Earlier this week, I reported on the People Magazine story with Bethenny Frankel, star of "Bethenny Getting Married" and "The Real Housewives of New York City" At the time, we still hadn’t heard anything from Bethenny’s estranged mother, now known as Bernadette Birk. Next week, Star Magazine has an exclusive with her.
Bethenny Frankel claims her childhood was destroyed by her volatile, boozing mother. But her devastated mom, Bernadette Birk, tells an entirely different story.
"I love my daughter but what she’s saying is killing me," Bernadette reveals in an exclusive interview in this week’s issue of Star. She denies Bethenny’s assertion that she was a bulimic who was always drinking.
The star of Bethenny Getting Married? has said Bernadette was "never a mother to me" and calls her childhood "toxic." Bernadette, an interior design professor, admits there was discord in the family but insists Bethenny was "the most important person in my world."
The mother and daughter have only spoken twice in the last 10 years, says Bernadette, who laments she only knows what is going on in Bethenny’s world by watching her on television.