Bethenny Frankel, Post-Split: ‘I Am Dating and I Am Happy’

Bethenny Frankel

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updated 03/26/2014 AT 2:00 PM ET

originally published 03/26/2014 AT 3:45 PM ET

It has not been the easiest of times for Bethenny Frankel, between her ongoing bitter divorce battle and the recent cancelation of her talk show. But, Frankel says, she is now beginning to feel “a little liberation.”

“I am dating, and I am happy,” Frankel, 43, told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live Tuesday night. “I’m good. I feel a little liberation, a little bit of freedom, just a little bit of not feeling so bad. It’s been a really, really hard time.”

The former Real Housewives of New York City star has recently been linked to Michael A. Cerussi III, who works in financial services in New York.

When Cohen asked Frankel about her difficult divorce from Jason Hoppy – and if the two were still living under the same roof – she replied, “It’s been a really surreal, crazy, insane situation … I just don’t want to talk about it because of [my daughter] Bryn.”

“I’m happy, but I have not totally come out on the other side,” added Frankel, who appeared on Watch What Happens Live alongside erstwhile RHONYC co-star Ramona Singer – herself reeling from the collapse of her marriage.

During the sit-down, Frankel also opened up about coming to terms with the cancelation of Bethenny.

“I felt edited and diluted and a little bit controlled,” the Skinnygirl mogul admitted to Cohen. “And I’m not really great when I’m shackled, as you know. You just have to kind of unleash the beast.”

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