brightcove.createExperiences(); Brandi Redmond and her husband Bryan have certainly gone through their fair share of ups and downs on The Real Housewives of Dallas this season, but she says they’re coming out of it stronger as a couple.
The former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader tells PEOPLE that starring on the hit Bravo show taught her and Bryan to “really communicate more” after overcoming the tensions they went through this season – notably, Bryan walking out on a tearful Brandi during a date and telling her he was “done.”
That said, watching the show back hasn’t been easy for the couple, who were high-school sweethearts and share two young daughters, Brooklyn, 6, and Brinkley, 4.
“It’s extremely difficult,” Brandi says. “Having to come back and relive it – it’s really, really hard.”
Speaking about their blowout, Brandi says that she “was at a point where I felt like I needed him, especially with everything else going on in my life, I needed more from him.”
And according to Brandi, the backlash Bryan has received from certain fans has made things even tougher.
“It’s hard on him. I mean, we’ve been out to eat and people literally come up and call him an a–hole! In front of our little girls!” Brandi says.
“He’s been struggling with it but we know at the end of the day that it’s the way he handled something and he agrees that it was wrong,” she adds. “I think as long as we are willing to forgive and try to forget after this is all over with, then we can just move forward.”
Bryan later apologized for his behavior and has learned “how valuable time as a family is,” says Brandi.
“I really don’t rock the boat that much with Bryan, just because I know how hard he works, and I do know how much he loves us and cares about us,” she says. “He is an amazing father. He is an amazing provider. He is the kind of man who would do anything for anyone.”
“I think that’s what the viewers don’t get to see – they don’t get to see that side of him, that side that makes me laugh,” she continues. “He really is so kind and so genuine and we all make mistakes, we all go through things, and I think if anything this taught us more about each other.”
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Of course, Redmond admits the two “still have our bickering, just like any other couple,” but they’re going strong and ultimately, she doesn’t regret having their rough patches as a couple documented on the show.
“I’m proud of what was captured in our journey. I think that it made us authentic, and I think it’s encouraging for other people to see that not everybody’s perfect and we all have ups and downs,” she says. “And at the end of the day, I’m such a fighter – I’ll fight for my family, my marriage and my friendships.”
As for whether we can expect any more drama with Bryan? Certainly not on Monday night’s episode, which chronicles an all-girls trip to Austin – and as predicted, things are about to get wild.
“I had probably too much fun in Austin,” teases Brandi. “I have to admit that I was drunk as a skunk!”
The Real Housewives of Dallas airs Mondays (10 p.m. ET) on Bravo.