Bethenny Frankel, husband separating

Posted at 10:12 AM, Dec 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-24 10:12:41-05

(CNN) — Reality star Bethenny Frankel and her husband Jason Hoppy are parting ways.

The couple, who would have been married for three years come March, have one daughter together.

“It brings me great sadness to say that Jason and I are separating,” Frankel said in a statement obtained by CNN. “This was an extremely difficult decision that, as a woman and a mother, I have to accept as the best choice for our family. We have love and respect for one another and will continue to amicably co-parent our daughter who is and will always remain our first priority. This is an immensely painful and heartbreaking time for us.”

Skinnygirl founder Frankel previously shot down divorce rumors during the premiere of her “Bethenny” talk show in June.

“The truth is … I’m in a good marriage,” she said at the time. “We have issues. We are not perfect. We work on it everyday. We’re committed.”

CNN’s Jack Hannah contributed to this report.

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