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Amid Coronavirus Separation, Bethenny Frankel & Boyfriend Paul Remain "Closer Than Ever"

The RHONY mom reveals how she and her beau are navigating self-quarantining in separate homes. 


Despite hunkering down in separate houses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Bethenny Frankel says that she and her boyfriend of more than a year, Paul Bernon, remain “closer than ever.” The Real Housewives of New York City alum recently gave an update on her relationship while also sharing a glimpse into her self-quarantine with daughter Bryn.

The Manhattan mom, who is working to provide relief during the pandemic via her charity B Strong, said that she is staying in her New York City home while Paul is riding out his self-quarantine in Boston.

"Paul is in Boston and I debated going to him last night but I feel -- and I've told all my friends and I've given the advice based on lockdowns and being near your kids -- we need to be at home where we feel the safest and the most comfortable," Bethenny told Entertainment Tonight. "Anxieties are at a high and I need to do my own routine and I need to be closest to my child and I need to have my backyard and my dogs and my things I can touch.”

Despite remaining physically apart for the time being, Bethenny says she feels like the ordeal has brought her closer to Paul. “He's working on helping me with Mass General and Boston efforts, and what's interesting is we're not together but this has brought us closer than ever,” she said, also adding, “You're closer to the people that you can't be with [because] you're feeling like you want to talk to them and FaceTime them and you miss them. So we are closer than ever, but I want to go there. It's just we're both sort of panicked, if I go and I can't leave and it's not rational because I'm sure I'd be able to leave, but you want to just feel in your safe place at the moment."

While the two remain quarantined separately, both Bethenny and Paul are stepping up to help in any way he can. According to People, the couple, along with Bethenny’s B. Strong initiative and the nonprofit Global Empowerment Mission, are teaming up to donate 10,000 N95 medically approved masks to Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. Earlier this month, Bethenny also revealed B. Strong would be producing and dispersing “corona kits” filled with medical supplies.  

For the latest, most accurate information on the coronavirus pandemic, go to the World Health Organization (WHO) website

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