Bethenny Frankel claims her social media use helps pay Jason Hoppy's rent

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you? Bethenny Frankelshut down Jason Hoppy’s criticism of her social media use in court as they continue to fight for custody of their daughter, Bryn.

Hoppy’s attorney Robert Wallack asked the Real Housewives of New York City star, 48, about her Instagram account in court on Tuesday, May 14. According to Radar Online, the lawyer specifically referenced Frankel’s decision to share a video of herself crying over the loss of her dog Cookie following a seizure in October 2017.

“Isn’t a fact that you would rather take advice from 2 million followers then Jason?” Wallack asked Frankel. “You were looking to exploit this tragic situation? … You were doing it for attention, correct?”

“No, I don’t need attention,” Frankel replied.

Wallack continued to push the issue, asking the Bravo star, “Why do you feel the need to share your personal life each time with your 2 million followers?”

“I know a lot of my fans. I do a lot of book signings. They help support me, and they help me pay Jason’s rent, and they are the people that are allowing me to stand on my own two feet,” Frankel fired back. “That’s how I made money to pay Jason millions of dollars. That’s how he is paying your legal bills. That’s why you have this job right now. That’s how Jason can afford his rent, and that’s how I can afford my rent and support my daughter.”

Frankel and Hoppy, who tied the knot in 2010, split in 2012 after less than three years of marriage. While the exes reached a custody agreement over their now 9-year-old daughter Bryn in 2014, they returned to court in 2019 after Frankel sued Hoppy for full custody.

The Skinnygirl CEO has previously accused her ex-husband of emotional abuse, which he denied. In March, Frankel compared living with Hoppy to being in a “torture chamber.” On Tuesday, she claimed that she didn’t want to make an orthodontist appointment for her daughter until after the trial because Hoppy would be present.

“An appointment with Jason is abusing me, making fun of me. An appointment with Jason is a torture chamber,” she told the judge. “It is a vacuum of abuse. Going to an appointment with Jason is not a good a idea, because he uses every way to abuse me when no one is looking. … No, I will not be in a room with Jason Hoppy.”

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Bethenny Frankel (R) and Jason Hoppy are seen on March 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mario Magnani/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: (L-R) Bethenny Frankel, Jason Hoppy and Nari Gill attend SELF Magazine Celebrates Cover Star Bethenny Frankel at Beauty & Essex on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty Images for SELF Magazine)
BETHENNY EVER AFTER -- 'Paradise Found'' Episode 310 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jason Hoppy, Bethenny Frankel -- (Photo by: Luke Inman/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BETHENNY EVER AFTER -- ''Aspen-ational' Episode 313 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bethenny Frankel, Jason Hoppy -- (Photo by: Zach Ornitz/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: Jason Hoppy and Bethenny Frankel are seen with daughter Bryn Hoppy on the streets of Manhattan on January 2, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: (L to R) TV personalities Jason Hoppy, Bethenny Frankel, and Bryn Hoppy play in a Tribeca park on May 25, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
�2010 GAMEPIKS Bethenny Frankel and her husband Jason Hoppy sit courtside as they attend the Los Angeles Lakers/Sacramento Kings NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 3, 2010. The Lakers defeated the Kings 113-80 to end their four-game losing streak. XYZ (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
BETHENNY EVER AFTER -- 'I Need Some Lovin�( From My Oven' Episode 208 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bethenny Frankel, Jason Hoppy (Photo by Isabella Vosmikova/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BETHENNY EVER AFTER -- 'Paradise Found'' Episode 310 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jason Hoppy, Bethenny Frankel -- (Photo by: Luke Inman/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MIAMI - FEBRUARY 27: Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy are seen on the beach on February 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo By Fred Hernandez/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
�2010 GAMEPIKS Bethenny Frankel and her husband Jason Hoppy sit courtside as they attend the Los Angeles Lakers/Sacramento Kings NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 3, 2010. The Lakers defeated the Kings 113-80 to end their four-game losing streak. XYZ (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
BETHENNY EVER AFTER -- 'Skinny Girl Event' -- Pictured: (center l-r) Bethenny Frankel, Jason Hoppy (Photo by Barbara Nitke/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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