Kendra Wilkinson talks about being “separated” from her husband Hank


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.

Photo by: AJM/AAD/ 2010  10/30/10 Kendra Wilkinson hosts a Halloween Party at LAX Nightclub at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. (Las Vegas, Nevada)  Photo via Newscom

Photo by: AJM/AAD/ 2010  10/30/10 Kendra Wilkinson hosts a Halloween Party at LAX Nightclub at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. (Las Vegas, Nevada)  Photo via Newscom

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  1. bellaluna says:

    Mu husband is currently on the road, learning his new trade – driving big rigs all over the country.

    It sucks, it’s lonely, and the baby and I both miss him terribly. But it’s also what needs to be done so we can move out of this crap-hole we live in; move to a better area; afford to survive/support our family and be together again once his skill set has developed.

    When military men and women from our country leave their families to fight wars (real or implied), I hardly think I have the right to complain about missing my husband. It’s not like he’s halfway around the world engaged in combat.

  2. Sumodo1 says:

    The Life & Style story was a no-brainer they could have put together from old quotes.

    Kendra may have odd values, but her support system IS on the West Coast.

  3. fancyamazon says:

    But she gets more attention in LA!! Don’t forget, that trumps everything else!

  4. Scribe says:

    Wow! That is an adorable baby!

  5. Schnauzers!!! says:

    Listen, if I could have moved across the world to be with my deployed husband, I would have. How stupid to move from your HOME to LA when you could just get a temporary home/apartment in Minnesota. What a selfish girl. There HAS to be more to the story…I don’t know anything about her personally, but I think any supportive wife would want to be with her husband.

  6. devilgirl says:

    I just don’t get why she is so opposed to moving. If baby Hank were in school, I could see her frustration.

    Also, women who marry athletes should expect that their husbands are not always going to be playing for the same team and that moves are part of the job. You don’t like it? Marry an accountant or go back to Hefner’s crypt.

    She didn’t seem to be missing Hank so much around Halloween, hosting parties and such.

  7. bros says:

    why is she acting like this is at all in the realm of necessary? she has no job except being filmed by cameras while she goes about her daily life, which is feasible anywhere. what the hell is her problem, keeping the baby and dad apart so she can have better weather and extensions in LA? what support system does she need as a rich mother of 1 child with no other discernible job duties except taking care of her only child?!?! im sure there is enough for a cook and a nanny/housekeeper if she is that inept that she cant do housework…this makes absolutely no sense to me and is terrible to not let her son be around his dad for no particular reason other than that MN isnt cool and vapid enough for her.

  8. LeManda says:

    I’d like to see more Hank Jr. pictures. Preferably without him wearing lipstick though. He’s ADORABLE!!!!!!!

  9. Jakie says:

    That story is just a crock of crap. They have all kinds of money, she could move with him to be with him. My husband is in the Army and when he deployed to Iraq, it was a “real” seperation. I could not go with him & he was in a war. I don’t feel sorry for someone who tries to do the old woe is me. She knew what he did when she married him & football players make a whole heck of a lot more money than the military.

  10. chasingadalia says:

    Are we sure that child is a boy? Holy makeup!

  11. devilgirl says:

    I have to comment on that photo of Speidi-LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!

  12. Sassy says:

    Ridiculous. She has no business complaining about being “separated” from her husband. Gah.

    And her baby is adorable, but did they put makeup on him and/or photoshop him?

  13. Karen says:

    This story is sh*t. My friend is married to a pro athlete and when he was traded from the city they met and married in, she followed him to the new city with their newborn baby. Yes, it was difficult when he was on the road every other week but at least they were together as a family after practice and on off-days. They all would move back to their original city at the end of the season.

    My friend doesn’t have the same earnings as Hank & Kendra, but she chose to move with her husband to keep her family together. Kendra figures that since Hank will be kept busy with practice, meetings and getting athletic therapist treatments each day, she might as well soak up some spotlight. She is clearly addicted to the limelight and is terrified of being washed up and out of the public’s mind forever. Sheesh! Family values…gotta love it!

  14. mamalama says:

    Contraty to what many people think, there are LOTS of places worse than the Twin Cities where she could be living…you know, we have indoor plumbing, heat, cable TV, all that good stuff you get on the coasts. I think the real issue is that there’s no way she could be showing the girls and gams that much here in the winter – they’d freeze and fall right off. And if she can’t be showing the goods, she doesn’t have much of a career, does she?! My heart bleeds.

