Bethenny Frankel lives a charmed life of red carpets, velvet ropes and A-list parties, but things weren't always so glamorous for the 'Bethenny Getting Married' star.

In the latest issue of PEOPLE, Frankel opens up about her difficult childhood, discussing her mother's battles with an eating disorder and alcoholism, the abandonment she felt when her father left and her own struggles with food.

"I never had a true childhood," Frankel tells the mag. "There was a lot of destruction: alcohol abuse, eating disorders and violent fights."