Bethenny Frankel: ‘Marriage Doesn’t Come Easily for Me’

Bethenny Frankel and husband Jason Hoppy with daughter Bryn

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updated 12/25/2012 AT 11:00 AM ET

originally published 12/26/2012 AT 9:00 AM ET

After calling this their “toughest year ever,” reality star Bethenny Frankel announced on Dec. 23 that she and Jason Hoppy, her husband of nearly three years, were separating.

Having said earlier this year that the two were fighting for their marriage (her show Bethenny Ever After focused on the struggle), Frankel, 42, had revealed her concerns to PEOPLE during an interview in May.

“Nothing comes easily for me,” she said at the time. “Being successful in business doesn’t come easy for me. Marriage doesn’t come easily for me. You have to fight for everything.”

Regarding her relationship with Hoppy, “Our core issues are wanting the other person to be somebody they are not,” she said. “Jason is more balanced. He doesn’t want to work 24 hours a day. He wants to play golf and go out with his friends.”

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