RHOC: Braunwyn Windham-Burke Has a Surprisingly Close Relationship With This Ex-Housewife
Braunwyn Windham-Burke just made Real Housewives history by being the first housewife in the franchise to come out as gay. Burke has received support from a lot of celebrities during this time but surprisingly only one of her former The Real Housewives of Orange County costars has had her back through this entire process.
Braunwyn Windham-Burke comes out
Windham-Burke came out earlier this month in an interview with GLAAD.
“I like women. I’m gay,” she said. “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,” she continued. “I’ve always known it, but it took me, personally, 42 years to be comfortable in my own skin to say that.”
Being on RHOC helped Braunwyn-Burke come out.
“I had a scene with Tamra that everyone kind of talked about,” she said. “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.’”
She even lightly tested the waters of coming out on the show.
“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.
Which cast members have supported Braunwyn?
Earlier this week, Windham-Burke posted a photo inviting fans to comment and state their opinions.
“Okay, you’ve all got a lot of opinions about what’s going on in my life, so instead of writing them on a cute Santa photo with the kids, you can write them here….get it out and then we can move on,” she captioned the photo of herself.
When one fan told her to stay away from former RHOC cast member Tamra Judge, Windham-Burke revealed that she and Judge were actually really close.
“Tamara [sic] has been the only person from ‘RHOC’ that has been there for me, she knew I was sober and kept it to herself, she knew we were struggling with our daughters mental health issues and listened, she got me through a day that was so hard I was physically shaking,” she wrote. “Whatever you think you know, you don’t.”