Get To Know Your Celebrity Blabbermouth: Bernadette Birk
Bernadette Birk’s daughter is an entrepreneur, bestselling author and newly-minted talk show host. And quintessential money mag Forbes’ has even ranked this “Skinnygirl” No. 97 in its 2013 Celebrity 100 issue.
Don’t let the last name throw you off… Birk is the mother of reality star-turned-legitimate celeb Bethenny Frankel… or maybe estranged mother would better describe it.
And even though Birk and Frankel don’t quite have what you’d call the closest mother-daughter bond, Birk took it upon herself to opine about the end of her 42-year-old daughter’s marriage before there was even talk of divorce.
Frankel’s mom told Star magazine in October 2011 (just a year and a half after Frankel tied the knot with hubby Jason Hoppy) that she would dump her new husband when the timing was right.
“Right now, he is a good father, but soon she won’t need him and she will dump him,” Birk said. “Her husband seems like a really nice guy, but it won’t last. He is really too weak for her.”
In another dig on her daughter, she even took credit for Frankel’s wildly popular low-cal cocktail concoctions.
“When she was young, her godmother, Eleanor Mogavero, would come and visit, and her drink of choice was a margarita. She was overweight, so I’d make her really low-fat ones,” said Birk. “But [Bethenny] would never give anyone credit, it goes against her narcissistic point of view.”
If that wasn’t enough personal venting about her only child, months later in March 2012, Birk continued her rant with the mag, saying Frankel would not only get “bored” of Hoppy but went so far as to call him “replaceable,” their union was one of convenience, and even implied that she may resort to cheating.
“[Jason's] problem is he’s too nice, and she’ll grab another nice one, he is replaceable,” she said. “Nice is boring and Bethenny gets bored with nice. I know she is bored because I get bored watching him.”
Birk is referring to Frankel’s reality show, Bethenny Ever After, where she frequently aired her marital dirty laundry.
And just when you thought it was over, Frankel’s mother still didn’t stop there.
“She cheated on her first husband after her first couple of months of marriage,” Birk added. “She doesn’t have any respect for marriage because she has never seen good marriages.”
“She would never have married Jason but she wanted to have a child and the timing was right. She got what she wanted out of this, she married because of public opinion.”
Ironically, in this case mom did know best, with the former Bravo star now embroiled in a bitter divorce and custody battle with her soon-to-be ex. Frankel candidly admitted to ABC’s Nightline just last week that she’s “definitely bruised”: “I’m going through a brutal, brutal time. It really, really is. I mean, there is no other way to slice it.”
But in true Frankel fashion, she has always been open about her relationship with her mom, who she called “extremely volatile” in a 2010 PEOPLE interview.
“She was never a mother to me,” she said of her mother, who she added “was always drinking” and “smashing things: dishes, pictures, the TV-anything she could see.”
Oh, and Birk also admitted that she’s only spoken to her daughter two times in over 10 years.
Well, that explains a lot.