Jason Hoppy’s Mom Says She's 'Sad' Following His Split With Bethenny Frankel (EXCLUSIVE)

"My son is a wonderful, wonderful person."
Bethenny Frankel, Bryn and Daddy Jason Hoppy Stroll Through NY

The mother of Jason Hoppy, who split with his reality star wife Bethenny Frankel on Dec. 23, has leapt to her son's defense, amid reports the relationship's downfall came about because he was jealous of her fame.

“My son is a wonderful, wonderful person," a saddened Carol Hoppy told Celebuzz, in an exclusive interview.

"I’m sad at what he is having to go through just now because he is a great guy."

What the New York businessman is going through is a lot, at this time: in addition to the separation from Frankel, whom he married March 2010 when she was seven months pregnant, the pair now need to co-parent their daughter Bryn Hoppy, 2.

Plus... he's dealing with reports that he "felt emasculated" in the relationship.

Carol Hoppy was reluctant to speak out further in the wake of the shock announcement, in which Frankel, 42, said the split  "is an immensely painful and heartbreaking time for us."

However, Frankel’s mother, Bernadette Birk -- who has long been estranged from her daughter -- told Celebuzz she was taken aback by the breakdown of her second marriage.

“This is the first I have heard of it," Birk said. "I did not know nor never met Jason Hoppy, so I do not know if he was a good husband or not."

Birk's relationship with 42-year-old Frankel has also broken down over the years.

She said, “I no longer have a relationship with Bethenny, so I really do not have a reaction to the news of her separating from him.

“I do not know if Bethenny or I will ever talk again. That’s just life sometimes, I’m afraid.”

In a 2011 interview, the newly-minted talk show host revealed she and her husband previously almost split because of the intense pressures of her climbing 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.”

Frankel, who was previously married to entertainment executive Peter Sussman, met Hoppy in late 2008. The former personal trainer proposed to her 11 months later with a huge 6.5 carats diamond ring.

What do you think -- should Bethenny Frankel try to make her marriage to Jason Hoppy work? 

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  • Sharon

    Bethenny will never commit to anyone except money and fame. And I think you see her walking her daughter to get her picture in the news to make herself look good. The things she has said about Jason when she was married to him. Well you could tell she had no love for him even back then. I was glad to see Jason standing up for himself and Bryn. I hope the court sees through her little charade .

  • Judy

    Loved Jason,but was not surprised,sad for him,not her,she will be one of these ladies with alot of money and lost a Man that was in love with her.Iam 65 been maried for almost 45,I made more money than my husband and He was always proud of me,sort of like the way Jason was of Bethany,I believe she can only commit to money and being in the spot light.She has sooo many insecurities,about herself and her life.Alot of people have it worse and worked through it.He should have done his own business and let her do hers.I saw it coming with all the kleenex and her mother daddy issues.We have them get over it and yourself.I like her she is funny,but too needy and he tried too hard to please.Just saying it was not the money,or he would have never signed a pre nup.Grandma sweeti

  • Miss T
    Miss T

    Bethenny could have made this marriage work if she would have treated her husband as a true partner in life. Offering him a job to work FOR her? What was she thinking? What if the roles were reversed? I'm sure Jason and Bryn will be broken hearted. Jason and his stable, grounded family were just what Bethenny needed in her life. I hope she does not break anyone else's heart.

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