Following the shocking revelation that Kendra Wilkinson’s husband of five years, Hank Baskett, cheated on her with a transsexual model, the 29-year-old has been leaning on close family members for support. But in an exclusive interview with Star, Kendra’s mom, Patti, reveals that, in a bid to boost ratings for her reality show Kendra on Top, the mom of 4-year-old son Hank and 3-month-old daughter Alijah has placed fame above family.
You feel that Kendra continues to hurt and disrespect you. What happened?
Our relationship was on the mend. After news of Hank’s affair broke, I was there for Kendra the second she needed me. I drove up to her place and got to spend time with my grandchildren. I told her that me and her brother Colin were here for her. It felt like old times, but then things took a turn. She just stopped talking to me.
It was like a switch flipped. Word got out that she’d flushed her wedding ring down the toilet, and she thought that I had leaked it to the press — which I didn’t! I told her that it had to have been someone in her inner circle, but she didn’t believe me. She became very short with me and began pushing me a way again. As a mom, I feel really used. I’ve asked her, “Why do you hate me?” and she doesn’t have an answer.
How do you feel about her recent reunion with her father, Eric?
A friend of mine saw online that Kendra and Hank were in Costa Rica with the kids, and I instantly knew that she went to see her dad. Kendra and Hank are all about ratings, so I knew they went there with a planned storyline where, because of hank’s infidelity, Kendra felt it was important to reconnect with her estranged dad.
She never told you where she was going?
No. Just days before, I was picking her up off the floor, and now she can’t even tell me that she’s going to see her father, who left us — not to mention that she went with a guy who cheated on her with a tranny. The whole thing is beyond absurd to me.
What sent you over the edge?
Kendra sent me a text on her way back from Costa Rica saying that she and her dad were going to have a clean slate and that it was so beautiful watching little Hank play in the ocean with his grandfather. That did it for me. I’ve invited Kendra and the kids down to San Diego so many times, but she refuses to come. The fact that she would go see the father who left her when she was a kid — after I dropped everything to stand by her side –killed me. It’s a huge slap in the face.
Do you think they filmed the show in Costa Rica?
They definitely did. The real problem I have with all this is that Kendra didn’t invite her brother, Colin, to go with her. If this was such a monumental trip to build a personal relationship with your dad, why wouldn’t you bring your little brother with you? It doesn’t add up to me.
Why do you think Kendra had Hank go? Has she forgiven him?
I honestly don’t know. At this point, I’m not even sure if the tranny scandal was real. Those two are so caught up in the show. It’s all Kendra thinks about. It’s disgusting, especially when you are hurting your own mother. I’m there for you when you need me the most, and this is how you pay me back? By sneaking your kids off to meet your dad and just forgetting to mention it to me? I don’t think I deserve that?
So you think the transsexual aspect could be a setup?
I wouldn’t be surprising if it was. The last time I was with her, I thought Kendra and Hank were done for good. Now he’s moved back in, and they are filming together and taking trips. All i know is, I can’t do this anymore. I love my kids more than anything, but when a television show becomes more important than your relationship with your mother, it’s time to realize that your priorities are messed up.
REPORTING BY: LINDSAY FARBER