RHOC's Braunwyn Windham-Burke says husband Sean had another woman in 'her bed' while she was on her trip with Shari

REAL Housewives of Orange County star Braunwyn Windham-Burke revealed that her husband, Sean, had another woman in "her bed" while she was on a trip with girlfriend Shari.

The couple has been in an open marriage since last year when Braunwyn came out to her friends and family as a lesbian.

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During the second part of the reunion show, Andy Cohen brought Sean Burke out so he and Braunwyn could explain what the rules of their open marriage include.

Before explaining what the term "open" means for them, the mother of seven talked about a specific incident that led them to go to couples therapy.

At the time, Braunwyn had developed an "emotional relationship" with Shari, whom fans met towards the end of the season.

She said: "She was the one who kept me sober, she became the first person that would talk me through it when I freaked out.

"I'm with my best friend and I'm falling in love with her. She asked me to leave him for her."

When Gina Kirschenheiterasked if Shari was also a lesbian, Braunwyn told her no and explained that "just they had a thing," that was not physical.


"I wasn't ready to leave Sean and she left, he flew out. When he was there, we had a very amazing talk," Braunwyn revealed as she told him that she wanted to date women but still wanted to be married to him.

"So we flew home from this trip and I'm sitting in my bedroom and my nanny comes in crying and tells me she has to tell me something.

"So he had had someone else there while I was on my trip. She had been in my home, been in my bed, met my baby – and I didn't take it well, because even though we had this 'Ok, we're gonna start doing this,' the fact that he didn't tell me during our conversation…"

She continued: "So we just kinda started going to therapy and sitting down and saying, 'what do we want?'

This new information comes just a few weeks after Sean was spotted making out with another woman, while Braunwyn dates her current girlfriend, Kris, who is 28 years old.

A source close to the couple told Us Weekly the husband and wife are BOTH dating.

The insider said: “Both are allowed to date people and are happy!” 

Braunwyn, 43, confirmed to the publication that her husband Sean, 47, has been seeing other women since she came out as a lesbian. 

Sean is believed to have a new girlfriend after he was spotted having an intimate lunch with an unnamed woman in Newport Beach on December 28. 

According to DailyMail.com, an eyewitness who saw the pair said Sean appeared “smitten” with the woman.

The source divulged: “He was with this girl making out, he was grabbing her a** and he was really handsy. They were very up against each other, hanging out.”

Sean had previously admitted that he finds it "hard" that his wife is dating outside of their marriage.


During an Instagram Q&A, a fan inquired if "Sean [is] hurt with you having a girlfriend?," he responded: "Yeah! It kinda sucks. This is hard, figuring it out. But yeah, it's sad."

In December Braunwyn, 42, revealed in an interview that she was gay.

Wearing a purple dress and rainbow earrings the reality TV star said: "It's been something that everyone knows has been coming but I'm now comfortable enough to say that I like women, I'm gay! I'm a member of the LGBTIA+ community. I am a lesbian.

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


The mom of seven talked about how during the last season of RHOC, people had a lot to say after she and Tamra Judge locked lips.

At the time, a producer asked her if "it was a drunken mistake or if it was who she was," and she said that it was who she was.

"So when I went to the reunion last year, I began baby-stepping. 'This is who I am, I like women.' And kinda testing the waters with my cast, my friends, my family and it was very well received," she explained.

"No one really batted an eye, so I'm like this is something that I've kept to myself, feeling almost a sense of shame over it."

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