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    ‘Real Housewives’ star Bethenny Frankel romantically linked to a local businessman

    (left) Paul Bernon (left), and Jay Ruderman (center) of the Ruderman Family Foundation, were honored with the Visionary Leadership Award for their work on Disability Advocacy by the Jewish Community Relations Council (Executive Director Jeremy Burton pictured at right) on Thursday night, February 26, at the Massachusetts State House. (handout) (right) In this May 14, 2018 file photo Bethenny Frankel poses at the Entertainment Weekly and People 2018 Upfronts Celebration in New York. Authorities are investigating the suspected overdose death at Trump Tower of a man romantically linked to the reality TV personality. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP, File)
    Christopher Smith/Invision/AP/File (right)
    Paul Bernon (left) and Bethenny Frankel

    For a native New Yorker and a star of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” Bethenny Frankel sure seems to like Boston.

    Frankel was in the city last Saturday, the day before her 48th birthday, at Bar Boulud, Instagramming her Spaghetti au Citron from the upscale Back Bay French bistro. Earlier in October, she reportedly stopped by Boston University’s Warren Towers dormitories, where she lived while attending the school.

    The likely reason for Frankel’s multiple visits? She’s been linked romantically to a Boston businessman.


    Frankel was spotted by TMZ on Oct. 7 and 8 kissing and holding hands with Paul Bernon, 41, the cofounder of film production company Burn Later Productions and a managing partner at Rubicon Real Estate LLC. Page Six also reported that the day after her visit to Bar Boulud, Frankel and Bernon spent part of her birthday shopping together in New York City at the Prabal Gurung store in the West Village.

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    Most recently, Page Six reported that Frankel brought Bernon to Monday night’s Only Make Believe Awards in New York City, where Frankel received the Sir Ian McKellen Award for her philanthropic work.

    Like Frankel, Bernon is a BU alum. Films produced by Burn Later and released in the past year include the Jim Parsons family drama “A Kid Like Jake,” the Nick Offerman comedy-drama “Hearts Beat Loud,” and the Regina Hall comedy “Support the Girls.”

    This is the first time Frankel has been seen in public with a potential significant other since the Aug. 10 death of her on-and-off boyfriend Dennis ShieldsFrankel said she went through a “#griefdiet” following Shields’s death, and that she accidentally texted Shields on Oct. 6, which is the day before TMZ spotted her with Bernon.

    Bernon was previously married to Ashley Bernon, a well-known figure in the Boston social scene and a big proponent of women’s health through her fund-raisers for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.


    Bernon had not returned a request for comment at the time of this article’s publication, while Frankel’s representatives had no comment.

    Kevin Slane can be reached at