I don't think she is making stuff up either. Their relationship was intense but complicated. We can't possibly know exactly what their feelings or intentions were. If we dismiss Bethenny's narrative about her relationship with Dennis on the grounds that she has misrepresented the truth and/or lied in the past, we've done so based on unreliable sources. All the HWs lie. What they say on TV or to the media is intended to entertain and promote themselves, their brand or both. The show is a combination infomercial, bullshit and fantasy with a dash of reality. From time to time a real life situation requires they react. That's the dash of reality and a HW's response is unpredictable because they only live in the real world part-time.