The Real Housewives of Orange County‘s Braunwyn Windham-Burke has been plagued in recent weeks of rumors of her split with husband Sean. Windham-Burke may have just answered those rumors in an interesting way, by calling her marriage a, “modern marriage.”
Divorce Rumors Originate With Something Braunwyn Herself Said
Braunwyn and Sean have been together since 2000. A 20-year-marriage in Beverly Hills is not only remarkable, but unlikely. However, the pair continued to beat the odds as the years passed. In a 2019 interview, Braunwyn reveals that she and Sean had split before, but that they fought to save their marriage.
According to UsWeekly, Braunwyn said in the RHOC after show, “We fought for our family because Sean and I almost got divorced. We’ve been through infidelity. We’ve gone down this road and Sean and I came back stronger.”
Braunwyn has been uncomfortably open about her sex life on RHOC, discussing threesomes and making out with other women. The mom of 7 also talked in 2019 about cheating on her husband during a rough patch in their marriage.
PageSix reports, “‘Sean and I almost got divorced. So when [Gina Kirschenheiter] was going through this, I was like, ‘Hey, we’ve been through infidelity. We have gone down this road and Sean and I have gotten stronger.’
‘I cheated on Sean,’ Windham-Burke, 41, told an off-screen producer while co-star Shannon Beador looked on in shock. ‘We separated. I took the kids. He was with someone else too.’
Braunwyn Posts, then Removes, Cryptic Hint
Although that split is history, on the 27th of September, Braunwyn posted on her Instagram story, “New to the co-parenting world? It doesn’t have to suck. It won’t feel like this forever. You just need some perspective… Knowing what to expect will save your sanity.”
Although Braunwyn quickly removed the cryptic post, fans began speculating that the RHOC star was talking about her own impending divorce. Daughter Rowan didn’t help the situation much when the teen posted an image of herself with the caption, “F-ck. you. mom.” Rowan later amended the caption to remove the message to her mom.
Braunwyn did not directly address the posts, but did add to her Instagram story, stating, “Our family asks for your understanding as we work through some challenging circumstances. 45 million Americans will experience mental health issues. This effects almost every family, and ours is no different. We will share with you more when the time is right. We kindly ask for your grace and kindness, and thank everyone for their support.”
Braunwyn has a “Modern Marriage”
As fans speculate, Braunwyn may have addressed the rumors in a recent Instagram post. Braunwyn shared an image of herself and husband Sean in a pool together with the caption, “Modern Marriage.” While this may seem cryptic, there may be hints in Braunwyn’s past behavior as to what she’s referring to. Braunwyn has admitted in the past that she has treated hubby Sean to threesomes for his birthday, and is honest about the, “openness,” of their relationship.
Further suggesting that Braunwyn is talking about an open marriage, less than an hour ago the RHOC star posted an Instagram image of herself with Sean, captioned, “Always evolving. #makeourownrules @seanwindhamburke @doradobeachreserve.”
So Are They Divorcing or Not?
For now, all signs point to no. Braunwyn seems to be hinting that whatever’s going on with their marriage, it’s by design. Open relationships often involve romantic or sexual involvement with outside parties and can sometimes appear to people not, “in the know,” that the couple is seeking companionship elsewhere. However, when done by design, open relationships can involve fidelity and mindfulness. If this is what Braunwyn is suggesting, the divorce rumors may be the result of people’s misperceptions. However, this doesn’t explain daughter Rowan’s online attack or the co-parenting advice. Time will make more clear what’s happening with Braunwyn and Sean, and with RHOC season 15 premiering on October 14th, maybe questions will be answered.