Things are really heating up between Bethenny Frankel and her new man, Michael Cerussi III!

Life & Style can exclusively reveal that Michael, who goes by “Mac,” introduced the talk-show host to his mother while the pair vacationed in Palm Beach, Fla., to celebrate the new year.

“They all went to dinner together just days before ringing in 2014,” a source close to Mac tells the mag, adding that his mom lives in the area.

The news comes one week after the SkinnyGirl creator and her boyfriend were spotted flaunting their fit bodies while frolicking in the Florida oceans — and were seen kissing on New Year’s Eve at the Mondrian South Beach hotel!

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“Bethenny looked very happy to be kissing Mac in public — it’s like she knew she was ready to go public with him,” an insider tells Life & Style. “When I saw them at the Mondrian, she was kissing him in front of her friends and posing for photos together.”

So who is Mac? According to reports, he comes from a wealthy family and works in finance. It’s safe to say he’ll have no problem wining and dining the 43-year-old beauty!

This is the first man she’s gone public with since splitting from estranged husband Jason Hoppy in December 2012 after nearly three years of marriage. The pair have been in a bitter custody battle involving their 3-year-old daughter, Bryn, ever since.

Despite her difficulties over the past year, Bethenny’s focused on making 2014 a much more positive one.

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“Happy new year! I am so grateful for you and love you so much,” she tweeted just before the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. “2013 was a mixed bag. I can feel the energy and 2014 is going to be great!”

It seems Mac is already helping her do just that.

The former Real Housewives of New York City star was spotted back in NYC on Monday bringing Bryn to school, and she couldn’t stop smiling!


By Chantal Waldholz / @blondieewood