Kendra Wilkinson, Hank Baskett
Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett at the 2010 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. REUTERS

Hank Baskett is opening up about his relationship with wife Kendra Wilkinson for the first time since reports that he cheated on her with a transgender model. In June, Ava London, a Northern Californian, said she and the former NFL receiver had sexual trysts three months ago.

Since then, Wilkinson has been spotted out without her wedding ring, which she reportedly flushed down the toilet. But Baskett has kept his ring on, and when asked by a paparazzo how he is doing, he sounded in good spirits. “I’m doing good, I woke up today, didn’t I?” He also said he is still staying at home, though moving trucks were seen outside the family home shortly after the reports of his infidelity.

London has said the allegations are true, and told Radar Online last month, “I met Hank Baskett probably around the 22nd or 23rd of April this year. He contacted me through a video I had posted on YouTube and we exchanged information.”

“I gave him the address to my house, he came over,” she added. “I wasn’t expecting for him to come at the time he did, and I had just gotten out of the pool with my girlfriend.” London claims she did not know that Baskett was a former NFL player, and he never identified himself by his real name. He said instead that his name was Steve and, according to the model, Baskett knew she was a transsexual.

“Hank absolutely knew that I was a transsexual and he told me that I was the only transsexual he’s ever been with,” London claimed. “He thought I was beautiful.”

They soon became intimate, though she claims they did not have intercourse. Baskett allegedly gave her about $500 for the encounter and took a shower at her home after the incident.

Wilkinson, 29, was about eight months pregnant when Baskett carried on the alleged affair. Wilkinson has since given birth to their daughter. Baskett and Wilkinson were married on June 27, 2009, and have two children together: Hank Baskett IV, 4, and Alijah Mary, who is just weeks old.