Braunwyn Windham-Burke believes that the COVID-19 pandemic “separated” the Real Housewives of Orange County cast. Production for Season 16 screeched to a halt when lockdown orders were issued throughout California, last March.
Braunwyn’s co-star, Kelly Dodd, was later slammed by viewers for controversial Instagram commentary on the crisis, and invited more criticism when she wore a “Drunk Wives Matter” hat for her bridal bash.
Braunwyn recently spoke to Digital Spy about the divide that splintered the cast over the course of the shutdown.
“I have a lot of thoughts on [Kelly],” Braunwyn said. “I’m saving most of them for the reunion, but Kelly and I are diametrically opposed right now with our ideology. I think everyone knows that.”
“I have to say that the pandemic separated us, physically, but I didn’t know how much it was going to drive us apart. It’s been very hard to keep my mouth shut. Part of the thing you do when you’re on this show is you let the story play out for the viewers,” she added.
“I’m keeping my opinions to myself for now, but watch the reunion. Because yeah, I have a lot of thoughts,” the reality star teased.
Braunwyn also revealed that she has been on the outs with the entire cast, since filming wrapped.
“Right now, I’m not speaking to any of my cast. And, you get to see how that all happens. 2020 is the most transformative year of my life,” she explained. “I let the cameras into some really real, raw moments. You come on a journey for me that I think is going to help a lot of people. I know it is.
“When you start changing sometimes, not everyone is comfortable with [it]. You go through a big period of growth, and it made a lot of the women uncomfortable. And that’s okay,” she noted.
“I’m very happy with where I’m at right now,” Braunwyn concluded. “You don’t have to support me, but get out of my way.”
The Real Housewives of Orange County airs on Wednesdays at 9 pm, ET, on Bravo.