Life & Style has exclusively learned that Bethenny Frankel packed her bags on Jan. 11 and moved herself and daughter Bryn out of the downtown dream home she shared with her estranged husband, Jason Hoppy.
Bethenny, 42, and Bryn, 2, went to stay in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan — in a building where Bethenny’s close friend Warren Lichtenstein, a 47-year-old billionaire hedge funder, owns a place.
Though Bethenny took a weeklong vacation to Hong Kong with Warren in October 2012 — just months before announcing her divorce — friends insist there is no romance between the pair and that Warren wasn’t even in the building when she spent the weekend there. Talking about the October getaway, an insider reveals, "Warren invited her for a vacation and she said, 'Why not?' Jason just went ballistic."
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Bethenny went to Aspen, Colo., with friends over the holidays — just after announcing her split with Jason — and Warren was among the group. A pal adds, "They've been friends for 10 years. He's been a great support to her through all this."
An eyewitness tells Life & Style that one day after her initial move uptown, a driver dropped off more of Bethenny’s belongings at her Upper East Side hideaway.
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Since announcing their split just before Christmas, Bethenny and Jason have been sharing their three-bedroom NYC apartment. "He's religious and does not believe in divorce," a friend of Jason’s tells Life & Style. "He took a vow and he's going to keep it. So he's still wearing his wedding ring and living in their apartment. He's being very difficult — and it's forced Bethenny to make the first move."
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