Despite their on-again, off-again relationship Dennis Shields knew he wanted to spend forever with Bethenny Frankel.
PEOPLE reports that months before his untimely death Dennis proposed to the Real Housewives of New York star.
“He proposed to her with a ring in April. She wasn’t wearing the ring,” a friend of Frankel’s told People. “There were some hurdles to overcome before she could make that level of a commitment. She loved him. He’s her family and her best friend and her confidante. Her partner and her business partner.”
The Real Housewives of New York star kept the proposal under wraps and only letting a select few know.
“Very few people knew about the proposal,” the friend said. “He’s proposed before — but never with a ring.”
Bethenny “didn’t say no” to Dennis’ proposal and would have “loved to have married him” but wanted to work through some of their issues before saying yes.
Unfortunately, Dennis and Bethenny will never get a chance at their happily ever after following his sudden death last Friday from a suspected OxyContin overdose.
My heart is broken for Bethenny. I can’t imagine losing someone you expected to possibly spend forever with.