Bethenny Frankel and her fiancé Paul Bernon are on solid ground no matter what you may have heard.
On December 21, the former “The Real Housewives of New York City” star posted a photo on Instagram that raised eyebrows at her relationship status. In an instant, Bethenny is wearing a sweater that references “Jingle Ladies,” a pun from Beyonce’s 2008 song “Single Ladies.”
“Shout out to all my #jingleladies who can put their own ring on…” she captioned the snap.
The Skinnygirl founder was not wearing her engagement ring in the image.
“Wait, is she single?!?” one fan wondered.
“Oh noooo! Did you break up with Paul? Another asked.
Many wondered where her ring was, and others, assuming she was newly single, applauded her independence.
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As rumors began to circulate, Bethenny took to her Instagram story to fight speculation.
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“I am engaged to a wonderful man named Paul,” she said. “I don’t always wear my ring, I don’t always have to wear my ring. Sometimes I don’t think it’s safe, sometimes my fingers swell or contract, but I don’t care.”
While condemning the “irresponsible” media for assuming that she and Paul had called things off, she waved her engagement ring, which is estimated to be worth $ 1 million. She also showed off another ring that she and Paul bought together.
“In my opinion, a relationship is about both people in the relationship, the commitment and the feelings,” she said. “It’s not about advertisements, or pomp, or jewelry. It’s symbolism and if I decide to wear an engagement ring, so be it.”
To be fair, not everyone thought the couple had gone their separate ways, especially since she had clearly donned her ring last week in the blink of an eye with her 11-year-old daughter Bryn.