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Real Housewives of Orange County star Braunwyn Windham-Burke comes out as gay: ‘Taken me 42 years to say that’

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The Real Housewives of Orange County star Braunwyn Windham-Burke has revealed she is a lesbian, making her the first-ever star in the franchise to come out as gay.The reality star opened up about her sexuality in a new interview with GLAAD, and it’s ta…

The Real Housewives of Orange County star Braunwyn Windham-Burke has revealed she is a lesbian, making her the first-ever star in the franchise to come out as gay.

The reality star opened up about her sexuality in a new interview with GLAAD, and it's taken her more than four decades to comfortably talk about it in public.

"I'm finally comfortable enough to say: I like women. I'm gay. I'm a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. I'm a lesbian," Braunwyn declared in the December 2 episode.

"And it has taken me 42 years to say that, but I'm so proud of where I am right now and I'm so happy where I am. To be able to be comfortable in my own skin after so long is just so nice."

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Braunwyn has been married for 20 years to husband Sean Burke and the couple share seven children — Bella, 20, Rowan, 18, Jacob, 15, twins Caden and Curran, seven, Koa, four, and Hazel, two. But Braunwyn said that she always knew she was "attracted to women".

"I always have been," she admitted. "I got married very young and I never thought about it. So to be 42 … I'm just now starting to feel like I'm becoming the woman I was supposed to be. So for me to be living completely authentically and say, 'I'm a lesbian. That was who I have always been.' 

"This isn't something that is new … No, I've always known it. But it took me personally 42 years to be comfortable enough in my own skin to say that." 

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For now, Braunwyn says she will remain married to Sean and they will live in the same house in Orange County, California, despite the fact she is already dating a woman named Kris. 

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"Honestly, we are in uncharted territory," Braunwyn said, adding that her kids weren't shocked at all. "I don't have a role model for this. I don't have anyone to go to for answers. So right now, we're just doing our own way. 

"You know, Sean and I are still married. I plan on staying married. We are not sleeping in the same bedroom right now, but we are in the same house. We are raising our kids together, he's my best friend. He knows the girl I'm dating.

"I mean, we go to parties together! She came over the other night, hung out with the family, had dinner with us. I mean, it's only as weird as you make it."

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