Yesterday, Braunwyn Windham-Burke made history as the first real housewife to come out as a lesbian. The Real Housewives of Orange County star took to Instagram to share the announcement and gave a candid interview with GLAAD. While Windham-Burke is a lesbian, she has been married to her husband Sean Burke for over 20 years. Do they plan to stay together?
How did Braunwyn decide to come out?
Windham-Burke shocked fans when she came out in her interview with GLAAD yesterday.
“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.”
An interaction with a producer from the show pushed Windham-Burke to recognize who she really is.
“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.’”