Here's How Bethenny Frankel Made An “Underground Army” To Help Puerto Rico

Bethenny Frankel is so consumed with helping the people of Puerto Rico struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria that she is dreaming of relief efforts. As she works to coordinate sending supplies to the battered island via her B Strong campaign, she recently dreamt someone had offered her 600 private planes to help transport goods.

“I thought it was real,” Frankel told BuzzFeed News’ Twitter morning show, AM to DM, on Wednesday. “I’m locked in and I’ve got to find a way out at some point because I do have another business and another life.

“But it’s really hard to unknow what you know,” said the entrepreneur and reality TV star, who recently traveled to Puerto Rico to deliver supplies herself. “Once you know we need dialysis, I need insulin, we have a baby that’s on a vent, a high school that needs medicine. You hear all this stuff and then everyone is coming to you and you don’t want to disappoint.”

When Frankel first saw the images coming out of the battered US territory she felt compelled to help, but she said she was repeatedly rebuffed when she reached out to groups to offer her assistance.

“They said, ‘No, we don’t need your help, we’ve got this,'” the Shark Tank guest judge said.

Instead, she connected with strangers trying to do good in Puerto Rico, coordinating their efforts via online messages and on Twitter.

“There are other people out there trying to help that were also rejected, so I sort of connected with the rejects, and we created this army, this underground army of probably 25 Puerto Rican people and myself that are doing this all.

“I have never met them before,” she said. “This isn’t my assistants, this isn’t my friends — this is strangers and myself through chatrooms that are working together 24 hours a day.”

Frankel was herself responsible for initially sending at least seven planes packed with goods to the island, and she has since helped coordinate dozens more.

She is now working to transport millions of pounds of relief supplies via cargo ship.

Asked by AM to DM host Saeed Jones about the Trump administration’s response to the disaster, Frankel did say “some ball has been dropped.”

“Somebody somewhere dropped the ball because I’ve been in those small towns,” she said. “No one has visited them.”

“People wait two and a half hours to just get some food. They’re rationing water. They’re living in mud. So some ball has been dropped,” she said.

However, the Real Housewives of New York City star declined to criticize the government’s response, saying it was more important to focus on helping Puerto Ricans.

“I’m not really involved in politics,” she said. “I don’t work in the West Wing. I don’t know exactly what they’re doing. It’s not really my business.

“My business is that I saw a mess and we could all talk about it and beat each other up and blame each other, or you could pick up a broom and clean.”

Miley Cyrus Answers Your Questions While Cuddling With Puppies And It's So Damn Cute

Who has been the most inspiring to you during the creation of your new album?

Miley Cyrus: I wrote my new album at my studio Rainbowland, which is also a song that I sing with Dolly Parton. And so just being around all the colors always really inspired me.

Do you have any advice for young women who feel repressed when it comes to their identity?

MC: My advice would be, surround yourself with friends who think like you, but also make sure you expose yourself to different types of people but keep people around you that always lift you up and support you.

If you could talk to your animals and have them understand you, what would you tell them?

MC: I would hope that all of them know how much that I love them, but I have no doubt in my mind that they do. Because I treat them better than my own family members.

Are the songs from Younger Now put in a specific order to tell a story?

MC: Everything on the record has a reason. In “Younger Now” the song, there’s the sound of the river that’s at my house. And then “Malibu,” that’s where my house is, and then “Rainbowland” is a studio at my house. So it’s kind of like introducing people to where I made the record and [how I] was inspired by where I am, and inspired by Rainbowland.

What’s the sweetest thing a fan has done for you?

MC: I think my fans allowing me to have Happy Hippie in the way that they’ve really supported it — and [opening] up about themselves.

If you weren’t a singer what would you be doing?

MC: This, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365.

Which song from Younger Now is the most special to you?

MC: “Malibu” was the first song that I wrote on this record so it’s extra special to me.

Eminem Honestly Looks Like Mariah Carey In “Obsessed” And I'm Losing It

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“A lot of people say, if you can’t take the heat, you shouldn’t be a musician. I think that’s messed up. I think I deserve to chase my dream and do what I love even though I have a mental illness… It makes me upset to have people abusing me for A, B, C, or D online. It’s not because I’m oversensitive. It’s not because I take it to heart. It’s not because I’m overdramatic. It’s because I have a mental illness. And the fact that people refuse to be sensitive to that shows me that we still have a very, very, very long way to go. If I miss out on something because I let my mental illness get the best of me, I’m going to be letting down thousands of people who need me to be stronger than that.” (Pedestrian)

It Looks Like We *Might* Be Getting A Pussycat Dolls Reunion

“Talk of the girls ­getting back together has been rife for a few years now and they have finally found a time which works for them all,” a source identified as a “group insider” told the publication. “They are still deciding whether it will involve a full tour or just a handful of performances but they are excited to be getting out there together again.”