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    Real Housewives Of Orange County: Braunwyn Windham-Burke gets off to rocky start on sobriety journey

    Braunwyn Windham-Burke rode an emotional roller-coaster during her first 14 days of sobriety on Wednesday’s episode of The Real Housewives Of Orange County.

    On the season 15 episode titled Tequila Truth Serum, the 42-year-old reality star said she might never drink again and worried she might lose friendships because of it.

    Braunwyn revealed that her father died from drinking and her own mother spilled the details of her alcoholism to her friend after allegedly trying to blackmail her over it last year.

    Newly sober: Braunwyn Windham-Burke rode an emotional roller-coaster during her first 14 days of sobriety on Wednesday’s episode of The Real Housewives Of Orange County

    Worse yet, she had to face an allegation by Gina Kirschenheiter, 36, that her husband Sean Burke—with whom she had been ‘going through the motions’—might be looking around.

    ‘I want a drink so bad,’ Braunwyn said to the cameras after a bad day. ‘I hate that I made this choice, and now, I’m like, stuck in it.’

    ‘I thought I could be stronger. I thought I had enough sobriety under my belt that I could do this. What was I thinking? What am I doing?’

    From the beginning of the episode, it was clear that Braunwyn’s decision not to drink had been challenging for her, as by her own admission she tended ot be drunk all the time.

    Rocky start: On the season 15 episode titled Tequila Truth Serum, the 42-year-old reality star said she might never drink again and worried she might lose friendships because of it

    Rocky start: On the season 15 episode titled Tequila Truth Serum, the 42-year-old reality star said she might never drink again and worried she might lose friendships because of it

    ‘I have 14 days of sobriety—that’s it,’ the mom of seven said in a confessional, looking fragile. ‘I’ve been pregnant, nursing or drunk for 25 years.’

    On a Valentines’ Day date with Sean, she told him to drink, saying it would bother her if he didn’t.

    He told her not to worry if she did slip up and have one drink, which concerned her.

    Fourteen days: 'I have 14 days of sobriety—that's it,' the mom of seven said in a confessional, looking fragile. 'I've been pregnant, nursing or drunk for 25 years'

    Fourteen days: ‘I have 14 days of sobriety—that’s it,’ the mom of seven said in a confessional, looking fragile. ‘I’ve been pregnant, nursing or drunk for 25 years’

    Romantic date: On a Valentines' Day date with her husband Sean, Braunwyn told him to drink, saying it would bother her if he didn't

    Romantic date: On a Valentines’ Day date with her husband Sean, Braunwyn told him to drink, saying it would bother her if he didn’t

    ‘I love Sean,’ she said to the cameras. ‘But we are going through the motions of husband and wife. We haven’t had sex since I got sober. We haven’t held hands, I don’t think.’

    Braunwyn acknowledged that her relationship with Sean was ‘incredibly co-dependent,’ and Sean admitted he had probably ‘enabled’ his wife, because he’d sensed that she had an issue.

    This week, Braunwyn revealed to the press that she and Sean were no longer living together.

    No sex: 'I love Sean,' she said to the cameras. 'But we are going through the motions of husband and wife. We haven't had sex since I got sober. We haven't held hands, I don't think'

    No sex: ‘I love Sean,’ she said to the cameras. ‘But we are going through the motions of husband and wife. We haven’t had sex since I got sober. We haven’t held hands, I don’t think’

    Braunwyn was also nervous that she’d be abandoned by her friends if she stopped drinking, and had told only her RHOC castmate Emily Simpson, 44.

    Emily kept Braunwyn’s secret during lunch with Gina, though it was hard as Gina had heard the woman was ‘talking s***’ about her to everyone.

    Gina had recently moved into a 1,600-square foot home with her boyfriend and their six kids, which led Braunwyn to snipe about Gina making bad decisions.

    Secret information: Emily Simpson kept Braunwyn's secret during lunch with Gina Kirschenheiter

    House shaming: Emily was aware that Braunwyn was mocking the size of Gina's new house

    Secret information: Emily Simpson kept Braunwyn’s secret during lunch with Gina Kirschenheiter

    That irritated Gina, who asked Emily, ‘How dare she say anything to do with me and my life?’

    She marveled at the fact that Braunwyn’s new rental home was 8,000-square-feet, adding, ‘I completely believe that she is full of s***.’

    Gina and Emily did so many shots over lunch that Gina said, ‘We’re like the new Tres Amigas.’

    Getting upset: The house remark irritated Gina, who asked Emily, 'How dare she say anything to do with me and my life?'

