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Braunwyn Windham-Burke Shares an Update on Co-Parenting with Ex Sean

The Real Housewives of Orange County alum and her estranged husband are on a “rocky road full of potholes” as they navigate their new living situation.  

By Jenny Berg
Braunwyn Windham-Burke Opens Up About Coming Out: "It's Been Hard"

After a Las Vegas “wedding” with her girlfriend, Jennifer Spinner, Braunwyn Windham-Burke is off to Tennessee. The Real Housewives of Orange County alum, her girlfriend, and her kids will be moving down South soon — and Braunwyn’s estranged ex, Sean, is going to “nest” with the family there too. Braunwyn and Sean recently sat down with Page Six to share an update on their co-parenting situation, and Jennifer joined them for the interview.

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As usual, Braunwyn didn’t sugarcoat anything when describing some of the difficulties the blended family is facing. “There’s times when we’re one big happy family, and there’s times where it’s, like, let’s not be in the same room together,” Braunwyn confessed. That could have to do with Sean’s ex, who… let’s just say… didn’t make fast friends with Braunwyn. 

“I really hated his ex-girlfriend. I really disliked that girl,” the RHOC alum said. “She was, like, cyberstalking me and almost young enough to be my daughter.” She added: “That was a hard one, because he never told me about it. I found out from our kids, I found out from our housekeeper. So, for me, I always want to know things. I’m an over-sharer… I’d rather know more than not, so I think we clash a lot about that.”

Sean chimed in. “I dated a girl who’s 28 for a little bit. That was it… This ended months ago.” He added: “One of the biggest reasons I hadn’t had a relationship or [dated] is because I couldn’t have anybody around the kids. And not having someone around the kids is an immediate dealbreaker for me.” 

Sean claimed that Braunwyn told him he couldn’t introduce a new love interest to the kids for nine months to a year after their split, but the RHOC alum denies those claims. “That’s not what I said,” she retorted. 

Meanwhile, Braunwyn’s girlfriend, Jen Spinner, met the kids early in their courtship. “I was really like, ‘Well, what the hell? So now you like somebody, six weeks she’s in?’” Sean told Page Six. “Turns out, in this case, Jen is a great person. But I was not that cool with it right away, like, ‘Oh, cool, here you are.’”

“He’s right, and we’ve talked about double standards,” Jen said. Addressing Braunwyn, she added: “You and I have had a lot of conversations around the double standard and that it’s unfair to hold Sean to standards that you don’t uphold.”

For her part, Braunwyn said she wants what’s best for her estranged husband. “I want to see Sean with someone that makes him happy,” she told Page Six. “Not [someone] that I’m going to pick out, but I’d like you to be with someone nice. I don’t have much that I’m asking for, just someone nice. That’s all. Age-appropriate would be great.”

Despite their disagreements, Braunwyn readily shares that she still has a ton of love for Sean. “He’s still my first phone call and he’s still my person — for anything. And I will say that,” she said. “I love Sean. I mean, 28 years [after meeting him], yes, I will always love him.”

Sean also had words of support for his estranged wife. “Braunwyn coming out but getting sober at the same time were two massive things to happen, like, immediately,” he said. “As much as I fight with Braunwyn, she’s in a much better place right now, and the sobriety thing is not something to be pushed under a rug.”

He then told Braunwyn directly, “There’s going to be a lot of bumps along the way. We’re still on that rocky road full of potholes, but we’re going to get there.”

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