The Real Housewives Of Orange County star Braunwyn Windham-Burke and her girlfriend Victoria Brito have parted ways after less than a year together. Sources claim that the two of them decided to part ways earlier this week.
Sources claim that one of the main reasons for the breakup was that long distance was straining their relationship. Along with that, it was proving difficult to match their work schedules.
Sources also told a news outlet that the couple decided to break up while Brito was on a work trip in Mexico and Windham-Burke was in Orange County, California. The fact that Brito lived in New York City was another factor that impacted the decision.
Coming Out As Gay
In December of 2020, Braunwyn Windham-Burke came out a lesbian. She said, “I like women, I am gay”. Furthermore, she said that “It has taken me 42 years to say that but I am so proud of where I am right now. I’m so happy where I am. To be able to be comfortable in my own skin after so long is just so nice.”
Windham-Burke and her husband Sean Burke are longtime supporters of the LGBTQ+ community. They have been married together for over 20 years. The couple did live apart briefly the year she came out, but they did not have any plans to part ways. The two of them have seven children together.
About her marriage, she accepted that this was “uncharted territory” and that she “planned on staying married”. Furthermore, she explained, “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.”
She said that she was never really attracted to men and that she became aware of her sexuality when she kissed her RHOC costar Tamra Judge.
Struggling With The Breakup
Windham-Burke started dating Brito in November 2021 after being spotted together on a beach with a full PDA show. Their relationship started out strong, but long-distance became a reason for them to part ways.
Although Windham-Burke and Brito were not together for a long time, the breakup hit her hard. The couple kept their relationship fairly private, although Windham-Burke mentioned that her family and girlfriend often spent time together.
The RHOC star took to Instagram to share her feelings with her followers. She shared a post about going through “hard times” and “trials”.
“When I got sober, I thought, ‘OK, now I’m not gonna drink and everything is gonna be easy,’” she shared via her stories. “Every time I think it can’t get worse, it does,” she confessed.
Windham-Burke also struggled with being sober and wondered “When does it end? I do have these moments like ‘I didn’t get sober for this to be this hard’”.
However, she lightened the mood by sharing that she laughs about her pain and reminds others that they are not alone. The California native concluded her rant by saying that “I am not gonna drink”.
To take her mind off of the breakup, she went for a “mani pedi time” with her 4-year-old daughter Hazel.