Bethenny Frankel Speaks on Troubled Childhood

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On Bethenny Getting Married, Bethenny Frankel lets viewers into her therapy sessions and is unafraid to be filmed in various stages of happiness, sadness, frustration, anger and stress.

But the former Real Housewife of New York City is even more open in the latest issue of People, dishing to the magazine about her troubled upbringing.

"I never had a true childhood," Frankel tells the magazine. "There was a lot of destruction: alcohol abuse, eating disorders and violent fights."

Bethenny on People

For this reason, Frankel says she's pampering eight-week old Bryn even more than most first-time parents. She's also motivated by the fact that she's estranged from her own mom, who she describes as "extremely volatile. She was never a mother to me."

For more from Bethenny, and photos of Megan Fox getting married, pick up the latest issue of People.

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STOP RANTING AND WHINING about your childhood, already. What a self involved, loud mouthed lunatic. MOST new mothers would not be exploiting their precious babies on a reality show!! The nerve of this celebrity whore. She is grotesque.

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i love bethenny. i think she's great... i've been following her since she came on 'real housewives'. at first, i didn't know if it was her or kelly who was evil, but as time has shown, kelly is completely demented and bethenny is just a cool lady. she is so much better than the rest of the housewives. except maybe ramona who is also really great.

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ageist. Ridicoulous can't put a one word reply on this thing.

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Wow, Kat get them claws out. I like your animosity! However, the most mind blowing story in regards to this woman is that at 75 years old she had a child! Unbelievable!

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i'm so sick of this woman crying over her childhood. get over it and get on with it. lots of people have had worse childhoods. and how dare she say she is pampering her child MORE than most new mothers. how would she know that? i'm so tired of bethany.