Frankel and Hoppy in happier times.
and husband Jason Hoppy after almost three years of marriage.
"It brings me great sadness to say that Jason and I are separating. This was an extremely difficult decision that as a woman and a mother, I have to accept as the best choice for our family," Frankel, 42, said in a statement Sunday.
"We have love and respect for one another and will continue to amicably co-parent our daughter who is and will always remain our first priority," the statement continues. "This is an immensely painful and heartbreaking time for us."
The report on People continues:
News of their split comes after months of speculation that their relationship was
Frankel and Hoppy, who when Frankel was seven months pregnant, are parents of , 2½.
rose to early fame as a cast member on The Real Housewives of New York. She later starred in Bethenny Getting Married? and as host of her own talk show, Bethenny. As an author, she has published four books.
Frankel at a nightclub in November 2008, and they two became engaged 11 months later.