This morning, August 13, Bethenny Frankel attended the funeral of her long-time friend and on-again, off-again boyfriend Dennis Shields. Now, she’s finally broken her silence about his death with an emotional Instagram post.
“Rest In Peace my sweet babies who gave me endless unconditional love. #nowandforever,” Bethenny, 47, wrote under a photo of Dennis lying in bed with her deceased dog, Cookie.
Her dog, Cookie, died last fall after a scary seizure episode. The Skinny Girl mogul was distraught about that at the time. The dog was featured often on The Real Housewives of New York City with Bethenny.
Dennis passed away last week in his Trump Tower apartment. While a medical examination is still underway, it’s believed he died of a drug overdose. He was 51 years old. He and Bethenny had been friends for 30 years. They dated for the first time in 2016.
Bethenny and Dennis were not dating when he passed away, but he had recently told a podcast they were together at the beginning of the summer. He told the podcast that Bethenny is a “great mother, a great person. She’s really, really smart. She’s terrific in every way.”
“But we do break up a lot,” he added.
Bethenny attended his funeral this morning on Long Island. She was emotional at the cemetery where Dennis was laid to rest.
Another of her costars, Carole Radziwill, also sent her condolences on Twitter. She wrote, “I just heard the sad news about Dennis. He was a good man. My condolences to all his family and friends. So tragic.”
I just heard the sad news about Dennis. He was a good man. My condolences to all his family and friends. So tragic.
— Carole Radziwill (@CaroleRadziwill) August 10, 2018
Bethenny and Carole, who used to be close friends, had been fighting about the end of their relationship throughout the current season of RHONY. Fans thought it was rude of Carole not to mention Bethenny by name in her tweet.