As Kendra Wilkinson puts it, she is “a real person that comes from real stuff.”
That real stuff includes her very public life of being a Playboy Mansion resident and star of reality TV shows like “The Girls Next Door” and “Kendra.” But Wilkinson said she wants her fans to know about her private life that includes a former meth habit, having sex with Hugh Hefner and meeting her husband, Philadelphia Eagle Hank Baskett.
She details all of these events in her new book, “Sliding into Home,” which she will sign copies of at 7 p.m. Friday at Barnes & Noble, 6100 N. May.
Oklahoma Gazette: Are you looking forward to your first ever look at Oklahoma City?
Kendra Wilkinson: I am real excited. Actually, I have driven through, but I actually haven’t been there, but I hear it’s a fun place. I will have the book signing during the day and club appearance (at CityWalk) that night.
OKG: Why the title “Sliding into Home?”
KW: It represents my life. You know, first base is my childhood, second base is my crazy teenage years, third base is my Playboy years, and home is like where I want to be where I am: safe and sound, and with my family.
OKG: Why are you excited for people to read it?
KW: A lot of people think I come from the glamorous life from Hollywood, but I am a real person who comes from real stuff. I was a troubled teen and I just wanted my fans to know more about me and what I went through and how I went through it. I wanted it to be a more inspirational book, and there are so many stories that are scattered all over the place and people take my life and twist it up a bit, but it’s time for me to put my story out there.
OKG: With your headlines of the past couple of months, it seems like you would be able to add a few more chapters (a sex tape of Wilkinson and an ex-boyfriend was released in May). Why was this the right time to write this book?
KW: I started writing the book while I was pregnant and it just made sense, because that’s when I was getting married and having the baby, and it was just that home feeling. I have stories to tell and my points of view. You can write a book about anything, but I choose to write about the first years of my life, and if it’s good, I’ll write some more.
OKG: I am not sure if you are aware, but Oklahoma actually has a large meth problem, which you mention was a drug you were addicted to, so your inspiration probably couldn’t come to a better place.
KW: You know, drugs are everywhere no matter where you go. They are so easy to find and it’s so easy to get caught up in them, because I explain in my book about how I was a very lost person and I didn’t have anyone to talk to and I feel like I didn’t know who I was and nobody knew who I was and I was basically searching. Drugs will always be there for you to escape your pain and escape what you are going through, but at the end of the day, it’s a drug and a chemical that is messing with your body and it’s messing with your family, and that is when I got really confused, because I thought I was just hurting myself.
I am that kid that loves sports, that soccer player that loves to go and enjoy the sun, and you have to find those natural highs in life and you can’t rely on a chemical or something to smoke. You have to go out and search for those natural highs. I have stories in the book about how I recovered, so hopefully that will help or whatever.
OKG: I know you are quite the sports fan, so I thought we could try a little Oklahoma sports trivia. Are you game?
KW: Sure! I probably won’t get them, because my mind is all over the place, but let’s try it.
OKG: Baseball first. What Hall of Fame catcher for the Cincinnati Reds was born in Oklahoma City?
KW: Uh “¦ oh, shoot. For the Cincinnati Reds, huh? Oh, man, well, I don’t know.
OKG: Johnny Bench. Which University of Oklahoma football coach shares the same last name as you and led the Sooners to 47 straight victories?
KW: Oh, my God, this is total trivia. I am not going to get any of these right “¦ oh, I don’t know.
OKG: In the 1996 Olympics, the “Magnificent Seven” led the U.S. to its first-ever gymnastics team gold. The leader of that group is from Edmond, Oklahoma. What is her name?
KW: I was in gymnastics at that time. Oh, God! Oh, man, I remember Dominique Dawes and Dominique Moceanu, but what was “¦ oh, man, I can’t remember. I used to know all that.
OKG: Shannon Miller.
KW: Oh, man, Shannon Miller. Well, that was the closest I got. “Adam Kemp