RHOC's Braunwyn Windham-Burke comes out as a lesbian, remains with husband

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
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The Real Housewives of Orange County star Braunwyn Windham-Burke, who has been married to husband Sean Burke for 20 years, has come out as a lesbian in a new interview.

"I like women. I'm gay," the star said while speaking with GLAAD.

The Real Housewives of Orange County star Braunwyn Windham-Burke, who has been married to husband Sean Burke for 20 years, has come out as a lesbian in a new interview. Photo: Bravo
The Real Housewives of Orange County star Braunwyn Windham-Burke, who has been married to husband Sean Burke for 20 years, has come out as a lesbian in a new interview. Photo: Bravo

"I’m a member of the LGBTQ+ community," Braunwyn continued. "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."

The reality star, who shares seven children with Sean, said of her husband, "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."

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The couple plans to remain married, despite Braunwyn coming out and having a girlfriend. She said they aren’t sleeping in the same bedroom but they are raising their children together.

The couple have shared that they still love each other, despite Braunwyn saying she's never been attracted to men. Photo: Bravo
The couple have shared that they still love each other, despite Braunwyn saying she's never been attracted to men. Photo: Bravo

Taking to her Instagram, she wrote: “It feels so good to finally be living my truth. I am a lesbian. At 43 years old, I’ve finally been able to accept this part of myself and I’ve realized there are no rules about when someone should come out. This is my time.”

Sean took to Instagram to show his support for Braunwyn, writing: "I love you. I'm proud of you. And I support you. Always."

Braunwyn also shared that she's "still getting used to" identifying as a lesbian.

"I knew I was attracted to women," she said. "I always have been...I got married very young and I never thought about it. So to be 42...I’m just now starting to feel like I’m becoming the woman I was supposed to be.

"So for me to be living completely authentically and say, ‘I’m a lesbian. That was who I have always been.’ This isn’t something that is new ‘cause that I think is what a lot of people will think. ‘Oh, suddenly you’re one.’ No, I’ve always known it. But it took me personally 42 years to be comfortable enough in my own skin to say that."

The couple shares seven children together and have no plans of splitting up. Photo: Bravo
The couple shares seven children together and have no plans of splitting up. Photo: Bravo

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