Remember last year, when headlines blared that Hank Baskett had cheated on Kendra Wilkinson with a transgender woman while she was pregnant with their daughter? If you’ve been following Hank and Kendra, between the next season of their reality TV show ‘Kendra On Top’ and then their appearance on ‘Celebrity Marriage Boot Camp,’ then you haven’t been able to forget: it’s been the focus of both shows! Now they’re opening up about the whole scandal to People.
Hank seemed to take full responsibility.
I messed up. I put myself in a bad situation. And everything through me brought pain upon this family.”
So here’s what Hank said happened: he saw a couple smoking pot in a grocery store parking lot, approached them to buy some pot, and they gave him a card with a number on it. He called the number and was given an address. When he went to the address (does this sound like a lot of trouble to buy some marijuana?), he used the restroom, and when he finished, he came out to see two transgender women making out. One of the women approached Hank and fondled him through his shorts.
I didn’t engage in anything. It was like a bank robbery. You never know when you’ll freeze. I don’t know if it was a couple of seconds or 15 seconds, because all I was saying was get out, get out, get out.”
He denied engaging in mutual masturbation, as the transgender model claimed they did. So Hank kinda takes responsibility for the whole thing.
Hank said it was a difficult position to be in.
I was this big former football player. I was the alpha male. I could do anything to protect my family but I couldn’t protect myself.”
Kendra didn’t know any of this had occurred until the headlines broke, and she admitted that she “went ballistic,” flushing her wedding rings down the toilet.
I couldn’t control my emotions.”
Once Hank explained what happened, however, Kendra made the decision to stand by him.
Hank was very naïve and gullible. He thinks everybody is his friend. That led him to the hell that we’ve lived.”
She said she doesn’t consider him a cheater.
I don’t say the word ‘cheat.’ I can say he was not loyal to me. I don’t care about the act. I care about how he reacted to it and how I was told by the media what happened. That scarred me.”
How about the audiotape that later surfaced of Hank offering the transgender woman money for her silence? Kendra defends his actions.
I wouldn’t have pi**ed off that predator either. I would have said, ‘I’ll give you the world, please don’t ruin my life.'”
Hank also explained why he stayed quiet at first.
It’s hard to defend yourself when people are making up lies. You never know what someone is going to make up [next].”
Now Hank and Kendra are moving on. She said:
I’m finding the trust again. And I’m actually very happy Hank went through this now because he’s able to teach his son and his daughter what it’s like to make a mistake and what you do after making a mistake.”
As for Hank, he sounded relieved to be free of his secret.
I have a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. I feel extremely free.”
They certainly sound like they’ve weathered quite a storm, haven’t they? I’m glad they worked through this for the sake of their kids!
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