On the bright side, we haven’t been inundated with media featuring the extraness of Braunwyn Windham-Burke in a few weeks. It might be fair to say we all needed a reprieve from her… “antics”. Now that time has come to an end because the Real Housewives of Orange County star is back in the news. I know you’re probably thinking, “what has ‘ol Braunie done this time?” She’s already taken every existing storyline possible and condensed them into one season.
Braunwyn admitted to being an alcoholic and struggled with sobriety on camera. She also came out as a lesbian but did not want to end her twenty-year marriage with husband and statement necklace aficionado, Sean Burke. Braunwyn and Sean remain married, despite Braunwyn not being attracted to men. She even went so far as to say she didn’t want Sean to start dating other women. Speaking of other women, Braunwyn went and got herself a girlfriend, Kris. After five months of pap shots and trying to make a courtship within a marriage work, it seems like Kris has jumped ship.
This past year has been full of some extreme highs and lows for Brandi Redmond. A video resurfaced of her mocking Asians. After that, she checked into a wellness center in the midst of the backlash.
Her mother-in-law died in a car accident. Brandi’s daughter Brinkley was in the car at the time. Thankfully, she survived the action. Last week, Brandi announced the birth of her fourth child, a baby girl. And now she’s done with Real Housewives of Dallas? Or at least that’s what it seems like she’s saying.
It’s reunion time! And the Real Housewives of Orange County are gathered for a safe, socially distanced sit-down at L.A.’s historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre. The ladies dressed in their best red, white and black, and they’re ready to do battle. Can you guys believe this is the fifteenth time we’ve done this in Orange County? We’ve certainly come a long way from watching clips from the season on a rolling TV in Vicki Gunvalson‘s grotto sans Andy Cohen. And also Kimberly Bryant. Remember her?
Let’s talk about the Real Housewives of Orange County reunion fashion, yes? The color palette doesn’t seem to have a definitive theme and the looks are…varied. To say the least. My personal vote for best of the bunch goes to Emily Simpson for her va-va-voom burgundy gown. It’s a fab update on the red velvet wrap dress she wore at the Season 14 reunion, which also happened to be my favorite look that year. (Em sure tends to turn it out come reunion time, doesn’t she?) It seems she knows red’s her color, and she looks better than ever.
Someone went to their local community college and took a course on how to maintain a job in reality television. Gina Kirschenheiter may want to look into this class… Real Housewives of Orange County star Braunwyn Windham-Burke made a not-so-shocking revelation. After a long marriage, many children, a sketchy mother, and acknowledging alcoholism, Braunie has come out of the closet.
Braunwyn should be applauded for being able to finally live authentically, but it didn’t come easy. This one broke the mold when she showed up on RHOC, and hers is no ordinary family. Between Dr. Deb’s
big fat mouth homage to Rainbow Brite and “renegotiating” her marriage with Sean Burke, Braunwyn’s household is colorful. Sean has been ride-or-die with Braunwyn since day one. He’s done everything from watch her give birth to struggle with booze. Now we learn just because Braunwyn identifies as gay, doesn’t mean Sean identifies as gone.
Welcome back to another week of The Real Housewives of Orange County. One with, frankly, a whole lot of drinking and not a lot happening. Out of everything that’s happened so far this season, this episode felt most like a bunch of filler. Which is especially strange considering all of the women are stuck together. In Palm Springs. For Braunwyn Windham-Burke‘s 20-year vow renewal. You think that equation would equal fireworks. But instead, it was a whole lot of…nothing.
Honestly, the biggest confrontation comes at the very top of the hour, with Shannon Beador continuing to argue with Kelly Dodd over the concept of a tincture. But even that simmering feud isn’t that interesting. Because it really just boils down to the fact that Kelly doesn’t understand what a tincture even is, and was flat-out wrong in accusing Shannon of starting a water line. Shannon never said any such thing. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned this season, it’s this. Never tell Shannon Storms Beador she said something she didn’t say!
Well, that’s it. My brain is permanently scarred. My eyes can’t unsee it. Did anyone have Kelly Dodd filming in bed with a shirtless Rick Leventhal on their 2020 Bravo bingo card? Because that’s how this episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County opened. And in the immortal words of one Valerie Cherish, “I don’t need to see that!” (Listen, if you know, you know.) Honestly, the less said about the Fox News reporter wanting to hang things Kelly (in 7 minutes though?), the better. The only good thing about suffering through that opening scene was seeing it get interrupted by Hoda Kotb reporting on the encroaching coronavirus.
This season is turning out to be a bit like Game of Thrones when it comes to the pandemic. Like the families of Westeros, the women are busy fighting and feuding and getting offended. But the real problem on the horizon is the proverbial White Walker they’re all dismissing. It’s coming, ladies. Even if Rick Leventhal isn’t worried about it. And it’s going to lay waste to this season, which apparently, we might already be about halfway through? If that’s true, is this jaunt to Palm Springs supposed to count as one of Season 15’s cast trips?
Braunwyn Windham-Burke’s shoulders are super strong since she’s carrying all the storylines for the next few seasons of Real Housewives of Orange County. In the first episode, Braunwyn told frenemy Emily Simpson that she’s an alcoholic. Since then, we’ve learned that production kept her alcoholism under wraps during her first season and a crew member accompanied her to her first AA meeting.
The other bombshell Braunwyn dropped is that her and her husband, Sean Burke, are no longer living together. The couple is currently “redefining what marriage means.” Oh and that she has a new special someone in her life who is likely a woman. According to her RHOC cast mate, Gina Kirschenheiter, Braunwyn’s family “is in crisis.” Or are they?
Braunwyn Windham-Burke’s family life is eclipsing the current season of Real Housewives of Orange County. She has been very open about her alcoholism and its effects on her husband Sean Burke and her
manipulative, thirsty, toxic mother Dr. Deb.
Braunwyn has also said that she has another love interest outside of her marriage, which Sean is, apparently cool with. Oh, and she and Sean aren’t even living together these days. There is a lot to unpack there, so it’s interesting how Braunwyn had found the time to diss Gina Kirschenheiter for her love life, specifically Gina’s decision to move in with Travis Mullen six months into their relationship and eight months after her split from Matt Kirschenheiter. As the viewers have seen, Gina, Matt, and all of their kids (six of them) are living in a three-bedroom condo together.