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Real Housewives Of Orange County: Braunwyn Windham-Burke calls herself an ‘alcoholic’ after bender

Braunwyn Windham-Burke called herself an ‘alcoholic’ who could ‘never drink again’ on the season 15 premiere Wednesday of The Real Housewives Of Orange County.

The 42-year-old mother of seven made the confession to castmate Emily Simpson, 44, after a terrifying stretch of drinking made her world come crashing down.

She told Emily that while in Miami for a party thrown by Kelly Dodd, 45, she had not stopped imbibing alcohol for four days, instead doing shots whenever she felt bad.

Season premiere: Braunwyn Windham-Burke called herself an ‘alcoholic’ who could ‘never drink again’ on the season 15 premiere Wednesday of The Real Housewives Of Orange County

‘Everyone else would end their night,’ Braunwyn recalled, as she was shown dancing on a bar. ‘And then what no one noticed…I kept drinking. So every hour, ’cause I would start to shake, I would just keep doing a shot, a shot, a shot. I was drinking so much, I was scared I was gonna die.’

Braunwyn during the episode titled An Unexpected Secret revealed that her husband Sean Burke eventually caught on and told her: ‘You’re going to rehab if you have one more drink.’

‘He didn’t know that I’d been hiding alcohol,’ she conceded. ‘I’d been refilling bottles. I’d been doing all the things that you know, that everyone does.’

Kelly threw the party for her fiancé Rick Leventhal’s 60th birthday and earlier said of Braunwyn’s behavior at the bash, ‘Listen, I’m not gonna judge because I can get hammered myself. But this was on a whole other level. This was like Blind Date with Kim Basinger.’

Drinking spree: The 42-year-old mother of seven made the confession to castmate Emily Simpson, 44, after a terrifying stretch of drinking made her world come crashing down

Drinking spree: The 42-year-old mother of seven made the confession to castmate Emily Simpson, 44, after a terrifying stretch of drinking made her world come crashing down

Constant party: Braunwyn told Emily that while in Miami for a party thrown by Kelly Dodd, 45, she had not stopped imbibing alcohol for four days, instead doing shots whenever she felt bad

Constant party: Braunwyn told Emily that while in Miami for a party thrown by Kelly Dodd, 45, she had not stopped imbibing alcohol for four days, instead doing shots whenever she felt bad

‘I have never seen Braunwyn like this,’ Kelly added.

In September, there were rumors that Braunwyn and her husband had split after she wrote an Instagram post about co-parenting, and her daughter Rowan, 17, posted ‘F***. You. Mom.’

Braunwyn responded online by writing about the challenges that families go through, asking fans for their understanding.

Opening up: Emily listened as Braunwyn opened up about her drinking problem

Opening up: Emily listened as Braunwyn opened up about her drinking problem

She cut Emily out of her life last season after she repeatedly called her on her drinking and told her that she was clearly using it to cover up discomfort in social situations.

‘She was the only one that could tell me the truth, and I wasn’t ready to hear it,’ Braunwyn reflected, as she was shown in flashback baring her breasts, and getting so drunk on a plane that she fell asleep on a strange man next to her, sinking lower and lower into his lap.

‘I just feel like it’s not the real you,’ Emily said then, at one point urging her: ‘Stop. Drinking.’

Hard truth: 'She was the only one that could tell me the truth, and I wasn't ready to hear it,' Braunwyn reflected of Emily's attempt to help her last season

Hard truth: ‘She was the only one that could tell me the truth, and I wasn’t ready to hear it,’ Braunwyn reflected of Emily’s attempt to help her last season

As she faced Emily during the season premiere, Braunwyn confessed, ‘I am very nervous right now. Like, my heart is racing.’

‘First of all, I think I need to say that I’m sorry,’ she began, her face reddening and her eyes filling with tears. ‘F***, I’m not saying any of this right. You called me out on my drinking last year. And instead of taking it to heart, I really pushed you away.’

‘Basically, I think I just got really angry at you,’ she went on. ‘And then I think I came up with reasons to be mad, ’cause that was easier.’

Heart racing: As she faced Emily during the season premiere, Braunwyn confessed, 'I am very nervous right now. Like, my heart is racing'

Apology offered: 'First of all, I think I need to say that I'm sorry,' Braunwyn began, her face reddening and her eyes filling with tears

Heart racing: As she faced Emily during the season premiere, Braunwyn confessed, ‘I am very nervous right now. Like, my heart is racing’

Braunwyn told the cameras that she’d been drinking since she was 14, when she was living with her grandfather, ‘and probably had abandonment issues from my mom or my dad.’

‘Someone handed me a warm beer, and it was a peacefulness that I’ve never felt before,’ she said. ‘I drank ’til I threw up that night, and that’s how I continued to drink for the majority of my life.’

To Emily, she admitted, ‘In my adult life, I didn’t have to deal with it, because I would just have a baby again.’

