Kendra Wilkinson smells a phony.
Wilkinson – who is working through issues with her own mother, Patti Wilkinson – on the series, says, “I respect everybody and their situation and their problems. But, I don’t know, I didn’t really – their whole little thing, I wanted to not be in the same room with them.”
Abraham, 25, is appearing on the series with her parents, Debra and Michael. The family’s tumultuous relationship has played out on television for several years, including during the current season of Teen Mom OG.
Wilkinson says, however, she wasn’t familiar with how Abraham’s appearances on the MTV series.
“I don’t watch her or anything so I wanted to start from scratch when it came to meeting other celebrities from the house,” she explains. “I don’t like coming from judgement, I like to just know people – starting from scratch, not who they are, what they do on TV.”
The 31-year-old notes that she “wasn’t connecting with their issues,” explaining, “I didn’t trust it. I like real and raw. They were cool, I just kind of stayed away.”
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On the show, therapists Dr. Ish Major and Dr. Venus Nicolino will work with the cast through their familial issues. Other stars appearing this season include Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino with his brothers Marc and Frank Jr., and Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson with his mother Paula Johnson.
Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars: Family Edition premieres Friday 28 at 9 p.m. E.T. on WE tv.