The once solid friendship between Real Housewives of New York stars, Carole Radziwill and Bethenny Frankel has crumbled, and as the collapse plays out for the Bravo audience, Carole continues to share personal insight, via her Bravo blog.
Carole begins this week’s entry by pointing out that viewers are not the only ones surprised by the unfolding breakdown.
“I don’t know what any of the other Housewives say when I’m not filming with them. And no one tells us. I sit on my sofa and watch the events unfold at the same time as all of you — and sometimes, like you, I’m shocked by what I see and hear.”
Carole shares that she was shocked to hear Bethenny jab at her behind her back, while playing nice to her face.
“In real life, you may never discover that a friend is being nice to your face only to make rude and hurtful comments behind your back. But lucky (or unlucky) for me, I get to hear it all — Bethenny’s drumbeat of insults, her spate of digs, and her self-serving narrative.”
Carole adds that she feels saddened by her own misjudgment, labeling Bethenny “angry and unhappy.”
“When I hear a bunch of snide comments being hurled, part of me reacts with, I don’t really care what Bethenny thinks of me, she seems so angry and unhappy. Relationships change. They ebb and flow over time, and friends ultimately show you who they are. I’m a grown-up, yet I can’t help but feel sad that I let into my life a person who I thought supported me, respected me, and enjoyed me, and she has revealed herself to be the complete antithesis. That is my thoughtful Austrian side. But my fiery Italian side is more like, ‘What the f**k did she just say?!’”
Carole accuses Bethenny of having a “hidden agenda” — one which involves bashing her character.
“I was taught to stand up for myself. To be heard. To defend my family and people I love. And to never let anyone question my character, intelligence, or integrity. And that is exactly what Bethenny has been slowly, insidiously trying to do all season with her hidden agenda. It’s pathetic, and I’m not about to take it. Up until this episode, I have not said a single unkind word about Bethenny in those confessional interviews or to any of our mutual friends — on or off camera. Not one single thing.”
Carole slams Bethenny’s view as “narcissistic,” as she wraps her thoughts for this week.
“But in Bethenny’s myopic world, she’s the judge, jury, and executioner. Her narcissistic point of view doesn’t permit any dissenters — only her truth matters. It’s astounding to watch. Then again, in the post-truth age of consuming fake news, Bethenny’s world of magical thinking will probably be rewarded with its own spin-off.”
Bethenny has not delivered her own blog in two weeks, but retweeted viewer support, during Wednesday night’s episode.
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