<p><span></span>When <strong>Bethenny Frankel</strong> married Jason Hoppy in March, it turns out it was actually her second wedding. <em>Life & Style</em> can exclusively reveal that the <em>Real Housewives of New York City</em> star wed her former best friend Peter Sussman in 1996 -- but the marriage fell apart after just eight months. Now, Bethenny opens up to <em>Life & Style</em> about her past with first husband, Peter.<br />
"We were best friends for five years, and he always wanted to be more," says the natural-foods chef, who eventually accepted Peter's persistent advances. The pair dated for two years before saying "I do." Sadly, Bethenny realized that the relationship made her feel secure but was totally lacking in passion. "I felt like, 'This is really it? This is the person I'm going to spend the rest of my life with?'" she says. "You can't go to bed with a piece of 8-by-10 paper."
Now older and wiser, the self-made and independent Bethenny knows she wed Peter for the wrong reasons. "I loved him because of how much he loved me," she tells Life & Style. "I got married too young. I didn't wait for the great love of my life."
For more on Bethenny's secret first marriage, pick up this week's issue of Life & Style, on stands now.
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