The Kendra On Top star, 29, opened up about working through the rough patch and deciding to film their attempts to repair their relationship for the new season of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, which premieres Friday on WE tv.
“It wasn’t an immediate yes, but we thought about it and then we said yes,” the Girls Next Door alum told Thursday PEOPLE at the show’s premiere event at Hyde Sunset Kitchen and Cocktails in West Hollywood.
“We’re going through a huge marital crisis at the time. It has four amazing therapists that are willing to help us for two weeks, away from social media, away from TV, away from the world and we’re in. I mean come on,” Wilkinson explained about what fans can expect to see in the season 3 episodes.
While some celebrity couples might blame reality TV for the demise of their relationships, Wilkinson credits Boot Camp with helping save hers.
“We needed the help and we really needed to focus on what our real issues were and what we need to do to solve them,” the mom of two said. “We went in fighting each other, we went out fighting the world. And that’s where we remain right now.”
Filming has now ended for the show. But Wilkinson said her commitment to working on their marriage continues: “We’re in an amazing place. Everyday is work. We’re working on it every single day and we’re both willing to put in the work.”
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And all work doesn’t mean no play for this pair. “We’re having actually a good time putting in the work,” she adds. “If any of this never had happened, we’d never be as strong as we are today. We’re very faithful.”
Wilkinson, 29, and the former NFL player, 32, have been married since 2009 despite a brief split after Baskett’s alleged affair with a model in 2014. They are parents to Hank IV, 5, and 1-year-old Alijah Mary.