Kendra Wilkinson is keeping an open mind when it comes to her kids’ futures.
The Kendra on Top star is mother to two children, 7-year-old son Hank IV and 4-year-old daughter Alijah, with her former NFL pro husband Hank Baskett, and Wilkinson isn’t setting any boundaries for her adorable mini-mes.
The former Playboy model was candid when asked if she would allow Alijah to pose on the cover of the adult magazine when she gets older, if and when that conversation ever surfaces.
“I won’t sit here and say that I would like that, but if she made a healthy decision and a healthy choice with a healthy mind to want to pose for Playboy… We are a free home, we are a free spirit,” the 32-year-old reality star told ET. “If that’s your way of wanting to express yourself and who you are, then go ahead and be exactly who you want to be.”
Wilkinson added that she’s always going to support her children, no matter what they decide to do with their lives.
“I’m not a person to hold my kids back,” she said. “If they need to get whatever they need out of it, then go. I’m here to love them and support them and guide them as best as I can, but I’m not going to put any limits to their lives. And if that’s the way they’re going to be happy and express who they are, then they can do whatever they want. I’m not here to stop their lives or interfere.”
“Why are we putting rules on everyone? It doesn’t even make sense. For who? What are the rules for? For society? What the hell? To impress other people? Where do we live?” Wilkinson asked.
At the moment, the former Girl Next Door is plugging away in Las Vegas starring as the female lead in the scripted comedic play, Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man, but she couldn’t help but marvel over her son, Hank IV’s, blossoming soccer future. From the sounds of it, little Hank will be following in his dad’s athletic footsteps!
“I’m telling you right now, he’s already been scouted and spotted and seen,” Wilkinson gushed over her son. “The reason why I’m working here in Vegas right now is to take him on a trip to Europe to introduce him to real soccer. He will be an athlete, there’s no question about it.”
“Whatever he wants to do, he can do,” she reiterated, “except for [on Tuesday], he goes ‘I want to be a celebrity.’ I’m like, ‘Stop now! Stop! No!’ You need to have some talent, meaning, do what I do on stage and put a different muscle in your brain to use. I’ve never seen a greater athlete at seven years old, but at the same time, he’s an old soul. He’s a nerd, he’s an inventor, he loves to invent new things and loves to experiment. So whatever he wants to do, he’ll do. If his dream is to explore Europe and [play] soccer, I’m taking him.”
Wilkinson was also outspoken over her disregard for mommy-shamers and trolls, addressing whether their words have affected how much she chooses to expose her family, especially her kids, on social media and on Kendra on Top.
“That’s their problem,” she said of the haters. “Honestly, we’re doing just fine. We’re a happy family. We don’t care about that stuff. We’re doing what we’re doing. That gets into bullying and I’m not teaching my kids to give into bullying like that. If you stop what you’re doing because someone says something mean, then come on. Then you’re the one who loses. You’ve gotta rise up and you’ve gotta stay in the game.”
Wilkinson admits doing her play, which she performs six nights a week and will continue doing through Aug. 20, has its downsides. For one thing, her family remains in Los Angeles while she stars onstage in Vegas.
“They’re visiting me right now, so they’ve been here for a week and we’ve had an amazing, amazing time together. I’m spoiling them rotten,” she said of her kids. “They have to get back to their lives and they can’t be trapped in a condo with mama working all day, so they’re going back to [L.A.]. It’s been extremely difficult being away from my kids.”
The silver lining, Wilkinson says, is the hopes that the play could potentially lead to other acting gigs. “If I can pull off a live audience show every single night in Vegas with a 100 percent scripted role, then I can do anything!” she said with a laugh.
As for the upcoming sixth season of Kendra on Top, Wilkinson says the show picks up right up after the conclusion of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition, which concludes on Friday. Much of the season will explore Wilkinson’s tumultuous relationship with her mother, Patti, and the threat of her tell-all book that could tear the family apart for good.
“I found a little hope through Boot Camp, but my husband has never had the opportunity to be in the therapy house with us, so he’s never got to see that,” Wilkinson said of her mother’s nonexistent relationship with her husband, Hank. “He’s still in that place of all he knows is the pain she’s brought on him. He has every right to feel the way he does, so she has some work to do. She has the work cut out for her if she really wants to come back into our lives.”
Kendra on Top premieres Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on WE tv.