Jason Hoppy’s Mom Says She's 'Sad' Following His Split With Bethenny Frankel (EXCLUSIVE)
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."
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."
“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.”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.”
What do you think -- should Bethenny Frankel try to make her marriage to Jason Hoppy work?