By Jen Heger - Radar Assistant Managing Editor
Bethenny Frankel's therapist advised the Skinny Girl mogul to separate from her husband of two years, Jason Hoppy, in hopes of being able to ultimately save the troubled relationship, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
"Bethenny was adamantly against formally separating from Jason because she viewed it as giving up on the marriage, and she just isn't ready to do that. It was her therapist that recommended the trial separation to give the couple some breathing room, and experience life without each other on a daily basis,” a source close to the situation tells RadarOnline.com exclusively.
“Bethenny and Jason have been having the same arguments for a very long time, she thinks he is too critical of her, and he thinks his wife is can be a control freak. The one thing they both agree on is that their 2-year-old daughter Bryn will not be adversely affected by this break. Bethenny and Bryn will remain in the apartment and Jason can spend as much time as he wants with her. Jason is a devoted dad, and Bethenny recognizes that," the insider added.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, the former The Real Housewives of New York star made the formal announcement on Sunday that she and Hoppy were separating.
"It brings me great sadness to say that Jason and I are separating. This was an extremely difficult decision that as a woman and a mother, I have to accept as the best choice for our family," Frankel said in a statement.
"We have love and respect for one another and will continue to amicably co-parent our daughter, who is, and will always remain our first priority. This is an immensely painful and heartbreaking time for us."
The marriage between the reality star-turned-author and business mogul and Hoppy has been strained for months.
The couple married in March, 2010 when Frankel -- who went on to star in Bethenny Ever After -- was seven months pregnant with the couple's daughter.
Frankel addressed the split on Twitter, and said, "I am heartbroken. I am sad. We will work through this as a family....Thank you all so much. You give me so much love, and I am so grateful. It feels like your words could get someone through anything."
Bethenny "will carefully evaluate what her next move will be on the state of her marriage. If Bethenny feels that it can't be saved, she will pull the plug.
However, she is hopeful that the relationship can be saved," the insider said.