09/06/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bethenny Frankel Talks Baby, Painful Past

As a first-time mom, Bethenny Frankel is happily focused on pampering her new baby, 8-week-old Bryn. But the reality TV star says her own childhood was far less loving.

"I never had a true childhood," Frankel, 39 -- the only child of legendary horse trainer Bobby Frankel and his first wife, Bernadette -- tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. "There was a lot of destruction: alcohol abuse, eating disorders and violent fights."

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