Almost two years after her divorce from Jason Hoppy was finalized, RadarOnline.com exclusively learned Bethenny Frankel's ongoing love saga with boyfriend Dennis Shields is stronger than ever — so much so the Big Apple-based banker wants to pop the question to the reality star!
"Bethenny and Dennis continue their ongoing love saga of being in each other's lives," a source spilled, but unlucky for Shields, "she just doesn't want to put a label on their relationship."
"Dennis is ready to marry Bethenny and would ask her immediately if he thought she was going to say yes."
The couple first started dating back in late 2015, but called off their relationship sometime before May of 2016. They have reportedly been on-again-off-again ever since.
Meanwhile, the informant reveals to Radar exclusively Frankel "is still going through absolute hell" with ex-husband Jason Hoppy, as she tries to get sole custody of their 7-year-old daughter, Bryn — and the reality star's boyfriend has been a pillar of support.
"Dennis has been an incredible source of support to Bethenny and she is grateful for him in her life.
As readers know, Frankel recently filed request to modify their custody agreement to obtain full custody of Bryn after the RHONY star accused him of harassment and stalking.
“The harassment, the stalking, the 500 emails in 90 days, in which he called her a ‘sad, miserable, bitter old woman,’ and said, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ while asking about life insurance — a veiled threat — there’s no way these parties can be joint custodians,” Frankel’s lawyer, Allan Mayefsky, argued earlier this month.
But Hoppy’s lawyer — Robert Wallack — hit back. In a statement to Radar, Wallack said Frankel’s “claims of verbal abuse and harassment are untrue and not borne out by the evidence.”
“Bryn’s well-being is Jason’s only concern,” Wallack said. “The child is thriving under the parties’ joint custody agreement and we expect that shared custody will continue."
Amid all the drama, pals told Radar Frankel just doesn't have enough room on her plate for marriage, despite Shields' desires to to the knot.
"It's just not the right time for Bethenny to even consider marriage, and she doesn't know if she ever wants to go down that road again."
Although they may not be on the same page, the duo remain as close as ever. "Bethenny and Dennis are a lot alike, and she is extremely close with his family as well."
But no relationship is perfect. Adds the source: "They do fight, and will go a few days without talking, but it typically doesn't last that long."
"Bethenny has said that Dennis most likely is her soulmate and has tried dating other men, but no one can compare to him."
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