Kendra Wilkinson Baskett and Hank Love Each Other, But 'They've Always Had Issues,' Source Says
Despite their issues, a source tells PEOPLE "they love each other very much and will always support one another"
“Kendra and Hank are struggling, but they’ve always had issues,” a source close to Kendra tells PEOPLE — days after the 32-year-old opened up on social media about the challenges she’s facing with her husband.
According to the source, the two have “always been extremely proactive when it comes to working on their marriage,” both “for each other and for the kids.” (They share son Hank IV, 8, and daughter Alijah, 3.)
“They love each other very much and will always support one another,” says the source. “Hank is such a blessing — he’s a great father. He’s always helping out and is very hands on.”
And despite Hank’s 2014 cheating scandal (he allegedly had an affair with a transgender model while Kendra was eight months pregnant), the source PEOPLE that the 35-year-old former football player is not being unfaithful.
On Wednesday, the Kendra on Top star admitted on Instagram she and her husband “are having issues,” denying that their “marital problems” are made up for cameras.
“1. How do u fake marital problems? Makes absolutely no sense,” she began the post, which accompanied a screenshot of an article titled, “Made-Up Marriage Problems?! Kendra’s Faking It for TV.”
“2. Yes we are having issues,” she continued. “3. My job has been reality TV for 13 years 4. My show was a comedy and light hearted [until] sad times happened then we had to change my show from comedy to drama. Not what I wanted but was a part of my journey and story.”
In a fifth point, Kendra shared that “these issues Hank [and] I are having in our home which we are trying to hard to over come, everyone knows about, including producers and network, friends and family.”
“6. My job is reality TV and I love my job unfortunately these issues at home are affecting my decisions cuz the last thing I want to do is hurt Hank,” she shared. “7. I hope to get back to the fun Kendra you all know. That’s all I want [and] aim for. I hate drama!!!”
She concluded by thanking fans for their “support and understanding.”
“I’ve been in a lot of therapy lately [and] hope all gets resolved for me, Hank, kids and even for TV,” she said.
The couple wed in 2009, and while their marriage was rocked by Hank’s cheating scandal, the two have remained committed to one another.
“We’re different people than we were years ago,” Kendra told PEOPLE last year. “You know, you change. But you have to change together. You have to grow together, not apart, and that’s the challenge.”
“Right now we’re in the healthiest place we’ve ever been,” she said. “It’s all about each other. We want to help build each other and love each other and make sure we’re happy. When we went through our big issue that was scattered everywhere, it needed to happen.”
“Unfortunately, it was a really rough situation,” she added. “But I’m a very faithful person and I think it really worked out for the best.”
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Last summer, Kendra shared how she and Hank were keeping their marriage strong while temporarily living long-distance.
“We’re dealing with a long-distance relationship right now. We have to communicate a lot,” she told E! News. “We’re eight years in a our marriage now, so communication is what we have to hang on to right now to keep our relationship strong.”