Bethenny Frankel Addresses Her “Soft Porn” Past on ‘RHONY’
Anyone who has watched Bethenny Frankel on TV over the last near-decade knows the reality star has no problem owning her stuff.
She proved that yet again on last night’s Real Housewives of New York when she was confronted about a scandalous moment from her past.
More specifically, during a dinner with her pals in the Hamptons, Ramona Singer brought up a scandalous acting role the Skinnygirl mogul took on back in the day.
Seemingly out of nowhere, the pot stirrer asked Bethenny about the B-movie, which showed the then-20-something gal naked.
“I know stuff has resurfaced from your past. And I know, one time when I was with [my daughter Avery], someone showed her an article about one of my friends who kind of had naked pictures,” the 60-year-old said, referring to former Housewife Alex McCord’s own nude scandal.
She continued, “Has anybody approached [your daughter Bryn] about it? You’re in the press now being naked and doing soft-porn. Has anybody approached your daughter?”
Though the 46-year-old definitely seemed game to discuss the role, she was less keen to broach the subject of her 6-year-old daughter.
“At 6? Yeah. Diane Sawyer came to her school yard and actually approached her,” she replied sarcastically.
She added, “That was like 25 years ago! What am I supposed to do?”
From there, she did give her castmates some background on the movie.
Apparently, it was a low-budget 1994 horror film titled Hollywood Hills, 90028.
“I was in a movie when I was trying to be an actress in L.A.,” she explained. “I was laying topless in a scene on a rooftop — which is great, because it shows that my boobs were big, which I like.”
Not only is she proud of how she looked in the flick, she has no regrets about doing the project.
“I needed the money and I wanted to be an actress,” she reasoned. “I have no issue with it whatsoever … It wasn’t porn. It was a cheesy movie.”
She also clarified that, in the scene in question, it wasn’t unreasonable for her to be undressed, seeing as it was a love scene.
Still, it was clear she was rattled over Ramona bringing her daughter into the discussion.
She told the cameras, “If someone said, ‘What about that movie with your boobs hanging out?’ — I would have laughed. I would have joked about it. But Ramona attempting to embarrass me through my daughter who’s in first grade is even low for Ramona.”
“Ramona loves to have something on someone and then to bring it up,” she added later. “Trying to ‘gotcha’ with my daughter in the same paragraph was disgusting. She’s a bad person.”
Later, Ramona tried to rationalize her statements, saying she was just showing interest in her friend’s life.
“All you have to say is you didn’t have a conversation with your daughter because you feel she’s too young,” she started.
And to the Bravo cameras she said, “Good friends should be able to ask each other questions without it going where Bethenny’s trying to take it. I’m not bringing this out of the blue.
“This was just in the papers. Let’s be honest, she’s being a [bitch] … How ‘real’ can you be, Bethenny, if you can’t talk about what’s going on in your life?”
Real Housewives of New York airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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