Last year, Hank Baskett and wife Kendra Wilkinson were the subject of major media frenzy surrounding his alleged affair with a transgender model while Wilkinson was still pregnant. Now, the couple are ready to reveal what really happened and how they managed to protect their relationship.
"I messed up," Baskett told People magazine. "I put myself in a bad situation. And everything through me brought pain upon this family."
On the day of the alleged events, the former football player explains he approached a couple in a grocery-store parking lot with the intention of buying pot -- they gave him a phone number to call, and when he did, he was given an address. Baskett says he arrived and asked to use the bathroom, though once he came out, he "saw something I thought I would never see in my life."
Baskett told People the person who had answered the door, a transgender woman, was outside the bathroom, nude and making out with another transgender woman. Then, that same woman approached him and fondled him through his basketball shorts. "I didn't engage in anything," he said.
The whole incident left Baskett humiliated and Wilkinson blindsided. The mother of two tells People she "went ballistic" and flushed her wedding rings down the toilet. "I couldn't control my emotions," she said.
But when her husband finally explained the entire situation with honesty, the former Playboy playmate was understanding and sympathetic. "Hank was very naïve and gullible," she said. "He thinks everybody is his friend. That led him to the hell that we've lived."
Even though the couple went through a very tough period, Wilkinson admits divorce was "not even a question."
Wilkinson told People that she was determined to work through all the issues, knowing it would be much better for their children, Hank IV, 5, and Alijah, 13 months.
"Of course everybody's going to go through tough times in life. It's how you deal with it," she said.