Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel and husband Jason Hoppy have split.

The42-year-old Frankel, who also is a chef, author and entrepreneur, tellsthe Associated Press that the split brings her "great sadness."

"Thiswas an extremely difficult decision that as a woman and a mother, Ihave to accept as the best choice for our family," Frankel said. "Wehave love and respect for one another and will continue to amicablyco-parent our daughter who is and will always remain our first priority.This is an immensely painful and heartbreaking time for us."

Frankel became famous as a member of the cast of The Real Housewives of New York. She later spun off reality shows that focused on her life.

She and Hoppy met in 2008 and married in 2010. Their daughter, Bryn, is 2.

Frankel's new talk show, Bethenny, is scheduled to appear nationally in 2013.