RHOC’s Gina Kirschenheiter Explains Why She’s No Longer Friends With Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Denies it Has to Do With Her Sobriety, Reacts to Her Potential Exit From Show and Says Vicki and Tamra’s Exits Were “Needed”

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RHOC Star Gina Kirschenheiter Explains Why She’s No Longer Friends With Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Denies it Has to Do With Her Sobriety, Reacts to Her Potential Exit From Show

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Gina Kirschenheiter doesn’t believe Brauwnyn Windham-Burke is who she claims to be.

While chatting about her ongoing feud with Braunwyn after the latest episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County featured them at odds over comments made about the size of Gina’s condo, Gina slammed Braunwyn for suggesting she’s for the empowerment of women before dishing on her potential exit from the series and explaining why Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge‘s departures were a good thing for the show

“I’m someone who went through a bad marriage. I had gone through so much. Then I’m someone who is getting no support, gone through emotional trauma, physical trauma, get back on my feet, put this roof over my kids’ heads that I’m extremely proud of, and move on, and the first thing they focus on is the size of my home,” Gina explained during a recent interview on Access Hollywood.

“This is why I’m not friends with Braunwyn. I think Braunwyn’s value system about a lot of things I’m not in line with. [But] I don’t value [her] opinion so I don’t really care,” Gina continued, adding that Braunwyn has never been her “cup of tea.”

According to Gina, she believes Braunwyn sees herself as someone who supports women at all turns. However, when it came down to it, she wasn’t at all supportive of Gina as she moved into her new home following her messy split from Matt Kirschenheiter in 2019.

“She sees herself one way, as this women’s empowerment and ‘I’m going to walk in Washington and stick up for women’ but at the same time she’s talking badly about a woman who picked herself up from a disastrous marriage and is talking badly about her. That’s anything but empowerment,” Gina pointed out.

As for Braunwyn’s claim that she wasn’t the only one who poked fun at Gina’s new place for being small and sad, noting that Shannon Beador said things as well, Gina said it was harder to accept what Shannon had supposedly said because the two of them are much closer than she is to Braunwyn.

”I wish she would admit it but she comes from a different place and a different lifestyle. I’m not really surprised,” Gina admitted.

Because Braunwyn recently confirmed she is no longer speaking to her RHOC castmates, rumors have suggested that she was “ostracized” by the other women due to her sobriety. However, according to Gina, she does not believe that anyone distanced themselves from Braunwyn because of her alcoholism.

“But it does affect everybody. You have to navigate it as a group, like, ‘Do we do that? Do we not do that?’ But certainly I don’t think anybody ostracized her. I see it more as her pulling away than us pushing her out,” Gina shared.

Gina then noted that when it comes to Braunwyn’s potential exit from the show, she doesn’t believe she and her castmates should be blamed.

“I don’t think she has to exit out of the group entirely,” Gina said. “If she feels like she can’t do it or doesn’t want to do it, that’s fine. But I don’t think it’s fair to put that on us.”

Also during the interview, Gina shared her thoughts on Vicki and Tamra’s season 15 absences.

“At first I was bummed. But it was the best thing that could have happened to us,” Gina proclaimed. “Real things happen and real friendships happen and real fun happens and real drama happens. So if I’m trying to identify the key here it’s the ‘real’ part. It was the re-route the show needed.”