    Getting upset: The house remark irritated Gina, who asked Emily, ‘How dare she say anything to do with me and my life?’

    ‘Dos idiotas,’ Emily agreed.

    She idly wondered what Sean’s job was, and how the Windham-Burkes made money.

    ‘Hooker,’ Gina joked. ‘Him. 100 percent.’

    Emily mused that Sean used his ‘love shack’ for that work, and Gina cracked, ‘I can’t imagine anyone sleeping with him, with those necklaces,’ as Sean’s chunky jewelry was shown.

    Money question: Emily idly wondered what Sean's job was, and how the Windham-Burkes made money

    Money question: Emily idly wondered what Sean’s job was, and how the Windham-Burkes made money

    ‘Is that his Immunity Idol?’ Emily asked, referring to a prop on the CBS show Survivor.

    Gina used Emily’s phone to call Braunwyn and say, ‘I heard you were taking shots at me.’

    ‘I have been,’ Braunwyn returned. ‘I’ve learned some things you said about my husband that aren’t cool and aren’t true and I don’t appreciate it.’

    Phone call: Gina used Emily's phone to call Braunwyn and say, 'I heard you were taking shots at me'

    Phone call: Gina used Emily’s phone to call Braunwyn and say, ‘I heard you were taking shots at me’

    When Gina asked what she meant, Braunwyn said, ‘Maybe all that bleach went to your brain,’ refusing to tell her over the phone but offering to meet so she could say it to her face.

    She hung up on Gina, then told the cameras that she’d heard from ex-cast member Tamra Judge, 53, who said Gina claimed Sean had been flirting with her via text.

    ‘Apparently, Tamra got a day off from her Master Lucifer, and she has come to Earth to let Gina know what is going on,’ Emily joked.

     

    Hair insult: When Gina asked what she meant, Braunwyn said, 'Maybe all that bleach went to your brain,' refusing to tell her over the phone but offering to meet so she could say it to her face

    Hair insult: When Gina asked what she meant, Braunwyn said, ‘Maybe all that bleach went to your brain,’ refusing to tell her over the phone but offering to meet so she could say it to her face

    In a confessional, Gina explained that after ex-castmate Vicki Gunvalson’s 57th birthday party in 2019, Sean called her a car home, and texted her afterward.

    ‘Hi Gina, just checking in all is OK :),’ he wrote. ‘Braunwyn is asleep, but I got her to the condo first 😉 Anyway, have a good night, and it was great to spend some time with you :).’

    ‘Maybe I took it out of context,’ Gina offered, ‘but I’m allowed to think it’s f***ing creepy.’

    The text: In a confessional, Gina explained that after ex-castmate Vicki Gunvalson's 57th birthday party in 2019, Sean called her a car home, and texted her afterward

    The text: In a confessional, Gina explained that after ex-castmate Vicki Gunvalson’s 57th birthday party in 2019, Sean called her a car home, and texted her afterward

    She dialed Braunwyn again, and they continued to fight, until Braunwyn told Gina to call from her own phone next time, and hung up again.

    ‘Last year, they were like, ”Do you wanna come sleep with us?” Gina noted, laughing about the Windham-Burkes. ‘This year, they’re like, ”Your home is too small.” F*** Braunwyn. She sucks!’

    ‘Oh my God, I drank way too much,’ Emily moaned.

    Hung up: Gina dialed Braunwyn again, and they continued to fight, until Braunwyn told Gina to call from her own phone next time, and hung up again

    Hung up: Gina dialed Braunwyn again, and they continued to fight, until Braunwyn told Gina to call from her own phone next time, and hung up again

    Elsewhere on the show, new castmate Elizabeth Vargas entertained her family from out of town.

    ‘I grew up very, very poor,’ the Missouri native relayed. ‘My dad was a preacher, going from church to church; we lived in trailers. I had never seen money until I was married to a rich guy.’

    Elizabeth was in the process of divorcing billionaire businessman Bernt Bodal, and said her new boyfriend, Jimmy, was everything Bernt was not—including ‘young.’

    New addition: Elsewhere on the show, new castmate Elizabeth Vargas entertained her family from out of town

    New addition: Elsewhere on the show, new castmate Elizabeth Vargas entertained her family from out of town

    She met Jimmy at a restaurant while she was dining with a girlfriend, recalling that she’d said she wanted the ‘tallest, hottest man in the room,’ and she got him.

    Elizabeth hoped Jimmy, who was Mexican, could teach her Spanish, as despite being half-Mexican, she’d never learned the language growing up.

