York socialite Jill Zarin recently spoke out about her former friend Bethenny Frankel's ongoing divorce.

The former "Real Housewives of New York" star surprisingly sympathized with the talk show host, who filed for divorce from her husband of two years in January, despite their rocky past. The former friends drifted apart during seasons two and three of the hit Bravo TV show and have continued a war of words through various media outlets.

"I just want her to be happy and her daughter to be happy but you know, life is not always what you plan it. I was divorced once. I don't wish that on anybody," Zarin told Life & Style magazine.

Frankel, 42, is said to be struggling emotionally following claims that her divorce from Jason Hoppy has turned nasty. She is reportedly seeking primary physical custody of their 2-year-old daughter Bryn as well as child support However, Hoppy recently made the same requests in his response to her divorce filing.

"Bethenny's very strong and very focused and very committed to making her daughter happy and doing whatever that takes," Zarin continued. "If she's gonna get divorced, let it be when her child's really young and doesn't really remember. I know that she'll do what's in the best interest of her daughter. A happy mother is a happy life."

Zarin's supportive statements are a far cry from claims she made in October 2012 during an appearance on "Watch What Happens Live." While confronting her former boss Andy Cohen, Zarin accused him of favoring Frankel.

"I told him I thought he played favorites with Bethenny and I gave him specific examples, one being his socializing with Bethenny," Zarin told TooFab after the confrontation. "He invited Bethenny to certain events and didn't other housewives. He got defensive ... very. You'll have to watch that."

Zarin also suggested that Frankel was insincere and admitted that she was upset because she felt as though their relationship was more of a business deal than a true friendship. Frankel wasted no time responding to Zarin's complaints.

"Your and my relationship began as a business relationship! I've become friends with a lot of people I've worked with, that's life- we're not in high school!" Frankel said.

 

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