The reality star and her husband Jason Hoppy step out with daughter Bryn on Friday

By Lesley Messer
December 14, 2012 06:00 PM
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Are Bethenny Frankel and husband Jason Hoppy experiencing another rough patch?

Amidst rumors that the reality stars’ two-year marriage is in trouble, the couple were photographed while out with daughter Bryn, 2½, Friday in New York City.

And though Hoppy is smiling and holding tight to his daughter, Frankel, 42, didn’t exactly seem upbeat. It makes some sense: sources tell PEOPLE that the couple’s relationship has been strained in recent months, echoing what Frankel herself told PEOPLE earlier this year.

“We’ve both been scared,” she said this past summer. “The second year of marriage was not easy. We hit bottom.”

Still, Frankel was hopeful that the couple would be able to withstand the hardships.

“I don’t want to run,” she said. “Jason’s a great father and an amazing partner. Without him, life as I know it couldn’t happen.”