What better way to help a girl get through a painful split and nasty divorce than a billionaire buddy with benefits?
Struggling with not only a divorce, Bethenny Frankel is also engaged in a bitter custody battle with soon to be ex-husband, Jason Hoppy, over their two-year-old daughter, Bryn – so it’s no surprise the reality star-turned-talk show host is leaning heavily on her “close friend” – billionaire hedge fund whiz Warren Lichtenstein.
RadarOnline.com was first to reveal that the two were getting cozy, and according to a new report, they’re getting cozier and cozier every day!
Lichtenstein and Frankel have been close confidantes for 20 years, but have been getting even closer since her marriage split.
“[Warren] has grown into an invaluable friend,” a source tells US Weekly magazine.
“They’re having good time,” reveals another pal. “He’s brilliant and wealthy. Jason couldn’t compete with Warren if he tried.”
However, despite their obvious attraction, neither side is ready for serious romance just yet, Frankel’s friend tells Us.
“He really likes her, but doesn’t want to go there in terms of dating. But he respects her more than ever since she’s built her own empire.”
Meanwhile, the Steel Partners CEO is no stranger to messy break-ups and custody drama himself, as he and British heiress Annabelle Bond split when she was pregnant with their now-five-year-old daughter.