After a 20 year marriage and 7 children, Real Housewives Of Orange County star Braunwyn Windham-Burke says she’s a lesbian and she has a girlfriend during an interview with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) on Wednesday.
“I like women. I’m gay. I’m a member of the LGBTQ+ community. It has taken me 42 years to say that but I am so proud of where I am right now. I’m so happy where I am. To be able to be comfortable in my own skin after so long is just so nice.”
“I’m just now starting to feel like I’m becoming the woman I’m supposed to be. I’ve always known it, but it took me, personally, 42 years to be comfortable in my own skin to say that.”
“I had a scene with Tamra that everyone kind of talked about. When we were getting ready for the reunion I was talking to a producer that I trust a lot, his name was James, and he said, ‘How do you feel about this? Was it a drunken mistake or is this a part of who you are?’ And I said, ‘This is who I am.'”
“When I went to the reunion last year I kind of started baby-stepping into, ‘This is who I am. I like women.’ I was testing the waters with my friends, my cast, my family.”
She said she decided to reveal the news after getting sober and learning to accept herself for who she truly is. During that same time, she said she met a woman she began having feelings for.
“I met someone that I was interested in pursuing a relationship with. It became someth ing that I didn’t want to hide anymore and I didn’t want to keep secret anymore.”
Braunwyn, 43, has been married to her husband Sean Burke for over 20 years. They share seven children: Bella, 20, Rowan, 18, Jacob, 15, twins Caden and Curran, 7, Koa, 4 and Hazel, 2.
On Sean: “I love Sean. I love him dearly, he is my person, he is my family. But I’m not attracted to men and I never have been.”
“We are in unchartered territories. Sean and I are still married, I plan on staying married. We are not sleeping in the same bedroom right now, but we are in the same house. We are raising our kids together, he’s my best friend. He knows the girl I’m dating.”
“It’s only as weird as you make it, the children weren’t shocked at all when I told them. I don’t know how we are making it all work right now, but we are.”
So what did they renew their wedding vows for?
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Transcript: People Mag