Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett Getting Divorced: Here’s Why They Split Up

Kendra Wilkinson became well-known in the middle of the 2000s at 19 after appearing as one of Hugh Hefner’s live-in girlfriends on E’s “The Girls Next Door,” which aired from 2005 to 2009. (via IMDb). And appearing on the show would alter her life in ways she would not have anticipated.

Kendra met Hank Baskett, who would later become her husband and the father of her children, at a 2008 Playboy golf tournament. Hank Baskett was a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles at the time. Nine years after they first met, Kendra wrote a heartfelt remark for a now-deleted Instagram picture. “We met that day on the golf course and knew he was mine,” she wrote.

Kendra moved out of the Playboy Mansion to pursue her relationship with Hank just a year later, the same year the program ended. The two were married at the Playboy Mansion, a place Kendra was quite familiar with, in June 2009.

Nearly ten years after they first met, the couple divorced in 2018 after openly discussing their significant personal issues. What was the proverbial straw that finally broke the camel’s back? Everything we know about Hank and Kendra’s divorce is detailed below. Also, You can check out more related articles given below:

Soon After Hank and Kendra Began Dating, They Got Married

From August 2005 through December 2009, “The Girls Next Door” aired on. Even though Kendra Wilkinson, Hugh Hefner’s third girlfriend, left towards the end of the fifth season—according to IMDb, the episode when she moves out—it didn’t take long to find a new man, Hank Baskett.

The two reportedly started dating in 2008. Kendra acknowledged their relationship on “Chelsea Lately.” The couple became engaged a month later, and seven months after their wedding, they revealed they were expecting their first child together. Less than a year and a half after the first meeting, on June 27, 2009, Kendra and Hank exchanged wedding vows at the Playboy Mansion.

Kendra and Hank divorce
Kendra and Hank divorce

They Slept in Different Bedrooms Because of Her Sadness

In her memoir “Being Kendra: Cribs, Cocktails, and Getting My S*xy Back,” published in 2011, Kendra Wilkinson describes how she went from living the opulent Playboy lifestyle to settling down with her husband, Hank Baskett, and having their son, Hank Baskett Jr., while Hank was a professional football player.

Before the publication of Kendra’s memoir, InTouch Weekly ran an interview with her in which she discussed her marital issues with Hank and her battle with depression. “I felt like I was in a black hole,” she recalled. “I had so much anger inside. I’d lock myself in my closet to cry and scream.”

A few years into their marriage, Kendra and Hank briefly started sleeping in different bedrooms. The young couple began discussing possible separation as a result of this. Sadly, this marked their marriage’s beginning and the end.

2014 Brought Attention to Hank’s Alleged Cheating Incident

It was no secret that Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett had their fair share of problems during the early years of their marriage.

But in 2014, the revelation that Hank allegedly paid for a s*xual encounter with transgender model Ava Sabrina London shattered their world. In an interview with the Daily Mail, she discussed her interactions with Hank when his wife and daughter Alijah were expecting their second child.

On “Kendra On Top,” her WE tv reality series that aired for six seasons, Kendra confronted her husband about the cheating scandal while she was eight months pregnant.

A year later, in 2015, Hank opened up to People to share his story regarding London. “I didn’t engage in anything,” he said. “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 I was saying, ” Get out, get out.”

Kendra opined: “Hank was very naïve and gullible. He thinks everybody is his friend. That led him to the hell that we’ve lived.”

They Didn’t Seem to Benefit From Their Reality TV Appearances

In addition to appearing on “Kendra on Top” from 2012 until 2017 (according to IMDb), Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett also joined WE tv’s “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” to advance their reality TV careers.

One YouTube video from 2015 illustrates the hurt both of them were going through at the time, and the show also showed how the media attention was damaging their relationship.

“Waking up day in and day out, the scrutiny from everyone,” Hank said in a confessional with Kendra. “The pain that you [Kendra] go through … I ain’t going to lie, I’m scared to death. But I know that soon that pain is going just to come out. I know it’s going to feel good. I know it is.”

Though their supposed intention was to repair their marriage on the show, there was also plenty of drama. In another confessional clip, Hank gets visibly upset with his wife, saying: “You’re telling me to stand up and fight, and I’m trying to get away…” But Kendra cuts him off and says, “Don’t be mad. Women won’t like you.” He then walks off and says, “F*** interviews.”

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Finally, Kendra and Hank Decided to Split Up

According to Life & Style, Kendra Wilkinson made a vulnerable social media post just before she and her husband, Hank Baskett, filed for divorce in April 2018 after nine years of ups and downs.

She told followers in a now-deleted Instagram post, “I did everything I could. It wasn’t good enough. I will always love him and my heart will always remain open to him. I believed him forever. I did. Guess it’s just not meant to be. I’m scared, but I have to get strong for my kids. I will.”

Years after their divorce was finalized, Kendra opened up in 2021 about co-parenting with Hank, saying, “time helps all.”

Kendra has undergone a remarkable metamorphosis. She has shifted her professional focus to real estate. She is the star of her own Discovery Plus series, “Kendra Sells Hollywood,” which follows her as she balances parenthood and work. Kendra discussed her journey exclusively with The List.

Hank, who retired from the NFL in 2011, currently collaborates with the gaming company HBCustoms on video games. And based on his Instagram, he is still a dedicated father.

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