EXCLUSIVE: Bethenny Frankel opens up about mysterious health scare: 'I don't have cancer'

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Bethenny Frankel Addresses Rumors She Has Cancer


Bethenny Frankel says she's OK right now, but she tells ET, "I've had moments of not being OK."

The 45-year-old reality star confirmed last month that she was dealing with an illness, but only revealed it was a "women's health issue" that "many women can relate to." Various reports claimed that Frankel had cancerous fibroids removed, but she now says that is not the case.

"I don't have cancer. I don't even like that that word is sort of out there," she exclusively shares with ET's Jennifer Peros. "I have a couple of different female issues going on at the same time that have created kind of the perfect storm, so I am dealing with it."

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Frankel's health scare was first made public in the trailer for the upcoming season of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City, in which she reveals she needs to undergo surgery and wants to look into whether she has a living will.

"It is and has been scary," she tells us.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 14: Television personality Bethenny Frankel attends the grand opening of Beauty & Essex at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on May 14, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
YONKERS, NY - MAY 07: Bethenny Frankel visits Kentucky Derby Day at Empire City Casino on May 7, 2016 in Yonkers, New York. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Bethenny Frankel launches 'B Real with Bethenny' on Andy Cohen's exclusive SiriusXM channel Radio Andy at SiriusXM Studio on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 05: Bethenny Frankel visits 'Extra' at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on April 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Bethenny Frankel attends the Hollywood Reporter's 2016 35 Most Powerful People in Media at Four Seasons Restaurant on April 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- Season 2 -- Pictured: Bethenny Frankel (Photo by Andrew Eccles/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 14: Bethenny Frankel is seen walking in SoHo on January 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: TV Personality Bethenny Frankel is seen at Skinnygirl station at the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring KitchenAid® culinary demonstrations presented by MasterCard during the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented By FOOD & WINE at Pier 94 on October 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
Bethenny Frankel attends the QVC and FFANY Present The "FFANY Shoes on Sale" Gala on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Bethenny Frankel attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual "An Enduring Vision" benefit at Cipriani's Wall Street on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
FILE - This April 18, 2013 file photo originally released by Skinnygirl Cocktails shows TV personality Bethenny Frankel mixing cocktails at a launch party to introduce new Skinnygirl products in New York. Frankel plans to expand her Skinnygirl line of wine and spirits and power bars to include more food products. Frankel, whose entrepreneurial reach also includes diet books and videos, and a novel, had a six-city run of "bethenny" on Fox-owned stations last year. The show will air in cities across the country this fall. (AP Photo/Skinnygirl Cocktails, Diane Bondareff, file)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jill Zarin, Ramona Singer, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, LuAnn de Lesseps, Alex McCord, Bethenny Frankel -- Bravo (Photo by Mitchell Haaseth/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ramona Singer, Jill Zarin, Lu-Ann DeLesseps, Bethenny Frankel, Alex McCord (Photo by Jay Sullivan/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- Season 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Luann De Lesseps, Jill Zarin, Bethenny Frankel, Kelly Bensimon, Ramona Singer, Alex McCord (Photo by Andrew Eccles/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 11: (L-R) SVP of Programming, Bravo, Andy Cohen, reality T.V. stars Kelly Killoren Bensimon, LuAnn de Lesseps, Jill Zarin, President, Women and Lifestyle Networks, NBC Universal, Lauren Zalaznick, general manager, Bravo, Frances Berwick, and reality T.V. stars Bethenny Frankel, Ramona Singer, and Alex McCord, attend 'The Real Housewives of New York City' season 2 premiere party at Gilt at the Palace Hotel on February 11, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- 'The Real Housewives of New York City reunion show' -- Pictured: (l-r) Sonja Morgan, Alex McCrod, Ramona Singer, Bethenny Frankel (Photo by Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY -- 'The Real Housewives of New York City reunion show' -- Pictured: (l-r) Alex McCord, Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, Bethenny Frankel, LuAnn de Lesseps, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Jill Zarin (center) Andy Cohen (Photo by Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Bethenny Frankel -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: Bethenny Frankel is seen on March 21, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 19: Bethenny Frankel is seen on March 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 12: Bethenny Frankel hosts a Valentine's Day show on "bethenny" at CBS Broadcast Center February 12, 2014 in New York City. The show will air February 14. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for "bethenny")
NEW YORK - JANUARY 21: Bethenny Frankel (R) hosts Dr. Travis Stork (L) and Kandi Burruss (not pictured), Renee Graziano (not pictured), Alicia Quarles (not pictured) at CBS Broadcast Center January 21, 2014 in New York City. The show will air January 22. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for "bethenny")
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 15: Bethenny Frankel and Bryn Hoppy are seen in Tribeca on January 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Bethenny Frankel is seen in Soho on September 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Bethenny Frankel is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' 9/23/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Television personality Bethenny Frankel is seen on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by XPX/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Television personality Bethenny Frankel leaves the 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
RIDGEWOOD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 23: Bethenny Frankel promotes her children's book 'Cookie Meet Peanut' at Bookends Bookstore on September 23, 2014 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK NY - SEPTEMBER 17: Bethenny Frankel sighting on September 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR SKINNYGIRL COCKTAILS - Bethenny Frankel introduces fans to Skinnygirl Cocktails€™ new wine offerings - Skinnygirl Prosecco, Skinnygirl Chardonnay, Skinnygirl Pinot Grigio and Skinnygirl Cabernet Sauvignon - after surprising a small gathering of fans during a recent happy hour, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in New York. (Diane Bondareff/Invision for Skinnygirl Cocktails/AP Images)
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Throughout the experience, Frankel says she has found strength in her 5-year-old daughter, Bryn.

"It's really important to stay strong for my daughter," she points out. "It brings up so many things. We can live our lives selfish and single and that's one thing, but when you have a health issue and you have a child, it makes you think about all these different things you wouldn't normally think."

The Real Housewives of New York City returns on April 6 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

Plus, Frankel says she is "pleased" she no longer has to pay her ex-husband, Jason Hoppy, $12,000 per month in spousal support. Find out more in the video below.

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