Sounds like the worst is behind them. Kendra Wilkinson's marriage to Hank Baskett was in serious jeopardy as recently as seven months ago, but these days, the two are more loved up than ever. Us Weekly caught up with the model, 29, at the May 28 premiere party for WE tv's Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, where she gushed that she and Baskett are in a great place less than a year after his alleged affair with a transgender model.
"Our marriage is amazing right now," Wilkinson told Us. "We are working on it every single day. It's a lot of work, 24/7, but we're both willing to put that time in and really stick it through. We're both in it for the long run, and we both have goals, and they're both the same."
The Kendra on Top star credits Marriage Boot Camp, in part, with helping her work through some of her lingering trust issues with Baskett, 32, dad to Hank IV, 5, and Alijah, 12 months.
"We decided to do the show because at the time we were going through a huge marital crisis that needed to be dealt with," she explained to Us, alluding to her husband's June 2014 cheating scandal. "We were seeking therapy, but we would go home and we would have to take care of two young kids, and the focus would go back on them and never about us. So when this opportunity came to get away for two weeks, with no kids, no distractions, that is exactly what we needed at that time."
She continued: "I mean, what we were dealing with was a life?threatening crisis, a marital crisis. Yes, it was a very dangerous decision to make, to solve our problems on TV, but I'm a person that doesn't give a s–t what anybody says, so I was honestly seeking the help…Most people would be like, 'Why would you do that in front of people?' I don't look at it like that. Everybody might call it a show, but I call it therapy."
The former Playmate said she learned a lot through the experience, not just about relationships but also about herself. "I never knew what the word forgiveness meant until I did Marriage Boot Camp, and that was the key," she shared. "I thought forgiveness meant to be a slave to the other person and to give in and to give them the power. It's not about that."
In fact, it's the opposite. "Forgiveness, I learned, is about unity," she said. "Me not becoming a slave. Me having the power. Not letting anybody or anything from my past control my moment I'm in now. Marriage Boot Camp has made me an extremely strong person — a stronger person than I've ever been in my life."
It helped Baskett, too. Wilkinson has said before that the athlete was "very lost" when his alleged fling went down last spring, but she told Us on Thursday that he's "back on track" and very happy. "At the end of the day, marriage is not only loving the person, it's about caring for them as a person, as a human being," she gushed, "and that's what Hank truly deserves…I love him and I'll kill for him."
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