USMagazine, Thursday, January 24, 2013, 5:00pm (PST)
Jason Hoppy has his game face on today. Within hours after reports surfaced that he had counter-filed aggressive divorce papers against his wife, Bravo star Bethenny Frankel, the 41-year-old pharmaceutical executive stepped out solo in New York City.
Wearing khakis, a black peacoat, and a black knit cap, a very serious-looking Hoppy braved the frigid winter weather as he walked around Manhattan on Thursday, Jan. 24. His soon-to-be ex was also spotted out and about -- separately, of course -- with the couple's 2-year-old daughter, Bryn.
The Skinnygirl mogul's split from her husband took a turn for the worse earlier in the day, when TMZ reported that Hoppy had filed a long list of demands contesting her divorce filing from three weeks ago. According to the documents, he is seeking primary custody of Bryn, as well as child support and medical and dental expenses. (Bravo star Frankel, 42, requested the same thing of her ex, whom she wed in spring 2010.)
Hoppy's divorce filing also seeks "exclusive use and occupancy" of the couple's marital residence, a $5 million, four-bedroom apartment in NYC's Tribeca neighborhood. Additionally, he asks that Frankel maintain a life-insurance policy on herself that lists him and Bryn as beneficiaries.
The Place of Yes author previously vowed to remain on good terms with her ex for the sake of their daughter, but his aggressive divorce filing could complicate things, making a difficult situation even more so. "I feel like a failure," she admitted to Ellen DeGeneres earlier this month. "I really put it out there. I wanted the fairy tale. I thought I had it...This is excruciating, I have to say."