In a tweet posted on Tuesday, Frankel said that she was moved by a Vice piece written by a woman named Molly Priddy, who identified herself as a “small town reporter in Montana” and a “soft butch,” who used to roll her eyes at the cast members of the famous Bravo franchise. But after experiencing a divorce that broke her foundation, she realized that she was more like some of the women than she could have imagined.
This moves me, especially in those moments when I judge and question myself for my seat in this media vehicle. Thank you to @mollypriddy for sharing her story, I appreciate it very, very much.— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) June 11, 2019
Swipe up on the link in my Instagram story to read the full article.#RHONY pic.twitter.com/fxW789MMTI
In the piece titled, After I Divorced My Wife, 'The Real Housewives' Saved Me, Priddy revealed that The Real Housewives was a guilty pleasure that she and her wife shared, and when their marriage came to an end, Priddy thought she would never find happiness in the show again. But when she found the strength to revisit the New York-based series last fall, she found solace in Frankel’s storyline.
“I started back on season seven, when Bethenny Frankel rejoins the cast after three seasons away. Bethenny is a Real Housewife who, in the first few seasons, builds her now-massive Skinny Girl brand from the ground up. We watch her grow into a powerful businessperson — someone with a machine-gun mouth who hardly ever shows her vulnerabilities and needs to maintain the appearance of capability at all times,” Priddy wrote. “And then Bethenny’s life falls apart. Her marriage ends nastily, and her custody battles with her ex-husband go public.”
Although the storyline from 2015 was old news to many by the time that Priddy tuned in in 2018, it was introduced into her life at the perfect time and provided a stark contrast y what she had previously known the show to be — a look into the lavish lifestyles of New York’s elite, whose biggest problems included the guest list of a charity ball. Now, Priddy wrote, that the storyline of Frankel’s struggle “was humbling.”
“For a few seasons, her pain mirrored my own,” Priddy said. “I was more alike these women than I’d known, and it changed how I watched the whole show.”
Turns out, Priddy is not alone.
Many people responded to Frankel’s tweet to express their similar experiences with the show, and the “Skinny Girl” creator’s storyline in particular.
Seriously I loved seeing your evolution throughout the years. Seeing you try and sell your cookies in Whole Foods to know having a multi million dollar empire.... it’s so inspiring.— Mousewife (@mousewives) June 12, 2019
Well @Bethenny has outstanding qualities, great humility, generosity and kindness. Often most times people conflict it with her toughness and ruthless business acumen. This is a lady who had $9 in her account, picked herself up to make something for herself. She’s truly amazing— Cres (@Cres37967777) June 12, 2019
It’s called planting a seed. You never know how your words of encouragement or caring will touch someone.— Raging Snitty Granny🇨🇦Proud Resister (@GaleScheelar) June 11, 2019
“This moves me, especially in those moments when I judge and question myself for my seat in this media vehicle,” Frankel wrote. “I appreciate it very, very much.”
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