Wilkinson tells PEOPLE Now why she hasn't spoken to her mother in nearly two years

By Stephanie Petit
Updated December 01, 2020 10:17 PM
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Things don’t seem to be looking up for Kendra Wilkinson and her mother Patti‘s strained relationship.

“Right now, things are still very bad between me and my mom,” Wilkinson, 30, tells PEOPLE Now.

The former Girls Next Door star opens up about the tensions with Patti, which began when she was 24 years old and had just starting a family with husband Hank Baskett.

“I didn’t know how to balance life,” Kendra explained. “Unfortunately, at that time, I took my attention away from my mom because I had to focus on my family.”

Six years later, Kendra has learned how to juggle the responsibilities of kids, a husband and work. Still, she says Patti has made it extremely hard to mend their relationship.

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One fear the Kendra on Top star has is that Patti will exploit her – she has done so in the past by talking to the media about Kendra’s private life.

“She has an issue that I didn’t tell her I was pregnant with [my 2-year-old daughter] Alijah – there’s a reason for that,” she explained. “I didn’t want her to leak it.”

The Kendra on Top star adds, “In her mind, she deserves a piece of what I’ve got.”

Hope for the mother and daughter is not lost, but she says it will take some effort from Patti to gain back her trust: “I’ve done all the work, so it has to come on her end now. She’s going to have to be the one to prove to me that she’ll never sell me out again.”

The season 5 finale of Kendra on Top airs Friday at 9 p.m. ET on WEtv.