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Bethenny Frankel is refusing to eat after the death of her on-and-off boyfriend, Dennis Shields, reports one of this week's tabloids. Gossip Cop, however, can correct this claim. We're told there's no truth to it whatsoever.

According to Star, the Skinnygirl founder is wasting away following Shields's death. As widely reported, Shields, who ran the litigation funding company LawCash, passed away at the age of 51 in August from a suspected opioid overdose. Now the tabloid alleges its "insider" says, "Deep down, she feels guilty and powerless that she couldn't do anything to help him." The magazine further maintains, "Bethenny is haunted that she declared Dennis wasn't Mr. Right on ['The Real Housewives of New York'] just days before his shocking death."

Picking up on that claim, the publication's supposed "source" asserts, "She hasn't been able to eat or sleep since it happened." "She knows she's lost an extreme amount of weight, but that's all due to grief," contends the tipster, adding, "She has no appetite. Food doesn't appeal to her. She's depressed and grieving."

The outlet alleges all Frankel eats these days is a "packet of nuts, stalks of celery and hot lemon water." And she's exercising like crazy, says the magazine. "It's surprising she has the energy," offers an unnamed "pal," who continues, "She's burning more calories than she's consuming." The story ends with the anonymous tipster offering, "Her friends are worried, because she's getting scrawnier by the day."

The article is untrue and inaccurate in many ways. In reality, Frankel is in a relationship and "so happy," a mutual friend of Gossip Cop and the "Real Housewives" star tells us. Plus, just two months after Shields' death, it was reported Frankel is dating film producer and real estate developer Paul Bernon. And earlier this month, Frankel was spotted kissing Bernon while shopping on her 48th birthday at a boutique in New York.

Additionally, it's misleading when the magazine claims the Skinnygirl mogul is "haunted" she said Shields "wasn't Mr. Right" on her Bravo series "days before" his death because, as noted above, they were on-and-off throughout their relationship, but more importantly that episode was shot several months prior to his unexpected passing. Also, it's clear from a photo of Frankel at the opening of the new FAO Schwarz toy store in New York a little more than a week ago that she has not "lost an extreme amount of weight" or appears "depressed." Lastly, our friend in common with Frankel says, "She loves to eat," which Gossip Cop can attest to, having shared a couple of meals with the reality star over the past few years.

Basically, almost the entire story is inaccurate. That does not completely surprise Gossip Cop, given how Star's sister publications have gotten so much wrong about her in the past few months. In October, for instance, we busted In Touch when it falsely maintained Frankel was writing a tell-all book about the cast of the "Real Housewives of New York." We also corrected the National Enquirer two months ago when it published a provably untrue piece about Ellen Degeneres and Frankel no longer being friends.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.

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