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I’m not surprised at all that Bethenny Frankel is dating a married man

Bethenny Frankel has gone public with her new relationship with Dennis Shields, and as you might guess, there’s already major drama. In order to set the record straight, Frankel went to Twitter to clear up any false accusations — including the one from LuAnn de Lesseps, who threw major shade that Frankel is dating a married man.

Frankel addressed most of the drama with a reply to a fan with this tweet, saying, “I’m dating a separated married man.I’m married.I went to high school w his ex wife 30 yrs ago. Any other questions?”

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Obviously she’s already over this topic, even though it just started.

Her tweet pointed out a very important distinction that she, and the rest of the Housewives, need to start using: They all need to start being more clear about whether or not the men they’re dating are separated. Especially when they continue to hurl the “it’s disgusting you’re dating a married man” insult back and forth.

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Frankel and the other Housewives are all 45 and older. That means that dating gets a bit more complicated. No matter who we are, the older we get, the more baggage we carry around with us. So, yes, it’s more likely that older women would date married men, but it’s not the same as being a mistress. The men they date are more likely to have complicated histories, which may mean separations instead of divorce. Sometimes that’s the easier route to choose because of money or convenience.

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For the Housewives or people online to equate a healthy but complicated relationship to an affair is just unnecessary drama. Sure, technically it’s the truth, but it doesn’t paint the whole picture. All it does is reduce a relationship that makes two people very happy to a seedy affair. We don’t need more hate like that in the world.

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