  15. Jeri says:

    So much for “better of worse”…

    More like, “until i get tired of it.”

  16. dj says:

    Beautiful baby!

  17. hatuh says:

    Military men join the military knowing that they might be deployed. It’s also a choice. Yeah, they’re doing it for a different reason and for a whole, whole lot less money, but it’s still a choice.

  18. jm says:

    Yawn. Who is she again and why is she famous?

  19. Ladee says:

    The reason she didnt relocate is because they couldn’t get filming permits out there. I don’t know what Hank’s salary is, but I do know football careers are short. I understand why she made the decision to move back/stay in LA to continue to film her show. She needs to make sure she stacks her bread…..and um….she has a right to miss her husband.

  20. Hautie says:

    First of all… that baby is too cute.

    And contrary to alot of thoughts here… men who play football only do it well without a drama prone wife.

    I suspect Kendra needs attention 24/7 which he can’t do right now. He is probably desperate to get into the groove with being traded to a new team after the season started.

    And her constant whining would screw with his ability to dedicated to learning a whole new team/play book.

    Kendra likes all the hustle of LA and she would be smart to maintain her separate income. If anything just for security.

    Football is over for most of the league within the next two months. So the time apart is not that long.

  21. Marjalane says:

    No, not one ounce of sympathy. There are A LOT of us who are “away from our support systems”. A LOT of us have had to move across the country for a spouse’s job, or our own. There are A LOT of us who had to figure out how to raise our children with a husband who travels and a family that was thousands of miles away, A LOT of us who didn’t have the fucking luxury of enough money in the bank to go and see that family whenever we felt like it, or the ability to PAY for outside help. So you know what? Kendra can take her whiney crocodile tears and admit to the world that she’s an immature fame whore that misses the attention of Hollywood, and she’s shallow enough to bail on her husband so she can return to it.

    I really have no patience for people like this- Kendra Wilkinson ain’t nobody special and needs to shut the hell up.

  22. hanh says:

    No where does it say the wife has to always dump her life and move around with her husband to follow him on his job. Kendra already moved once for him and now she’s looking for something more stable for Hank Jr.

    Her husband is going to be traveling alot anyway, so why move to MN if he’s not going to be around? And when he’s in the off season, he can join them in LA.

    Kendra’s support system is in LA and this provides a more stable home life for the family and allows her to pursue her own career.

  23. BReed says:

    this is the beginning of the end…”she wants to live her OWN life”….she is an attention addict which overrides everything else….very unfortunate for her husband who seems to really love her.

  24. Leticia says:

    She is selfish and dumb. But he must have known this prior to marrying her.

  25. Eileen says:

    @bellaluna SO true.

    Plus she knew this was his job-and what exactly is she doing now where she has to be in LA? Go live with him if you miss him.

  26. MuMu says:

    She’s just afraid that she will be forgotten the minute she steps outside of her Hollywood fame bubble. This woman is all about the fame. She’s as selfish as it gets. And the fact that she wants people to feel sorry for her? Pfffft.

  27. MrsOdie2 says:

    “Hefner’s crypt.” AH HAHAHAHAHAHA! Rad.

  28. roguesiren says:

    You can’t make a trick into a housewife. Whatever happened to for better or worse? All she knows is to strip, pose for Playboy and flash her boobs. Kendra can’t even put a complete sentence together without messing it up. I give her another six months before she splits for good from Hank. I always knew she was not cut out for the type of wife Hank believed she would become after having a kid. He probably thought when he met her that she would be Mrs Baskett and bake brownies. Not gonna happen.

  29. Moreaces says:

    That baby is beautiful,

  30. jc126 says:

    Look at that pic on the side of Heidi and Spencer – HILARIOUS.

  31. Tazina says:

    A superficial complaint. Has she ever lived in the real world? Cry me a river.

  32. Spring says:

    My problem is with her calling herself a SINGLE PARENT.

    What a twit.

    He’s just in a different state, for pity’s sake, and BY HER CHOICE.

    My husband’s deployed to Afghanistan. Sure I’m alone with our two kids, but it doesn’t make me a single parent any more than visiting France makes me French.

    It makes a mockery of the truly hard realities that so many -real- single parents face, too.

