“Summer House” star Kyle Cooke says wife Amanda Batula’s fertility struggle is “more complicated” than fans realize.
“There’s obviously a lot more to it than what made it into the [show],” Cooke, 40, reveals on an upcoming episode of Page Six’s “Virtual Reali-Tea” podcast. “It breaks my heart.”
He elaborates, “She’s catching so much s—t from trolls about her weight and people are like, ‘Well, you’re missing your period because you lost so much weight.’”
Batula, 31, shared her health concerns with the “Summer House” ladies during a tea party scene that aired in the March 6 episode.
The revelation came after newcomer Samantha Feher expressed her assumption that Batula would likely welcome children before anyone else in the group — as she’s the only married woman.
Batula admitted that she and Kyle — who wed in September 2021 — “want to have kids.” However, she added, “It’s just not in the cards right now.”
The graphic designer went on to say that she experienced her “last period” in November 2021 after stopping birth control just months prior.
In addition to a ceased menstrual cycle, Batula lost an alarming amount of weight that, according to Cooke, came in tandem with a new medication to help with unexpected acne.
“I’ll set the record straight. Yes, going off birth control causes you to lose weight. It also causes your hormones to go out of control like you’re a teenager. She has always had great skin,” he explains.
“She was breaking out like she was in high school right up until when we went to film ‘Winter House’ [Season 2].”
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Cooke continues, “She went on … a medication where the byproduct happens to be clearer skin. One of the side effects was also it caused her to lose some weight. I don’t think it’s a common side effect, but it was like a two-fold kind of weight loss that she had zero control over.”
The Loverboy CEO specifically applauds nurse-turned-model Ciara Miller for encouraging Batula to seek medical attention during production.
“I was so thankful for friends like Ciara, who really kind of took her under their wing to start to understand what was going on,” he says.
“It was tough because she’s going through the weight loss, she’s going through the acne and oh, by the way, what’s going on with her menstrual cycle and her fertility,” Cooke explains. “So, I don’t want to spoil anything but I’m so glad the girls — it kind of started [the conversation] at that tea brunch.”
Cooke’s chat with “Virtual Reali-Tea” comes one week after the reunion for “The Traitors” Season 1 aired. He participated in the Peacock competition series with fellow reality TV vets, including Brandi Glanville, Kate Chastain and Arie Luyendyk Jr., among others.
Now Cooke’s “Summer House” castmate and frenemy Lindsay Hubbard is gunning for a spot on the show, which she revealed during our “Virtual Reali-Tea Live!” show at City Winery in New York City on Feb. 10.
“She never once told me about her aspirations to go on it,” he tells us of Hubbard, 36, who is engaged to his longtime pal, Carl Radke.
“Look, I think that she probably would be pretty incredible. I mean, she’s very good at spinning things. She’s very good at looking after herself.
“She’s a dynamic individual. She can turn it on. And when you’re over … then she can kind of dispose of you when she doesn’t [need you]. So, I think that those are some traitor qualities.”
Cooke admits that he and the former publicist have a “fairly complicated relationship” at the moment, but reiterates that he would “absolutely” endorse her for “The Traitors.”
“I think she’d be really good at it,” he says.
“Summer House” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo, while “The Traitors” is available to stream on Peacock.
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