Bethenny Frankel and her husband of two years, Jason Hoppy, have separated after two years of marriage, the Bravo star announced on Sunday.
“It brings me great sadness to say that Jason and I are separating,” the 42-year-old said in a statement. “This was an extremely difficult decision that as a woman and a mother, I have to accept as the best choice for our family.
“We have love and respect for one another and will continue to amicably co-parent our daughter [Bryn, 2] who is and will always remain our first priority. This is an immensely painful and heartbreaking time for us.”
Earlier on Sunday, the former star of Real Housewives of New York tweeted:
I am heartbroken. I am sad. We will work through this as a family.
— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) December 23, 2012
In a 2011 interview, the Bethenny Ever After star revealed she and her husband, 41, previously almost split because of the pressures of her career.
“We’ve been scared,” Frankel told PEOPLE. “The second year of marriage was not easy. We hit bottom, [but] we came out the other side.”
“I think we have what it takes to make it work,” she added.
“I don’t have a backup plan. It’s not like shopping for shoes and getting a new pair. That’s not what it’s about.”
In 2013, Frankel’s new talk show — via FOX Television Stations and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution — will begin airing the show nationwide.
Watch the embattled couple talk the challenges of marriage in this video, below.
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