    ‘I’m a pathetic Mexican,’ she told Jimmy, who countered, ‘You’re a Mexican-in-training.’

    New boyfriend: She met Jimmy at a restaurant while she was dining with a girlfriend, recalling that she'd said she wanted the 'tallest, hottest man in the room,' and she got him

    New boyfriend: She met Jimmy at a restaurant while she was dining with a girlfriend, recalling that she’d said she wanted the ‘tallest, hottest man in the room,’ and she got him

    That week, Braunwyn went shopping with Elizabeth, and both of them commiserated over the fact that their fathers had died as a result of drinking.

    Of her dad, Elizabeth said, ‘Because he was an alcoholic, he had full-on system failure. They put him on life support. I was in San Francisco, and I couldn’t get on an airplane, and my ex-husband was on our yacht with Steven Tyler and the Guns  N’ Roses guys. I called him and said, ”We have a jet. I need to get to Washington.” And my husband chose to stay with Steven Tyler.’

    Elizabeth said she’d been drinking like a ‘lush’ during the divorce process, but she resolved never to die the way her father had.

    Drinking dads: That week, Braunwyn went shopping with Elizabeth, and both of them commiserated over the fact that their fathers had died as a result of drinking

    Drinking dads: That week, Braunwyn went shopping with Elizabeth, and both of them commiserated over the fact that their fathers had died as a result of drinking

    Listening, Braunwyn grew miserable and she felt worse after learning that her mother, the kooky Mama Deb, had told Tamra about her drinking.

    ‘It just goes to reaffirm that little voice inside of me that says, ”Your mom doesn’t love you as much as she loves herself”,’ Braunwyn shared.

    She picked up Shannon Beador, 56, for dinner that night, and Shannon tactfully asked Braunwyn if she was ‘on a cleanse.’

    Feeling down: Listening to Elizabeth, Braunwyn grew miserable and she felt worse after learning that her mother, the kooky Mama Deb, had told Tamra about her drinking

    Feeling down: Listening to Elizabeth, Braunwyn grew miserable and she felt worse after learning that her mother, the kooky Mama Deb, had told Tamra about her drinking

    Braunwyn admitted she just wasn’t drinking at the moment, and might never drink again.

    Shannon laughed as she’d thought Braunwyn was pregnant, and brought her a pregnancy test.

    Things were going well in Shannon’s life.

    Not drinking: Braunwyn admitted she just wasn't drinking at the moment, and might never drink again

    Not drinking: Braunwyn admitted she just wasn’t drinking at the moment, and might never drink again

    She was launching her own prepared-foods line, Real For Real, and deeply in love with boyfriend John Janssen.

    Shannon told Braunwyn she’d had no idea how bad her drinking had become.

    Braunwyn said Mama Deb tried to ‘blackmail’ her over it last year, telling her to say that she’d lied about her horrible upbringing on RHOC unless she wanted the world to know she had a drinking problem.

    Good place: Shannon Beador was launching her own prepared-foods line, Real For Real, and deeply in love with boyfriend John Janssen

    Good place: Shannon Beador was launching her own prepared-foods line, Real For Real, and deeply in love with boyfriend John Janssen

    She also told Shannon she was thinking about going to Alcoholics Anonymous, and Shannon said she’d grew up with alcoholism in her family, and used to go to Al-Anon meetings.

    The last test for Braunwyn was facing Gina at Emily’s birthday party for her daughter Annabelle, seven.

    Emily asked Braunwyn not to spar with Gina at the event, and conceded that Gina had a right to be upset, too, as she’d heard what Braunwyn said about her home.

    Another challenge: The last test for Braunwyn was facing Gina at Emily's birthday party for her daughter Annabelle, seven

    Another challenge: The last test for Braunwyn was facing Gina at Emily’s birthday party for her daughter Annabelle, seven

    ‘I’m not the only one doing that,’ Braunwyn replied, noting that Shannon called Gina’s place ‘sad, or depressing.’

    Gina was devastated when Emily told her, as she’d considered Shannon a friend.

    Braunwyn left the party early, asking Gina on the way out if she wanted to talk that week, and affirming that they had shared ‘a mutual understanding of adulthood’ that day.

    ‘Mom respect,’ Gina said, smiling painfully.

    The Real Housewives Of Orange County will return next week on Bravo.

    House talk: Gina was devastated when Emily told her that Shannon also was ridiculing her house, as she'd considered Shannon a friend

    House talk: Gina was devastated when Emily told her that Shannon also was ridiculing her house, as she’d considered Shannon a friend

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