‘Real Housewives Of Orange County’ Star Braunwyn Windham-Burke Announces She Is A LesbianDecember 2, 2020
- Real Housewives of Orange County star Braunwyn Windham-Burke, 43, came out as lesbian in an exclusive interview.
- She says she’s always been attracted to women, and she’s finally comfortable in her own skin.
- Braunwyn says she’s still married to her husband, Sean, and has a girlfriend who spends time with her family.
After 42 years, Braunwyn Windham-Burke is proud to say she’s a lesbian and a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
The Real Housewives of Orange County star wrote on Instagram: “It feels so good to finally be living my truth. I am a lesbian. At 43 years old, I’ve finally been able to accept this part of myself and I’ve realized there are no rules about when someone should come out. This is my time.”
She originally came out in a video interview with GLAAD. “I’m finally comfortable enough to say: I like women. I’m gay. I’m a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. I’m a lesbian. And it has taken me 42 years to say that, but I’m so proud of where I am right now, and I’m so happy where I am. To be able to be comfortable in my own skin after so long is just so nice.” (FYI: Braunwyn celebrated her 43rd birthday in November.)
It was her recent sobriety that helped Braunwyn come out. “This year, I got sober, which I know there is a correlation between the two,” she says. “I know that when you get sober and you start doing the work that goes into that, you start realizing a lot of the reasons you drank had to do with who you were on the inside…This sort of became something that I didn’t want to hide anymore and I didn’t want to keep a secret anymore. I wanna be able to go out to dinner with whoever I want without judgment. You know, as long as my husband was okay and the person I was dating was okay and knows everything. I didn’t wanna have to hide this anymore.”
With that said, it’s still unfamiliar territory for Braunwyn. “I’m still getting used to it…I knew I was attracted to women. I always have been…I got married very young, and I never thought about it. So to be 42…I’m just now starting to feel like I’m becoming the woman I was supposed to be. So for me to be living completely authentically and say, ‘I’m a lesbian. That was who I have always been.’ This isn’t something that is new ’cause that I think is what a lot of people will think. ‘Oh, suddenly you’re one.’ No, I’ve always known it. But it took me personally 42 years to be comfortable enough in my own skin to say that.”
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Many fans asked Braunwyn on Instagram what this means for her marriage. Her answer: “Honestly, we are in uncharted territory. I don’t have a role model for this. I don’t have anyone to go to for answers.”
Braunwyn and her husband, Sean, with whom she shares seven children from age 2 to 20, aren’t planning on splitting, either. “So right now, we’re just doing our own way,” Braunwyn says. “You know, Sean and I are still married. I plan on staying married…We’re raising the kids together. He’s my best friend. He knows the girl I’m dating; her name is Kris. I mean, we go to parties together! She came over the other night, hung out with the family, had dinner with us. I mean, it’s only as weird as you make it.”
Braunwyn hopes her story helps others. “Hopefully, when this comes out, there’s gonna be other people that say, ‘Oh hey, I can relate to this!’ or ‘Hey, thank you!’ and that will make it better.”
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