    Wow is she annoying.

  33. Heavenbound says:

    She has the face of a Ferret, how do these ugly no- talent-ho’s get famous? … Snooki, I’m talking to you!

  34. Amanda says:

    boooo-hooooooo “one bedroom hotel room” waaahhhhhh!!!!

  35. kelBear says:

    I don’t blame her. I wouldn’t want to be in Minnesota either since you have people like Brett Favre lurking around.

  36. aenflex says:

    That baby is so cute!

  37. kas says:

    You really have to love the E! Promo for her show: “I WANT TO LIVE MY LIFE FOR ME!”

    That is quite clear, my dear.

  38. craigc says:

    attention-starved moron…

  39. theoriginalsisterkitty says:

    I thought it was sweet that she misses her husband. I don’t think she was wrong to move back to LA. They aren’t going to play home games in Minnesota all season. He has to travel around anyway. A part of marriage is your extended family. If both g-parents, aunts and cousins are in LA then it makes sense to make a home there. I am close to my parents and my in laws and I want my children to be close with them also. I don’t think she is selfish at all but providing a stable home for her son.

  40. Dilettante says:

    OK, I live in MN and it’s not -2 at Thanksgiving. It’s only in the 50s now. Sheesh. And it’s a great place to live, esp if you have kids. Saying that, I’d probably go to LA too…

  41. Jacqueline says:

    doesnt surprise me

  42. Meanchick says:

    Single parent? That’s a slap-in-the-face to REAL single parents! Her husband is making a living, heck, SOMEBODY’s gotta pay for the implants! She is a spoiled, clueless, attention-starved, bubble headed twat!

  43. TG says:

    MN is an awesome state and has quite a cosmopolitan feel if you are ever in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area at least. I think Kendra is tired of moving around because her husband’s career isn’t very secure. She thought she was getting a superstar and ended up with less than that.

    I would move to MN in a heartbeat and in fact plan to one day when I can get my career in line.

  44. mymy says:

    She did not have to pick up and move with him once, She did it 3 times, She was very pro when it looked like they would be setting down some roots. It hasn’t turned out that way. It is temporary. So no use trying to get a house and make friends. She is doing the right thing. It looks like Hank career is a serious of moves to what team will have him. When and if he get a permanent job I am sure she will reconsider. My goodness people. Relax and stop with all the attacks.

  45. ReallyRosie says:

    Yes joining the Military is a choice. Marrying Military is also a choice. But we do not always have the choice to be able to move with our spouses. Not many people acknowledge the hardships we face and the sacrifices we make. Just because we made this choice, does not mean that we are not allowed to communicate with other people regarding the hardships of those choices. I think we deserve more respect than having “Well that was your choice” thrown in our faces. It is like kicking us when we are already down. People like us see Kendra’s situation and reaction a lot differently than others. I think that was just trying to be expressed.

    Thank you Military Spouses! Thank you for YOUR service!

  46. sickofit says:

    please, he might be even happy to not have her around 24/7… i understand that shes trying to make a career out of nothing. but that single parent thing? thats just ridicule.
    why is she not going to college? that would be a real surprise on the show.

  47. Kim says:

    Oh please! She knew he was a pro ball player who would get traded and they would have to move ALOT when she married him. She just wants to have her cake (be in LA free to party w out husband) and eat it to (husband).

  48. Kim says:

    HILARIOUS how the magazine title reads “Why I left Hank” then wen you reaa article she simply “left” him in another state to play football while she is in LA. They are still together & still married. Totally purposely misleading so People by the magazine.

  49. juicyjackie says:

    I remember reading they moved home 5 times in 18 months, it must be hard with all that stuff, a baby and post natal depression. Sometimes lonliness can be overwhelming and she is prone to depression, I guess not all decisions are about money right?

  50. Kim says:

    Kendra you are not a single mother. What an insult to your mother who did raise you without a husbands football salary. Its also an insult to her child to say she is “single.” Unless they are divorcing – thats probably coming soon.

  51. citmyway says:

    OMG, the baby is sooooo CUTE!!! However I couldn’t help but notice how STUPID Spencer and Heidi look! I’m GLAD they are broke b/c people as stupid as they are don’t deserve fame or the $10 million they blew.

  52. Leah says:

    She has the worst smile in the history of mouths. That is all.