Teen drinker: 'In my adult life, I didn't have to deal with it, because I would just have a baby again,' Braunwyn admitted to Emily

Teen drinker: ‘In my adult life, I didn’t have to deal with it, because I would just have a baby again,’ Braunwyn admitted to Emily

‘And then you wouldn’t have to deal with it, because you would be pregnant and nursing,’ Emily finished for her.

‘I’m honestly scared of who I am without it,’ Braunwyn conceded. ‘It’s much easier to be the fun, crazy one than to be myself. The vulnerability part is hard for me…I don’t like it.’

Emily offered Braunwyn her support, and asked if she planned to stop drinking forever.

Offering support: Emily offered Braunwyn her support, and asked if she planned to stop drinking forever

Offering support: Emily offered Braunwyn her support, and asked if she planned to stop drinking forever

‘I don’t think I can ever drink again,’ Braunwyn said slowly. ‘And I honestly can say that that scares the s*** out of me. But yeah, it has to be forever. And forever is so long.’

She teared up in a confessional, saying, ‘Feeling things is scary. Feeling all the things is petrifying. I haven’t felt these things my whole life.’

‘I don’t know if it’s divine intervention. I don’t know. But for the first time in my life, I can say, ”My name is Braunwyn, and I’m an alcoholic”,’ she added.

Divine intervention: 'I don't know if it's divine intervention. I don't know. But for the first time in my life, I can say, ''My name is Braunwyn, and I'm an alcoholic'',' Braunwyn told the camera

Divine intervention: ‘I don’t know if it’s divine intervention. I don’t know. But for the first time in my life, I can say, ”My name is Braunwyn, and I’m an alcoholic”,’ Braunwyn told the camera

Things seemed much brighter for the whole cast as the show opened, with several of them having moved into new homes and finding new love after divorce.

Braunwyn herself had just moved into an 8,000-square-foot home in Newport Beach, California, closing on it in one day because she needed more space for her kids.

The house had its own gym, meditation room, movie theater, playground with pirate ship and a ‘nightclub’ room for blacklight dancing, which boasted a sign reading ‘Girls, girls, girls.’

Shannon Beador, 56, was her neighbor, buying a home a block away after her previous pad sold.

New neighbor: Shannon Beador, 56, was Braunwyn's neighbor, buying a home a block away after her previous pad sold

New neighbor: Shannon Beador, 56, was Braunwyn’s neighbor, buying a home a block away after her previous pad sold

She often cooked dinner there with boyfriend John Janssen, 56, whom she’d met eight months before at a karaoke bar and had spent ‘pretty much every day’ with since.

Between the two of them, they had six kids, with Shannon mother to Sophie, 18, Stella, 15, and Adeline, 15, and John father to Juliet, 25, Joe, 22, and Jessica.

‘There’s not a day that goes by where I’m not uncontrollably laughing with John,’ said Shannon, who couldn’t believe her luck after divorcing her ex, David Beador, 55.

‘If I had to wait until I was 55 years old to experience what I’m going through right now, I would do it all over again,’ she marveled, as the kids shot Silly String at each other.

New guy: The show veteran often cooked dinner there with boyfriend John Janssen, 56, whom she'd met eight months before at a karaoke bar and had spent 'pretty much every day' with since

New guy: The show veteran often cooked dinner there with boyfriend John Janssen, 56, whom she’d met eight months before at a karaoke bar and had spent ‘pretty much every day’ with since

Kelly was moving into the same neighborhood as Braunwyn and Shannon, who was initially horrified by the thought.

Braunwyn arranged a meeting between the two of them, hoping they would heal old wounds.

Kelly said she’d felt ganged up on by Shannon, Vicki Gunvalson, 58, and Tamra Judge, 53, last season, while Shannon was upset Kelly sided with ex-RHOC husband Jim Bellino, who sued her.

Candid conversation: Kelly said she'd felt ganged up on by Shannon, Vicki Gunvalson, 58, and Tamra Judge, 53, last season, while Shannon was upset Kelly sided with ex-RHOC husband Jim Bellino, who sued her

Candid conversation: Kelly said she’d felt ganged up on by Shannon, Vicki Gunvalson, 58, and Tamra Judge, 53, last season, while Shannon was upset Kelly sided with ex-RHOC husband Jim Bellino, who sued her

The two women did a tequila shot together, and Kelly gave Shannon a deck of cards from the game Uno, a funny nod to her being the only one of the Tres Amigas left on the show.

They finally made peace, with Kelly revealing that she had bought Uno cards for herself so she could play with Shannon if needed.

After her own painful 2017 divorce, Kelly was incredibly happy with her fiancé Fox news reporter Rick, whom she recently married.

Making up: Shannon was able to make up with Kelly after they finally talked things over

Making up: Shannon was able to make up with Kelly after they finally talked things over

‘With Rick, I feel youthful,’ Kelly said in a confessional. ‘I feel like I could take on the world.’

He looked ’29’ in the bedroom, she added, noting that they had sex ‘sometimes three times a day’.

Early in the show, the two of them visited the Balboa Island’s Fun Zone with Kelly’s daughter Jolie, 13.

