Season 15 of Real Housewives of Orange County centered, for better or worse, around Braunwyn Windham-Burke. She admitted that she is an alcoholic. Braunwyn told RHOC viewers that she had physically hit her husband, Sean Burke, in front of their children. Sean, of course, stood up for his wife.
In December, Braunwyn announced that she is a lesbian. She started dating her girlfriend, Kris, but has no plans to divorce Sean. Braunwyn said, “I think, for me, the most important thing is when I’m with Sean, I’m with Sean. When I’m with Kris, I’m with Kris. … [I] give them a hundred percent of me when I’m with them.” Does Braunwyn have any time in her jam-packed schedule for her seven kids?
Season 15 of Real Housewives of Orange County started off with Braunwyn Windham-Burke revealing that she was an alcoholic. And the mom of seven kids dealt with a lot of other issues, too.
In December, Braunwyn announced that she is a lesbian. The RHOC star’s husband, Sean Burke, supported her completely. Braunwyn and Sean tried all season to hammer out the details of their “modern marriage.”
Braunwyn Windham-Burke carried this entire season of Real Housewives of Orange County. It has been dark, difficult, and surprisingly honest. Braunwyn admitted that she is an alcoholic. During the coronavirus lockdown, Braunwyn told RHOC viewers that she had never used a washing machine. And that she physically hit her husband, Sean Burke, for the second time.
That is horrible. Worse yet, the incident happened in front of one of their kids. Braunwyn regretted her actions, and said that “Sean was the only thing that stood between me, and you know, a bottle of alcohol.” Again–physical violence is never acceptable.
Braunwyn Windham-Burke has been on quite the journey. I know we have said it over and over but it’s true. Honestly, it’s hard keeping up with Braunwyn news these days. In the course of this season of Real Housewives of Orange County, she’s given us a lot. She’s admitted to being an alcoholic, slapping her husband, Sean Burke and now coming out as a lesbian. I’ll say it again – that was all in one season. Whew.
Despite her living her truth, not everyone is feeling it. She’s been accused of being thirsty for attention multiple times. Some even think she’s using her alcoholism as a storyline. For the record, I don’t support that theory. I think Braunwyn needed help and didn’t want to quit the show so she put it all out there. Which for others struggling with abuse must be a big moment of relatability. And there is nothing wrong with that.
As the latest season of Real Housewives of Orange County wrapped, it’s hard to name a bigger turn around than cast member Braunwyn Windham-Burke. She ended last season with what we thought was a hot and heavy marriage. She even had a vow renewal this season. All seemed….good?
But cracks quickly started to show. And some of the bombs she has dropped this season were pretty unexpected, even for the unconventional housewife. She admitted she was an alcoholic and spent the season not only battling it, but defending it to the likes of Gina Kirschenheiter and Kelly Dodd. She also admitted to some pretty heavy stuff within her seemingly perfect marriage. Those things included slapping husband, Sean Burke and just an overall vibe of her not being into him. Cut to her in the last episode coming out as a lesbian. While reports indicated she wanted to stay married, Braunwyn is busy having a full on relationship with her 29-year old girlfriend, Kris.
Sean Burke and Braunwyn Windham-Burke have completely transformed their marriage over the course of the latest Real Housewives of Orange County season. For whatever reason they have decided not to divorce despite Braunwyn coming out as a lesbian. Sean has been clear he will support her no matter what. Some people just can’t seem to make it make sense. I honestly don’t see why anyone cares what consenting adults want to get into.
Braunwyn has been asking the criticism to stop, but it’s not looking good for her. After announcing that she would be heartbroken if Sean were dating, some new goss hit the stands.
Love her or loathe her, in Braunwyn Windham-Burke has been carrying Real Housewives of Orange County on her back this season.
At this point, all roads lead back to Braunwyn. From her struggles with alcoholism to her falling out with every single one of her co-stars, she’s really giving us all a lot to talk about. Unfortunately, one hot topic of conversation was Braunwyn’s confession that she hit her husband Sean Burke twice, in front of their kids.
A lot of people seem to be questioning new Real Housewives of Orange County cast member Elizabeth Lyn Vargas specifically about Braunwyn Windham-Burke. It’s either that or Elizabeth is particularly fascinated with Braunwyn’s life. We’ve already heard from Liz regarding her thoughts on Braunwyn’s less than traditional marriage. Sean Burke has been Braunwyn’s husband for over 20 years. They share seven children and a lifetime of memories.
Speaking of memories, Elizabeth seems to think ‘ol Sean and Braunie have some skeletons in their closet. But Braunwyn has been painfully open this season, maybe too open. She’s just your average mom/wife/lesbian/girlfriend/husband-hitting/recovering alcoholic/please-don’t-date-other-people OC lady. Despite their troubles, Braunwyn and Sean have pledged to stick it out and that makes Liz think something is afoot. I’m not sure if Elizabeth is trying to pen a new chapter to Murder, She Wrote, but come hell or high water, she wants the dirt.