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Bethenny Frankel Opens Up About Her Divorce From Jason Hoppy And Talks About Her New Boyfriend Dennis Shields!

Earlier this summer Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy finalized their divorce and now the Real Housewives of New York City star is opening up about about her split from Hoppy and about her new boyfriend Dennis Shields!

Bethenny is still feeling the aftershocks of her four-year divorce ordeal, "there are still some bad parts that I definitely thought would be gone," the Skinnygirl mogul told Us Weekly. "But the hardest parts have been anything that seems negative for my daughter. Anything that is unnecessarily negative for my daughter is really challenging for me. You know, you kind of have to look inside, find your strength."

Frankel, who is forbidden from discussing the terms of her divorce, has learned what qualities to look for in a man. "Integrity and kindness now are so much more important than I ever even realized, because I didn’t realize how many people don’t have it," she continues. "I think I’ve been pretty sheltered in my emotional estimation of people. I’ve gotten pretty surprised."

The Skinnygirl says her boyfriend of nearly a year embodies everything she wants. Since last fall, Frankel has dated NYC banker Dennis Shields — a friend of 27 years.

"He’s exceptionally brilliant and funny and a very major family person," she says of the single father, who is also currently going through a divorce.

Both Bryn and Cookie, Frankel's 16-year-old Lhasa apso, give Shields, 48, the stamp of approval: "My dog and my daughter like the guy."

Still, she's unsure if she will wed again. "I finally got to the place where everything is settled. Why start to, like, throw it up in the air again?" the reality personality says. "I'm not looking for helicopters to fly over my house while I wear some big, white poufy dress. I don't feel ready for that right now."

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