"Men need to feel in control," says the Real Housewives of New York City star

By Jeff Nelson
Updated April 11, 2015 03:05 AM
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After writing a book about her relationship problems, reality star Bethenny Frankel opens up about her divorce drama and how she s learning from her mistakes. Subscribe now for instant access to the exclusive interview, only in PEOPLE.

Bethenny Frankel‘s had her fair share of romance woes, and now she’s dishing on why she believes some of her relationships went down in flames: money.

“Someone said to me recently, ‘We are pricing ourselves out of the market,’ ” says the Skinnygirl mogul, 44, in the new issue of PEOPLE.

“I’m okay with the money gap, but men need to feel in control – there’s nothing more emasculating than a woman pulling out her credit card. I don’t care how women’s lib we are.”

Ever the enterpriser, the Real Housewives of New York City star, who just returned for season seven, hopes to turn her failed romances into another facet of her growing empire with the new book, I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To.

Frankel most recently broke up with boyfriend of one year Michael Cerussi III and is, of course, still battling through a bitter divorce from husband Jason Hoppy.

“I think that fame and attention and money does not bring out the best in everybody,” Frankel told Bravo’s Andy Cohen during a candid, one-on-one episode of Watch What Happens Live in March. “Money in many ways is the root of all evil.”


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