Kelly Bensimon Denies Breakdown; Bethenny Frankel Says It Was Worse Than What We Saw

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Bethenny Frankl and Kelly Bensimon
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Though her erratic behavior on this week's episode of The Real Housewives of New York suggests otherwise, Kelly Bensimon denies she had a breakdown.

Instead, she told Vulture she believes it was actually a "breakthrough".

"Some people are like, 'You had a breakdown,' and I'm like, no, I had a breakthrough. I just let go, I was crying, just, like, stop harassing. I'm completely honest, I have a ton of integrity, and I love doing this show. The minute that I walk into the room, I create a frenetic energy - it's not kinetic, it's not, like, a forward motion, it's just like this stagnant frenetic energy. And let's be honest, it makes for awesome TV. I mean, haters are part of the ecosystem, and if they're not hating on you, you're not doing something right."

Say what?

She also told Vulture how much the other women on the trip (Bethenny, Ramona, Alex and Sonja) "don't like me" and how "these women get a rise out of me."

Telling Alex she's "channeling a vampire" is a "rise"?

Bensimon also said that during the trip the Caribbean she felt trapped.

"I wasn't able to go get a coffee; I couldn't go for a run. I was on this small boat and this house, and I was so incredibly confined and I was being hated on, and there was no way for me to get out. Help! Help me!"

I was really happy to see Kelly get a chance to explain her behavior after this week's scary episode, and I hoped it would provide some sort of believable explanation for her behavior. But after reading the entire rambling interview, I'm even more convinced that Bensimon needs help and hope it is on the way soon.

Bethenny Frankel took to her blog on Bravotv.com to talk about Kelly's apparent breakdown and said that what we as viewers saw was "very tame compared to what actually happened".

"I think that to air the full scope of it would terrify the viewers," Frankl continued. "We were truly terrified ourselves, and I must point out that none of us came home from that trip and told anyone about what went on there. We understood how serious it was and we were all scared. That night when I went to bed, I was legitimately scared for my safety as well as Kelly's. I know Alex felt the same. It was a completely horrendous trip and experience. That is the God's honest truth."

Whose recount do you believe -- Bethenny's or Kelly's?

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Pattyx3 Pattyx3

this show is awesome...kids are all in bed, hubby is at work, me time.  Kelly is strange, my thought was either meltdown or drugs.

Laura... LauraMi261

I enjoy watching all of the Real Housewives franchises but Thursday nights episode upset me. It was embarrassing and creepy. Kelly reminded me of boys I've seen who are on drugs. She acts and looks very mannish. This was especially noticeable at the photo shoot at the beach. If these women hate her like she said why did they cooperate for the photos?


Friday I regretted having watched Kelly's extremely odd behavior. She didn't just destroy the party, she was out there. After much thought I realized Bravo had to show it or there would be rumors forever that "something bad had happened".


I have met bi-polar women, and while they do create drama they don't act like Kelly did. She was drunk or on drugs plain and simple. She should have had her manager ask the public to leave her alone during this difficult time.

nonmember avatar Cherry

The paranoia leads me to think she is schizophrenic.  I of course believe Bethenny's version of events.  She is a much more reliable narrator.  I have noticed throughout the seasons that Kelly's words never seem to have a link with reality.  They are just words rambling from her mouth.  

Carey... Carey2006

BETHENNY'S VERSION ALL THE WAY!

Morga... MorgaineSwann

I agree that she seemed schizophrenic.There might have been drug abuse, too, but that was a real paranoid breakdown and Kelly's recent interviews and Tweets seem to indicate that she's in complete denial about what happened. They really need to take her off the show. She can't handle the stress. I won't continue to watch if they bring her back for another season, especially if Bethenny is not there.

nonmember avatar Lynda Q

I also think she is a paranoid schizophrenic. She may be off some meds or something but i must say this is very serious and could be very dangerous for the cast and her kids. She really could totally snap and hurt someone if the paranoid eoisodes get any worse. I love Bethany and hope she continues to do the show even with her own. The relationship between her and Alex seems to be the most real out of all of them on the show.

nonmember avatar anonymous

I think this a really tough audience and a tough crowd.  I think all of these women are nutty in their own way.  But, Bethenny had it out for Kelly from the second she joined the cast.  She was relentless in her journey to destroy any credibility that Kelly could have possibly had.  She is a hustler by nature and a sophisticated abuser.  Unless you have dealt with somebody as nasty and snarky as bethenny, than you are not going to know how to handle it.  What we saw was a very stressed out girl who became paranoid.  She was not in a safe place and it did feel sooooo negative in that house. 


I am feeling negative and dirty just from watching all of that chaos.  No more comments from me.  I feel yucky about all of this reality stuff, and these women.  they really are gross!

nonmember avatar MyMarie

Kelly may have done this just for the air time.  However, I don't see her as the next great Meryl Streep, so maybe being totally illerate, made that whole break-down thing work.  Maybe her out of controll jealous behavior  is a direct result of over-tanning or too much HGH.

nonmember avatar Asta1968

Someone who really cares about this woman (and her children) who is not affiliated with the show needs to step in and do something.  Ex-husband, parents, a sibling, attorney, someone!  It's not funny.  Knowing she has minor children in her care scares the crap out of me.  It's obvious that whatever the problem is, she's not going to deal with it.  It's been festering at least since last season.  I'm not so sure about paranoid schizophrenia (she's a bit on the old side), but I see signs of borderline personality with paranoid features.  No one will know for sure until she's evaluated by a professional which I hope her family encourages her to do.


Has anyone noticed that every single event she attends, she leaves early saying she's got another 'thing' to attend.  I don't believe it.


There were also some incidents with a lover, wasn't she arrested for assaulting him while he was trying to leave her.  Bad mojo.  She needs to take care of herself and Gilles needs to step up for his girls.

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