Bethenny Frankel is honoring her late on-again, off-again boyfriend Dennis Shields this Father’s Day.
The Skinnygirl mogul, 48, posted an Instagram tribute to Shields — who was found dead in his Trump Tower apartment on Aug. 10 from a suspected overdose — and thanked him for his role in her daughter Bryn’s life.
“Happy Father’s Day,” Frankel began her post. “In memory of Dennis, a man who was a father of five beautiful children and a beautiful influence in my daughter’s life.”
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The post featured a photo of the then-couple enjoying themselves during a sunset on the beach. Frankel had met the 51-year-old banker nearly 20 years ago when he dated and later married Jill Schwartzberg, one of her high school friends.View this post on Instagram
Happy Father’s Day. . In memory of Dennis, a man who was a father of five beautiful children and a beautiful influence in my daughter’s life.
A post shared by Bethenny Frankel (@bethennyfrankel) on Jun 16, 2019 at 9:31am PDT
While the pair did not stay in touch, Frankel and Shields shared other mutual friends and began dating in 2016 — several months after he separated from Schwartzberg and three years after she filed for divorce from ex-husband Jason Hoppy.
Shields was still legally married to Schwartzberg when he and Frankel found each other, and he eventually proposed to Frankel last April with a mega-carat rock. Though he was close with her 9-year-old daughter Bryn, Frankel kept their engagement private and never gave Shields a clear yes, telling him that things were on “ice” until some “conditions” had been met and “changes” made, Frankel previously explained.
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On the Saturday before Shields’ death, Frankel thought, “I have to exit this dynamic,” she said on an episode of Real Housewives of New York City in April.
“He had such a powerful force in my life and my daughter loved it, that it was like this whole thing that was hard to extricate myself from,” Frankel recalled.
After Shields was found dead the Frid