It's been over a year since Bethenny Frankel's on-again, off-again boyfriend Dennis Shields passed away on August 10, 2018. Since then, The Real Housewives of New York City alum has found comfort in remembering their time as a couple, writing on the anniversary of his death, "He was a loving, sweet, gentle, brilliant, complicated, hilarious, creative and supportive man. He is missed terribly by so many but lives on in his friends and family and furry loved ones. I am a different person and in a different emotional place than I was a year ago, and the wounds have begun to heal but the scar will remain on my heart forever."
And now, on Dennis' birthday, Bethenny is paying tribute again to her longtime companion. "Thinking of you today and every day. It’s been tough recently because the world lost another legend and so many innocent lives. You are gone but never will be forgotten. You are missed. You are constantly quoted. You are one of a kind. You are eating multiple Nestle crunch bars, Sprites, and JG Mellon double cheese cheeseburgers in heaven, and now you have an amazing basketball player to watch and bet on up there. You would be proud of my decisions and the evolution of my career and my life. You would be so excited about all of the announcements coming soon. You were my biggest cheerleader and were positive about a future for me that I never imagined possible," she wrote.
Bethenny also touched on the special relationship Dennis shared with her daughter, Bryn, and their dogs. "Bryn is still 'sweet as sugar' as you always refer to her and she misses your blindfolded food tasting contests and leaving trails of chocolate chips. You were right about [Biggy and Smallz] being the greatest dogs. Bryn tells everyone: 'Dennis has had more than 30 dogs and says he has never met sweeter dogs,'" she recalled.
And she noted that Dennis would approve of her current beau, Paul Bernon. "We are in good hands with Paul, who you would like and respect and vice versa. He looks out for us and is very caring. You always said I would find someone who would take care of me. We miss you," she wrote.
Read the tribute in full below.
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