Feeling youthful: 'With Rick, I feel youthful,' Kelly said in a confessional. 'I feel like I could take on the world'

Feeling youthful: ‘With Rick, I feel youthful,’ Kelly said in a confessional. ‘I feel like I could take on the world’

Teen daughter: Early in the show, the two of them visited the Balboa Island's Fun Zone with Kelly's daughter Jolie, 13

Going strong: Rick and Kelly recently married

Teen daughter: Early in the show, the two of them visited the Balboa Island’s Fun Zone with Kelly’s daughter Jolie, 13

They stopped in to see the psychic who once predicted Kelly would leave ex Michael Dodd and marry again, and she told them they’d become a family.

Meanwhile, Gina Kirschenheiter, 36, had also moved into a new home, in Mission Viejo, California, which she shared with new boyfriend Travis Mullen and their six kids.

‘This past year has basically been a soap opera for me,’ said Gina, who’d been stuck in a nasty divorce from husband Matt Kirschenheiter, 36, and been arrested for a DUI.

Moving on: Meanwhile, Gina Kirschenheiter, 36, had also moved into a new home, in Mission Viejo, California, which she shared with new boyfriend Travis Mullen and their six kids

Moving on: Meanwhile, Gina Kirschenheiter, 36, had also moved into a new home, in Mission Viejo, California, which she shared with new boyfriend Travis Mullen and their six kids

She had gotten a restraining order against Matt in June 2019 after a domestic violence incident, and said he had been taking anger management classes. 

Gina was so happy with Travis she’d been eating like crazy, putting on ‘love chub’ that required her to do hot yoga with Kelly to lose the weight. 

‘It’s kinda crazy how you, me and Shannon all met someone at the same time and were like, ”Oh, this is gonna be my forever person”,’ Gina told Kelly.

Love chub: Gina was so happy with Travis she'd been eating like crazy, putting on 'love chub' that required her to do hot yoga with Kelly to lose the weight

Love chub: Gina was so happy with Travis she’d been eating like crazy, putting on ‘love chub’ that required her to do hot yoga with Kelly to lose the weight

Things were even going well for Emily, as she celebrated her 11th anniversary with Shane Simpson after they hit ‘rock bottom’ last season.

‘I think it’s my fault, because I didn’t recognize that he’s a great dad and a great husband,’ she affirmed, telling Shane, ‘Happy anniversary. Thank you for being nice.’

The premiere also introduced new castmate Elizabeth Vargas, the very rich founder of Edge Music Network, whom Braunwyn called a ‘takes-no-s***’ human being.

Anniversary celebration: Things were even going well for Emily, as she celebrated her 11th anniversary with Shane Simpson after they hit 'rock bottom' last season

Anniversary celebration: Things were even going well for Emily, as she celebrated her 11th anniversary with Shane Simpson after they hit ‘rock bottom’ last season

As Braunwyn and Kelly visited her home, Elizabeth popped a champagne cork for drinks that flew into Braunwyn’s recently tightened face, making her giggle.

The Missouri native met her billionaire businessman ex Bernt Bodal while performing in dinner theater during college, and they were married for 20 years.

He later had a child with his new companion—a slap in the face to Elizabeth, she felt, as she’d wanted to have a baby with him.

New addition: The premiere also introduced new castmate Elizabeth Vargas, the very rich founder of Edge Music Network, whom Braunwyn called a 'takes-no-s***' human being

New addition: The premiere also introduced new castmate Elizabeth Vargas, the very rich founder of Edge Music Network, whom Braunwyn called a ‘takes-no-s***’ human being

Worse, her current boyfriend wouldn’t have sex with her because she was still technically married, and she was ‘horny all day long.’

Elizabeth described her background as ‘garbage-can poor,’ calling her family ‘country Hillbillies’ and explaining that she never stopped working to escape poverty.

Driving to the 10,000 square-foot property on which she was opening a dog rescue ranch, Elizabeth told her brother she would sell Edge, a streaming music business, after her divorce.

Poor background: Elizabeth described her background as 'garbage-can poor,' calling her family 'country Hillbillies' and explaining that she never stopped working to escape poverty

Poor background: Elizabeth described her background as ‘garbage-can poor,’ calling her family ‘country Hillbillies’ and explaining that she never stopped working to escape poverty

‘It’s crazy, coming from nothing,’ she mused in a confessional. ‘I’d never had anyone ever take care of me.’

‘Over the years, I just lost myself being married to my ex. My marriage influenced how I walked, how I dressed, how I talked, how big my boobs were. I just became the bobblehead wife,’ Elizabeth added.

‘I could not stand it,’ she swore. ‘I’m kind of just excited to reinvent myself. I missed me.’

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

Bobblehead wife: 'Over the years, I just lost myself being married to my ex. My marriage influenced how I walked, how I dressed, how I talked, how big my boobs were. I just became the bobblehead wife,' Elizabeth said

Bobblehead wife: ‘Over the years, I just lost myself being married to my ex. My marriage influenced how I walked, how I dressed, how I talked, how big my boobs were. I just became the bobblehead wife,’ Elizabeth said


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