bethenny frankelIf one can ever describe a rumor as the most solid of its kind, then let me go ahead and call this gossip that Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy are getting a divorce the most valid iteration of the back-fence talk to date. Which is to say, guys, I think it's happening. Bethenny and Jason are done. She's been meeting with lawyers, he's been on golf trips ... the signed paperwork dissolving their marriage is imminent.

Here's what the source is saying.

They claim Bethenny's "meeting with lawyers and just figuring out the next steps," and that "it’s over.” A second source says they've had an "exit plan in mind for months," and continues, "it’s really just a matter of when they’ll file.”

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Anonymous tattle-talers aside, I'll say that my Bethenny/Jason divorce radar went off with the sound of a thousand sirens when Ms. Frankel appeared on Andy Cohen's show, Watch What Happens Live. Andy asked how Jason was and Bethenny said something to the effect of, "I don't know, he's always on golf trips", which, hello, pretty much says it all.

Also, the two reportedly spent months apart this summer while she tried to figure out her talk show gig. It would seem, wouldn't it, that the consensus was that time apart's a good thing.

So, since it's not a matter of if, but when they'll tell us they're no longer Mr. and Mrs., allow me to place my bet.

I predict that Bethenny and Jason's reps will confirm their split on Tuesday, December 25. Yup, Christmas. I think Bethenny's apt to believe her divorce is the most important one since Brad and Jen's, and will follow the celeb route of announcing a split on a major holiday in an attempt to dissuade interest and media attention.

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey announced their split on Thanksgiving, Big Bang star Mayim Bialik did the same this year.

If Bethenny and Jason don't announce on the 25th, than the 24th, for sure.

I'm rooting for them to stay together, I guess, since they have that adorable little girl Bryn, but after watching her show Bethenny Ever After and reading some of the gossip as of late, damn, maybe going their separate ways in the best thing for everyone.

Do think Bethenny and Jason are really, for real this time, getting a divorce?

 

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