Braunwyn Windham-Burke celebrates 500 days sober with inspirational message

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Braunwyn Windham-Burke came clean and admitted she’s an ‘alcoholic’ during the season 15 premiere of The Real Housewives Of Orange County last year.

Now, some eight months on, and Windham-Burke has come out publicly to reveal she just celebrated a major milestone in her sobriety journey: 500 days clean and sober.

And she marked the monumental achievement by sharing an inspirational message on Instagram in hopes that she can help others who are struggling with addiction, alongside a screenshot of a Twelve Step app.

Personal milestone: Braunwyn Windham-Burke, 43, revealed she just celebrated 500 days sober in an Instagram post on Saturday, June 12

Personal milestone: Braunwyn Windham-Burke, 43, revealed she just celebrated 500 days sober in an Instagram post on Saturday, June 12

‘For those of you struggling to get sober, the beginning is definitely the hardest part,’ the 43-year-old began in the caption with an obviously honest tone to her words.

‘The first three months are tough, I can’t sugar coat it. However, it gets easier, then it gets amazing. 500 days, today. Five. Hundred.’

She concluded the message with the phrase, ‘One day at a time,’ which is commonly used as part of the Twelve Step program in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other recovery groups.   

Stages: The Real Housewives Of Orange County star got honest about her sobriety journey and shared about how it went from 'tough', to 'easier', and finally 'amazing'

Stages: The Real Housewives Of Orange County star got honest about her sobriety journey and shared about how it went from ‘tough’, to ‘easier’, and finally ‘amazing’

Courageous: The California native came clean and admitted she's an 'alcoholic' during an episode of THOC that aired in October 2020

Courageous: The California native came clean and admitted she’s an ‘alcoholic’ during an episode of THOC that aired in October 2020

The reality star used the app to show how her sobriety accomplishment of 500 days also breaks down to ‘1.36 years, 16.39 months and 11,982 hours.’  

Back on January 30, just over three months after the episode her alcoholic confessional aired, Windham-Burke took to Instagram to tell her 307,000 fans and followers that she hit one-year without any alcohol.  

‘No one ever said it would be easy, but thank you @seanwindhamburke for making it easier,’ the reality star wrote alongside a photo of herself with husband Sean Burke.

‘Officially #1YearSober… as always, one day at a time,’ she concluded along with the hashtags: ‘#onedayatatime’ and ‘#oneyearsober’

Another milestone: The reality star also took to Instagram to celebrate one-year sober by posting a photo of herself and husband Sean Burke  on January 30, 2021

Another milestone: The reality star also took to Instagram to celebrate one-year sober by posting a photo of herself and husband Sean Burke  on January 30, 2021

Back in October, the California native shared some of the preconceived reservations she had about living a sober life.

‘I was scared I wouldn’t be fun anymore, that my life was going to be boring. I really thought alcohol made life enjoyable, and that’s sad,’ she confessed to Glamour.   

But after some time without any alcohol, Windham-Burke realized that wasn’t true for her, and that she actually has ‘way more fun now.’ 

The reality is reportedly been dating Fernanda Rocha (center); Rocha is pictured getting kisses from Windham-Burke and co-star Tamra Judge

The reality is reportedly been dating Fernanda Rocha (center); Rocha is pictured getting kisses from Windham-Burke and co-star Tamra Judge

In another courageous confession, the reality also came out as a lesbian during season 15 of RHOC last year.

After breaking up with her girlfriend Kris in March, Windham-Burke has reportedly been dating fitness pro, Fernanda Rocha in recent months.

It has been rumored that the ladies were dating after her former co-star Tamra Judge revealed on the SiriusXM Radio show, Jeff Lewis Live, and that the two have been ‘hanging out a lot.’ 

After 20-years of marriage, Windham-Burke and her husband admit to having an open relationship. They share seven children together, ranging in ages from two to 20.             

Item: The couple posed with Amaré Magazine publisher George Rojas in a photo that the reality star posted on Instagram on Friday

Item: The couple posed with Amaré Magazine publisher George Rojas in a photo that the reality star posted on Instagram on Friday

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