Sean Burke and Braunwyn Windham-Burke were in the hot seat at the “The Real Housewives of Orange County” meeting.
The couple answered questions about their unconventional marriage to Andy Cohen and the other “Housewives” as the episode wrapped up Wednesday night.
The conversation started with Braunwyn, 43, admitting she was still attracted to women “but it didn’t fit what [she] wanted ”for his life with a house, children and“ the perfect life ”.
“I have never been physically attracted to men,” she added.
“Have you never been physically attracted to Sean?” Cohen asked her about her husband for over two decades. She went out as a lesbian in December.
After a long pause, she replied, “No. And it breaks my heart to say that.
“I guess it breaks your heart to hear,” Cohen said to Sean.
“Yeah. It absolutely is,” Sean replied. “I mean, when I think things are passionate or different, it involves drinking, getting out at that point in our relationship. we have an emotional connection, we are best friends and we like each other like that, but that was part of our relationship which was really difficult and really stimulating.
He also admitted that “in some ways it was a relief” when Braunwyn came out to him because it was like an elephant in the room to him.
Cohen then asked what role Braunwyn’s friend Shari played in their marriage, as Braunwyn told the girls during the season that she moved in with the couple during a quarantine period.
“She was the one who kept me sober,” Braunwyn said as Gina Kirschenheiter rolled her eyes.
She explained that Shari would comfort her during the “freak outs” and tell her about it. At one point, Braunwyn fell in love with Shari.
“We took a trip. She wanted me to leave it for her and I couldn’t do that, ”Braunwyn said.
“Oh, Shari is a lesbian?” Kirschenheiter asked.
“No,” Braunwyn replied. “No. We just had something.
Braunwyn then noted that they had never done anything physically, but had an emotional connection.
“She’s gone,” Braunwyn continued. “He flew away. When he was there we had a very amazing conversation. I was like, “I want to be with women. I would love to try to have an open marriage with you. I think we should try this because you’re still my best friend, like, I love you. And he accepted.
The couple, who share seven children, are still figuring out their new relationship – with Sean also starting to date. Braunwyn said she found out when they returned from the trip that another woman had stayed at their house.
“I didn’t take that well,” she admitted as the women began side conversations about how their relationship was one-sided. Braunwyn said they started therapy together to understand what they and each other want in their lives.
Sean and Braunwyn aren’t sure what their future will look like – or if they will return to “RHOC” – but they both want to stay committed to their family as Braunwyn continues to date his girlfriend Kris.
“It’s mixed. It’s hard, ”Sean admitted. “After being with someone for 25 years, of course, it’s hard to say, ‘Oh my God, how did that happen? How did I not see this? But on the other hand, she’s so much happier and we don’t fight.
The women then agreed that Braunwyn was selfish about Sean’s role in their relationship, with Kirschenheiter noting that Braunwyn had confessed to physically abusing Sean during quarantine.
“I slapped him. I slapped him, ”Braunwyn said. “It was horrible.”
As Cohen began to explain how the conversation might have been different if Braunwyn was a man who admitted to being abused, Kirschenheiter referred to her own argument with her ex-husband Matt Kirschenheiter, who was accused of domestic violence. shouting: would have destroyed your family.
Sean admitted to allowing him to drink and wanted to keep him from drinking during the situation where Braunwyn had slapped him and said he knew he was getting in his way. While Kirschenheiter said she was upset, Braunwyn said she didn’t need to make amends at the cast.
At the end of the conversation, the women sided with Sean – which would make for an interesting next season.