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To date or not to date? That is the question. The Real Housewives of New York star, Bethenny Frankel has a special man in her life. But are they still together? Who is Bethenny Frankel’s boyfriend in 2017?

Bethenny Frankel of the Real Housewives fame has gone through two divorces and is now dating a man named Dennis Shields. Who is Dennis Shields? Their relationship has raised more questions than answers. Already in 2017, they’ve been rumored to be engaged, broken up, secretly married, and everything in between. Find out more about who Bethenny Frankel is dating in Dennis Shields’ wiki.

#1. He was Legally Married When They Dated

Frankel was married to a pharmaceuticals executive, Jason Hoppy in 2010 and they have a daughter named Bryn together. They separated in 2012, and filed for divorce the following year, with a lengthy divorce battle to decide property division. Four years after they separated, their divorce was finalized in 2016.

During her divorce proceedings, the 46-year-old began a relationship with Dennis Shields. At that time, she had a televised spat with her costar, Luann de Lesseps. In retaliation, Luann revealed Frankel was dating a married man saying, “She calls me a hypocrite, but really she’s the hypocrite. I’m the one getting married, I’m engaged, and Bethenny’s still trying to get a divorce. You know, it was in the Daily Mail…she’s dating married men, not me.”

In response, Frankel tweeted, “She’s correct. I’m dating a legally married separated man-so perfect bc i’m legally married too! @CountessLuann xo. [sic]” That’s right, Shields was still “legally married” to his wife, Jill Schwartzberg. So yes, since the two were technically married, their relationship raised a few eyebrows.

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#2. He’s a Very Successful Man

Apparently, Shields knew the successful author for many years. That means they run in the same affluent circles. So you can guess that his bank account is comparable to Frankel’s. He also comes from an accomplished family. His mother, Gail Shields is a lawyer and his father, Dr Lawrence Shields is a neurologist. Dennis graduated from New York University with a master’s degree in public relations.

He now makes his money as a high-profile banker in the Big Apple. Shields has been the CEO of LawCash since its inception in 2000, the founder and chairman of crowdfunding company YieldStreet, and the founder and director of the federally-chartered Esquire Bank. He’s basically designed for success! Dennis Shields’ net worth is estimated to be around $11 million.

Frankel has a net worth of $25 million thanks to her Skinnygirl brand.

#3. Frankel has History with His Ex-Wife

Shields married Schwartzberg in 1990 when he was 23, and she was 21. That puts his  present age at around 50. Their nuptials at the New York City Plaza got some real estate in theNew York Times wedding section. Frankel has known Schwartzberg, an interior designer, since high school.

She went on Twitter to offer an explanation to curious fans saying, “I went to high school w his ex wife 30 yrs ago. Any other questions? [sic]” Yes, actually, a lot in fact. For starters, how does the former Mrs. Shields feel about their relationship? And will she make a cameo on RHONY?

That’s not even the complete story. A source close to Shields told the media that Bethenny Frankel and Dennis Shields have been friends for 27 years. She even threw him a birthday party! The source also said, “Bethenny and Dennis’ soon-to-be-ex-wife have a long history” and “he’s had feelings for Bethenny for a long time.” Can this get anymore complicated? Apparently, it can.

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#4. Is Bethenny Frankel Still Dating Dennis Shields?

Shields is camera-shy and won’t be making an appearance on RHONY anytime soon. So, we only know about him through Frankel. They were reportedly going strong last Christmas. Engagement and marriage rumors were swirling around the couple until Valentine’s Day rolled around.

Frankel reportedly spent February 14, 2017 sans her “legally married” beau. She called it a “break” rather than “break-up” (which evokes the FRIENDS conundrum of Ross and Rachel’s break). “He’s still in my life,” she said. “I saw him last week for his birthday, but I’m not ready to settle down right now.” She added that they are not in a serious relationship,” she added.

But the breakup rumors continued, especially with the lack of Frankel and Shields sightings. And then, the reality star weighed in about another shot at marriage in a new interview. “There are a lot of members of our cast that are divorced, and people have had their issues, and I don’t know that I would get married again,” she said. Frankel would rather use her time to focus on her daughter.

The Real Housewivesof New York season 9 airs Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. EST only on Bravo.

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