What a difference 12 months can make. This time last year, Bethenny Frankel had just filed for divorce from Jason Hoppy after almost three years of reality TV-documented marriage. But she rang in 2014 in the company of a new man.
The Skinnygirl mogul-turned-talk show host stepped out in Miami with a brawny guy who's been identified as Michael "Mac" Cerussi III, who works in finance in New York.
Bethenny, 43, didn't try to hide her affection for Cerussi, and they locked lips as 2014 dawned.
"She seemed relaxed with him and having a great time," a spy tells E! News. "At the stroke of midnight, they shared a passionate kiss and proceeded to make out in front of everyone."
Adds an eyewitness to In Touch, "Bethenny looked very happy to be kissing Mac in public -- it's like the knew she was ready to go public with him."
"Finally a nice beach day in Miami. Jumping into the ocean to plunge into the new year," she tweeted, making no mention of Cerussi.
Frankel, who shares custody of 3-year-old daughter Bryn after her bitter and messy split from Hoppy, recently laid out what she's looking for in a man.
"Acceptance. Confidence. Sense of humor. Ability to take charge," she explained in the December issue of Health. "I'm always so in charge, I'd like someone else to take charge."
Still, she insisted dating was still a ways off: "It's like having food poisoning and not wanting to eat again. In theory it sounds somewhat appetizing, but in reality it just doesn't seem all that interesting to me."