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Andy Cohen and Bethenny Frankel Open Up About Their Dating Lives

Plus, the WWHL host and RHONY alum discuss their similar parenting styles. 

By Hannah Chambers
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How much do Andy Cohen and Bethenny Frankel have in common? Quite a lot, apparently, especially when it comes to parenting and dating

On the February 2 episode of Just B with Bethenny Frankel, the Watch What Happens Live host and The Real Housewives of New York City alum had a super real chat about their careers and personal lives. At one point, Bethenny asked Andy: “Do you honestly want a life partner?” 

“I think that I do want it, but I don’t seem to be working very hard to get it,” Andy replied. “And it’s funny, because you know a lot of times, I waste an inordinate amount of time on Instagram looking at other people’s pages, and a lot of times you see people, and they’re great looking and there are all these shirtless pictures, and then you’re like, let me put myself in the position of dating this person now. Is this who I want as a boyfriend? Mr. Speedo shot everyday?”

From there, the duo talked about their opinions of social media’s effect on dating. 

Paul has a small social following because he’s produced some movies, but he doesn’t post at all,” Bethenny explained (she and Paul Bernon were spotted together in early January after splitting months prior). “Like, he’ll post a picture of a sunset once every six months. I have never been in a relationship with someone who had social media, which I love, by the way. I wouldn’t be into some guy taking pictures of himself and filtering himself and showing how great his fake life was.” 

Andy then posed the question: “If I was someone else looking in on my social media, am I the person I would want to date? Maybe not! I’d be like, you know what? That guy is kind of a douche. People that live in glass houses, man. And that’s the other thing. If I was watching my own show would I want to date me? I don’t know.” 

They also discussed their approaches to parenting. It turns out Andy has a similar outlook on life with Ben as Bethenny does with Bryn

“I think there is something really positive about having a child later in life. I think I’m more zen about where I’m at. I’m not losing my sh-t about everything, and where is this kid going to go to school? I just think I’m more comfortable where I’m at and I’m just like, you know what? We’re going to get this kid into a good school. I’m not going to lose my mind about this. I just think that there are things to sweat and things not too sweat. I’m just trying to be laid back,” Andy explained.

In addition to staying laid back, the WWHL host and dad also has another important parenting goal.

“I want to expose him to as many people and as many things as possible and it was really important for him to listen to music, so there’s music playing all the time at my house," he shared. "And it’s not kids music, by the way. It’s Grateful Dead and Madonna, I want him to appreciate music.” 

“You and Paul are so similar. He goes to Dead shows, and music is such a part of his life," Bethenny said, going on to explain why she finds her approach to parenting to be similar to Andy's. "You don’t sweat everything like me. You don’t sweat all the small stuff. But when it comes to parenting, I’m the same exact way. My kid’s not going to go to their wedding in a diaper. It’s not that deep, potty training or getting into school."

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