Dennis Shields Wife, Bethenny Frankel, Net Worth

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Big Apple banker Dennis Shields is a trending name in the entertainment world due to his on and off relationship with the Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel... But before his relationship with Bethenny, Dennis had experienced marital life as he was once married to an interior designer, Jill Barrie Schwartzberg...
Dennis Shields Wife, Bethenny Frankel, Net Worth

Big Apple banker Dennis Shields had been a trending name in the entertainment world due to his on and off relationship with The Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel.

Before his relationship with Bethenny, Dennis had already experienced marital life as he was once a married man.

25-Years-Marriage Fails!

Late Dennis Shields and his ex-wife Jill Schwartzberg married each other when Dennis was 23 years old and Jill just 21. The lavish wedding of the pair was held at New York City Plaza in 1990 and surrounded by friends and families. 

Rabbi Charles D. Lippman was the one to officiate the nuptial and pronounce the couple husband and wife.

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As Dennis and Jill both hailed from a successful and established family, the marriage got recorded in the wedding section of the New York Times. After the marriage, the pair even welcomed a daughter, but the birth date and the information of their daughter remain confined to time.

Moreover, it is also unsure if the couple has any other children from their marriage.

Later in 2016, it became visible that their relationship was not working as Dennis openly dated the reality star, Bethenny Frankel. So, Dennis and Jill opted for divorce but, the information about their divorce and child custody remains under the wraps till date. 

Girlfriend Is Friend To Ex-Wife!

Well, it was kind of awkward, but Dennis's beau Bethenny and his ex-wife Jill were friends from high school. In a three-decade-long gap between the high school pals, they only communicated to each other three times. 

It's apparent that Dennis met Bethenny at the high school where he dated her friend, and they had been friends since then. Interestingly, a source even claimed that Dennis had feelings for Bethenny for a long time. 

So, it's when his marriage failed, Dennis and Bethenny united and watered their budding relationship.

Dives Into Relationship; Hypocrite 

Dennis, who had a net worth of $11 million, got into a relationship with Bethenny in 2016 when both of them were legally married yet separated from their spouse. Bethenny was then in the process of divorce from her soon-to-be ex-husband Jason Hoppy.

Dennis Shield walks hand-in-hand with girlfriend Bethenny Frankel in NYC in June 2016 (Photo:

Dennis and Bethenny got spotted holding hands and chatting while enjoying an afternoon in NYC in June 2016. Their dating rumors buzzed and Bethenny's co-star Luann de Lesseps couldn't keep her words back in regards to the dating. 

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In an interview with the E-News on 8 June 2016, Luann brought up the issue when Bethenny called her a hypocrite and stated that Bethenny is the one who is a hypocrite as she was dating a legally married man. 

Reciprocating the statement, Bethenny posted a tweet and admitted her relationship with Dennis as:-

She's correct. I'm dating a legally married separated man-so perfect bc i'm legally married too! @CountessLuann xo

After the interview and the finalization of her divorce with her ex-husband, Bethenny posted an Instagram story, where she hugged Dennis and flaunted a massive trinket on her ring finger in August 2016.

The post made many to believe that the couple had finally engaged. But the reps for Bethenny falsified the rumors stating:-

"nothing new to report … She is enjoying her summer.”

Though the engagement rumors turned fake, there came the news that the pair were in search of a house to settle down. They got spotted speculating a brownstone in the East Village of New York City on 17 August 2016.

They also checked a $25 million worth apartment in Tribeca in September 2016, hinting that they were really into settling soon. 

Erratic Relationship

However, in the early month of 2017, Bethenny ended the affair with Dennis quoting that circumstances surrounding their divorce were not appropriate for them to have a relationship. At the time, she quipped:-

"I rightfully ended the relationship because of some of the circumstances surrounding my divorce and surrounding his divorce. A person that’s been married that many years needs to go through a certain cycle."

But soon in August 2017, the pair rekindled their love. Bethenny took the news to her show Real Housewives of New York City season 9 reunion, and there admitted that she was with Dennis again. She added, 

“It’s more than giving it another shot. Things had to be dealt with and sort of a gauntlet needed to be gotten through and it happened. I’m in a better place. And I’m in a better place to make a sane decision.”

After four months of admitting to having an affair with Dennis, Bethenny again quoted herself 'single' during an interview with Us Weekly in January 2018. She called herself single when Dennis got tangled in his business scandal. Moreover, she even concealed the reason for her split with Dennis. 

Dennis Shield sunbathes with Bethenny Frankel and her daughter from ex-husband in February 2018 (Photo:

However, the single status became quite confusing when she and Dennis again got spotted sunbathing poolside along with Bethenny's seven years old daughter, Bryn in February 2018.

The confusions got only erased when a source told to Dailymail that:-

"They are not “dating”. Bethenny and Bryn love Dennis and his family and they have been a support system during her negative divorce and a positive influence in Bryn’s life.'

The controversial get together of the couple is quite confusing. While the insiders for Bethenny claim her to be single, many of the others said that the pair never split and have continued to be “friends with benefits."

Bids Life Goodbye; Girlfriend "Heartbroken"

Dennis Shield, who often shared on and off relationship with his wife took his last breathe on 10th August 2018. Dennis was found lying lifeless at his home in New York City.

Reports revealed that he passed away in his home after an overdose of Oxycodone which he took for his back pain from 2015 surgery.

He died in his 42nd-floor apartment in Trump Tower at 9 am. Per numerous reports, his heart could not cope with the dosage he took. Dennis's loved ones and fans alike took to social media to pay their respect.

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As it turned out, his on and off girlfriend didn't make any statement about the loss of her slain lover, but some sources reported that she was in a state of "heartbroken."

Her sense of disbelief was on full display when she attended Dennis' funeral, held a week after the tycoon's passing. A grieve stricken Bethenny was all tears throughout the ceremony.

On the same day, she took to Instagram to finally pay her tribute. Sharing an image of Dennis and their dog lying on the bed, she wrote:-

"Rest In Peace my sweet babies who gave me endless unconditional love. #nowandforever"

Ironically enough, two days before Denni's death, Bethenny noted with a regret that she could never marry him in an episode of Real Housewives of New York.

Bethenny Frankel Is Dating Again; Health Scare In 2018

Post Dennis' untimely passing, Bethenny found an unlikely companion in the film producer and real estate mogul Paul Bernon.

Despite the low-key nature of their dating life, things between the duo are escalating quickly. Towards the backend of 2018, they even traveled to the Dominican Republic for some quality time.

Bethenny Frankel vacations with her new boyfriend Paul Bernon circa Dec 2018 (Photo:- Bethenny Frankel's IG)

And when the New Year kicked in, Bethenny and Paul vacationed at Rosewood Mayakoba resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Paul's two children and her daughter Bryn, age 8, were also part of the family crew that traveled to Mexico.

Besides being a great dad to their kids, Bethenny's new boyfriend is also a lifesaver. Opening about their relationship for the first time, she revealed how Paul had saved her after she suffered an almost fatal allergic reaction to fish.