  53. grouchypete says:

    yes Hatuh, I chose to join the military. I guess Hank was forced into playing football?

  54. elvisgrace says:

    I didn’t even read the post…I just got sucked in by the baby on the splash page. Good Lord, that baby is gorgeous, and you just KNOW that in 20 years he will be a total heartbreaker.

  55. Cakes says:

    Yes I did make the choice to marry my military husband, and move from my home and family to his duty station, and to have his baby. My hubby is leaving for a tour of duty two months after our baby is born. I have no family here and I got real lucky to have the friends I have. Is it hard…oh absolutely! But does it compare to the struggles of being a single parent with no support from the babys father? Not at all.
    Kendra just looks weak. She needs to “grow a pair” and just suck it up. Its not about her anymore, its about her family and whats best for THEM.

  56. Confuzzle says:

    Why does anyone care what this prostitute does?

  57. anti says:

    she’s insulting true “single parents”.

    it is certainly not the same.

  58. MissyA says:

    Perhaps I’m biased being an Upper-Midwest girl, but the Twin Cities are awesome! Minneapolis especially. I don’t understand the bitching when he’s only going to be gone three months, if that. *smirk* (Heh – sorry Vikes. I like ya’ll but I hate your quarterback. 😉

    I’d like to echo support to all the real single mamas and military wives out there. Tear this twit apart, ladies!

  59. Brielle says:

    She’s a “single parent” and has time to go to Halloween parties dressed like that!!! GTFOH

  60. albeli says:

    As someone who was actually a single mom for several years, I find her labeling herself one when she’s not kind of offensive.

    Spoiled famewhore.

  61. Sunnyjyl says:

    @Hanh, I’m with you. She should be where her support system is until they know for sure if Hank is going to stay with that team. They don’t even have a home in the new city. Pro players live their job. He can come home to her and the baby this year. If this team sticks then, they can set up house closer to the job.

  62. KO says:

    Did they seriously photoshop the baby?

  63. donna says:

    I hate people that get married make families and just quit . WTH? what happened to comitment, for better or worse, people make me sick!

  64. lucy2 says:

    What a moron – she will say and do anything to stay in the spotlight.
    She may not want to live there, but tough! – it’s only for a few months out of the year, they rest of the time they can live and film their dumb show in LA. A lot of athlete’s do that, split their time in the on/off season. And she knew that going in, it’s not like this is a new career for him.

    She’s robbing her husband of precious time with their child, and vice versa – I think that’s really unfair. And I think it’s really insulting to true single mothers and other parents who don’t have the options she does.

  65. The Bobster says:

    How is being a silicone-inflated ho a “career”?

    And why is the boy wearing lipstick?

  66. Nikkidees says:

    WOW!! What a crybaby! As of this article I am no longer a fan of her. What about us military spouses and our children? Our significant others are gone for months at a time! My son and I haven’t seen my husband in 4 months and treasure what little bit of phone time we get with him. SHE made the choice to move! Hell if it was safe I would happily move my ass to the desert to be with my husband. We don’t have their millions and we make it work! Many families know the TRUE meaning of sacrifice! So sorry she will have to spend Christmas in a hotel to see her husband. Many of us don’t have that choice.

  67. LT says:

    What Michael K over at Dlisted said regarding this is spot on. Oh booo hooo Kendra.

    PS adorable baby but looks like a girl.

  68. bellaluna says:

    As the daughter of an Officer and the ex-wife of an en-listed man, I have no sympathy for her.

    We have no choice when or where our fathers/husbands go – shut up and deal or walk away, weak woman.

  69. Maybelle says:

    Being married to a professional athlete is harder than people realize – especially when kids are in the picture. While Kendra could move to Minnesota to be with Hank his training and playing schedule would still leave her alone all the time. With a young baby around I am sure Kendra needs to be around people she can trust and moving frequently can be emotionally devastating for some people. I am sure moving back to LA was a hard decision for her, but in her situation I may have done the same myself. If you’re born and raised in Minnesota its not a hard place to live. If you’re not, it’s pretty rough. The cold alone is torturous. And Minneapolis is a beautiful city, but not necessarily one where it’s easy to find a place to fit into and make new friends. I think people are being too hard on her because they don’t appreciate the difficulties of her situation. Being “RICH” doesn’t fix everything.