After weeks of speculation and rumors about the state of Kendra Wilkinson’s marriage to Hank Baskett — and an outpouring of support from fans when it became obvious that Wilkinson was going through a tough time — the Kendra On Top star has confirmed that she and her husband are splitting.
The reality star shared the news on Instagram on Friday, writing, “Today is the last day of my marriage to this beautiful man. I will forever love Hank and be open but for now we have chosen to go our own ways. I’m beyond sad and heartbroken because I did believe in forever, that’s why I said yes, but unfortunately too much fear has gotten in the way. We are both amazing parents and our kids will be happy [and] never know the difference other than seeing mama smile.”
Wilkinson and Baskett were married on June 27, 2009, at the Playboy Mansion, just weeks after announcing that they were expecting their first child together. They welcomed son Hank Baskett IV on December 11, 2009, and had their second child, Alijah Mary Baskett, on May 16, 2014.
“Sometimes love looks funny,” Wilkinson wrote in her Instagram post. “We are told to make sacrifices in life if it’s true love, well in this case it’s me. I want to see happy Hank again… I miss that. Marriage was just a piece of paper and a piece of jewelry but our hearts will always be real. U will prob see us together a lot but it’s because there’s no hate. Love wins in this case it just looks a little funny.”
She ended her message with a note to her ex: “Thank you Hank for a beautiful 8 years of marriage and 2 beautiful kids. I feel so thankful and blessed.”
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