Hank Baskett Opens Up About Sex Scandal, Denies Affair With Transgender Model In New Interview
Hank Baskett and Kendra Wilkinson are speaking out about the sex scandal that almost broke up their marriage, saying Baskett never had an affair with a transgender model.
Hank Baskett Rumored Affair With Transgender Model
Baskett and Wilkinson had been married for almost five years, were parents to a son, Hank IV (affectionately called “little Hank”), and had just welcomed their second child, a daughter, Alijah, when news broke that Baskett had allegedly engaged in an affair with a transgeder model. Baskett was accused of cheating on Wilkinson when she was eight months pregnant, and his refusal to comment on the matter left the public and Wilkinson confused.
As documented on Wilkinson’s reality show, Kendra On Top, the former Playboy bunny was considering divorce, but also wanted to work on her marriage. Baskett and Wilkinson attended couples’ therapy and appeared on another reality series, Marriage Boot Camp, where their relationship problems were explored further.
Throughout all their reality appearances, Baskett has refused to be completely honest about what caused the rumors of his alleged affair, and now, a year after the story broke, the former football player is finally telling his side of the story.
Hank Baskett Denies Cheating With Transgender Model
“I messed up. I put myself in a bad situation. And everything through me brought pain upon this family,” Baskett told People in a new, revealing interview.
Baskett is now claiming that he never had an affair with a transgender model, nor did he ever cheat on Wilkinson. Baskett says he met a couple smoking marijuana in a grocery store parking lot last April and approached them to try to buy some weed. They allegedly gave him a phone number, which led him to an address. When he arrived at the home, he used the restroom and came out. “I saw something I thought I would never see in my life,” Baskett described.
According to Baskett, there were two naked transgender women making out in the house. One approached him and began to touch him through his shorts. “I froze,” Baskett claimed.
Baskett maintains that he did not actively participate in any sexual acts, adding that the inappropriate touching lasted less than a minute. “I didn’t engage in anything. 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 all I was saying was get out, get out, get out,” Baskett told the magazine.
After rumors began circulating that he had cheated on Wilkinson with a transgender model, Baskett said he was too embarrassed and ashamed to tell the truth, saying, “I was this big former football player. I was the alpha male. I could do anything to protect my family, but I couldn’t protect myself.”
Wilkinson said that, while she still feels that her husband betrayed her, she is also sensitive to his situation. “Hank was very naïve and gullible. He thinks everybody is his friend. That led him to the hell that we’ve lived,” she said.
Kendra Wilkinson Says Hank “Was Not Loyal”
“I don’t say the word ‘cheat.’ I can say he was not loyal to me. I don’t care about the act. I care about how he reacted to it and how I was told by the media what happened. That scarred me,” she added.
Wilkinson was also forgiving when a recording was released that appeared to show Baskett offering the woman money to keep her quiet. The mother of two even told the magazine that she would have done the exact same thing, calling the woman a “predator.”
As Wilkinson and Baskett continue to work on their marriage, they have also displayed a united front on social media, sharing sweet family photos and loving posts. On Father’s Day, Wilkinson shared a sweet collage of photos of Baskett and their two children, writing, “He is THE definition of a FATHER and I couldn’t thank the lord any more for him.”
There’s a special group of people who truly know about @hank_baskett and his heart. I wish there was a way for the world to see it but at the end of the day the only thing that matters are our 2 kids and how they love and appreciate their papa… Being coach of the sports teams, being involved with school events, praying with them every night before bed and simply loving every minute with them is what I get to see every day. He is THE definition of a FATHER and I couldn’t thank the lord any more for him. Happy Fathers Day @hank_baskett your babies and I love you with every beat of our hearts.
In fact, Wilkinson told People that one of the positive things to come out of the scandal has been their relationship with their children. “I’m finding the trust again. And I’m actually very happy Hank went through this now because he’s able to teach his son and his daughter what it’s like to make a mistake and what you do after making a mistake,” she said.
The couple recently celebrated their 6-year anniversary.
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