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Reality star Bethenny Frankel opens up about her business empire, the #metoo movement and the new season of RHONY

'None of it is surprising to me!'

By Kietley Isrin
If there's one thing we've come to know and love about The Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel, it's that she doesn't hold back.
Chatting to TV WEEK while in Sydney to promote the 10th season of the popular reality franchise, Bethenny, 47, showed her support for the #metoo movement and opened up about her own experiences.
"I've definitely had men say sleazy things to me throughout my life and I walk away which is why the metoo movement has always been a movement in my life," Bethenny says.
"I've known all of the people who have been the centre of the #metoo movement, the men, I've met them all multiple times and none of it is surprising to me.
"They're all exactly what they were when I met them but I didn't go into their hotel rooms and I don't ever tolerate disrespect from anyone."

It's her 'walk-away' attitude which Bethenny hopes to instil in her seven-year-old daughter, Bryn.
"[I] lead by example," she says. "If I feel uncomfortable about something, I step away."
"If my daughter feels uncomfortable in any situation of unsafe she should tell me or walk away from it. And if it's at school, she should walk away and tell a teacher."

In the past, Bethenny has been quite open about her "abusive" childhood.
It's this experience which drove and motivated the reality star to succeed. Now, not only is she an original cast member on The Real Housewives of New York but she has sprawling business empires.
"I grew up at the racetrack [her father bobby was a horse trainer]," Bethenny recalls.
"It's a hustling environment and it's very street so I definitely think that had something to do who I am today. I have that hustler-gangster mentality it seems."

Speaking about the new season of RHONY, Bethenny says fans can expect drama, drama, drama.
"This is the most suburb season in ten years," the mother-of-one says.
"It's all drama and shifting in dynamic. It's just wild and a very entertaining season."
Bethenny is in Australia to promote the new season of The Real Housewives of New York City, on hayu and Foxtel.

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