Bethenny Frankel has been dating the real estate developer and film producer since last fall

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April 11, 2019 10:34 AM

Bethenny Frankel is opening up about her boyfriend Paul Bernon.

Appearing on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Wednesday night, the Real Housewives of New York City star was asked about Bernon and whether he has met Bryn, her 8-year-old daughter with ex Jason Hoppy.

“He’s incredible,” Frankel gushed. “He’s a beautiful human being inside and out.”

“And yes, Bryn knows him and loves him,” she added. “They’re very, very similar people.”

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The Bravo star has been dating Bernon, a real estate developer and film producer, since last fall. The relationship became Instagram-official in December, when Frankel, 48, shared two photos of the couple celebrating Christmas together in the Dominican Republic.

They went on to ring in the New Year together in Mexico, joined by Bryn and Bernon’s two kids, at the luxurious Rosewood Mayakoba resort in Playa del Carmen.

A source told PEOPLE at the time that Frankel looked “very happy” on the trip.

“The kids were always out and about, running around having fun, while Bethenny spent a lot of time hanging out on the beach, talking a lot and holding court with her group,” the source said. “At one point, she and her boyfriend went for a walk and held hands. They seemed happy.”

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The romance blossomed after the death of Frankel’s on-off boyfriend Dennis Shields. Last August, the businessman was found dead of a suspected overdose in his Trump Tower apartment. He was 51.

Frankel has been facing off against ex-husband Hoppy in court for sole custody of Bryn. Bernon, 41, has attended all five of the court dates, sitting quietly in the back row.

During the March 26 hearing, Bernon was brought up when Hoppy’s attorney, Robert Wallack, questioned Frankel about her current relationship — and if she had informed Hoppy about the romance.

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Frankel told Wallack that she didn’t initially tell Hoppy about Bernon, whom she confirmed she started dating “a year and a half ago” in Dec. 2017 during a break from Shields. She said she stopped dating Bernon a month later “because I wasn’t ready for that.”

About a month after Shields died, Frankel said that she and Bernon rekindled their romance.

The Real Housewives of New York City airs Wednesdays (9 p.m. ET) and Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen airs Sunday through Thursday (11 p.m. ET), both on Bravo.

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