When I saw this week’s Kendra Wilkinson-separation story on Life & Style cover this morning, I thought “Wow, they’re really milking this dumb fake separation story for all it’s worth.” Now that I’ve read Life & Style’s excerpt, I still think that, but I understand a little bit more why it’s a “story”. They got an interview with Kendra, and she talks about the hard time she’s having being (temporarily) separated from Hank Baskett. Now… she and Hank didn’t “split up” or file for separation or anything. Hank is just moving around to different cities for work, and Kendra had enough and so she moved back to LA:
Kendra Wilkinson’s life has been turned upside down ever since husband Hank Baskett was dropped by the Philadelphia Eagles and signed to the Minnesota Vikings. Now, Kendra sits down with Life & Style, to discuss her heart breaking decision to take son, 11-month–old Hank, back to LA—alone.
“Not having Hank around hurts,” Kendra tells Life & Style. “Moving across the country by myself makes me think of my own mom who raised me and my brother alone. Hank’s not going to be there forever, but with him not physically here, I’m a single parent now.”
With Hank so far away, Kendra felt most at home on the West Coast. “I fit in well in Philly, and I could relate to all the people, but the West Coast is my home. This is where all my family and friends are.”
Hank’s decision to sign with the Minnesota Vikings — and spend time away from his family— resulted in a screaming match with his exasperated wife. “It hurt a lot,” Kendra tells Life & Style. “When Hank left I felt lonely. He’s my everything. Nobody else can really fill that loneliness.”
She admits there’s been a lot of tears throughout this time.
“We cry. It’s hard, and we aren’t ashamed to cry.”
But thanks to her family and Hank’s, she has a big support system to turn to for help. Still, there’s no substitute for being together with her husband.
“I’m going to go back to the minus-2-degree weather to spend Thanksgiving, baby Hank’s 1st birthday and Christmas in a small one bedroom hotel room with my husband and son. That’s all that matters to me.”
[From Life & Style]
Not to sound heartless, but if it’s so painful to be without Hank, why not just move to Minnesota with him? I’m suggesting this knowing that Kendra and Hank have millions in the bank – it’s not a situation where they have two competing careers and they NEED to be in two different cities. Kendra’s career is as a reality star now, right? She can do that anywhere, and part of the “fun” would be to see her try to assimilate in a new a city.
Cover courtesy of Jezebel.