Luann de Lesseps opened up about her struggle with addiction in her first live TV interview since completing her second rehab stint a bit more than a week ago. The Real Housewives of New York City star talked to NBC’s Megyn Kelly on her talk show and updated her loyal fans on her sobriety progress.
‘I feel good. I feel really great actually, but every day’s a struggle. I take it day by day. I am going to be 30 days sober tomorrow, so I am celebrating, and I have this whole new life,’ the reality TV star told the host.
As you may remember, back in December, the celeb was arrested, and now she is being good, going to AA meetings and obeying probation.
Luann explained that ‘It’s good because I cannot drink, and really at this point, I feel like I am almost allergic to alcohol because I cannot be like most people and have one glass or two of wine. I’d drink the whole bottle, and then I am looking where can I get another bottle. It just does not work for me. I am just not wired that way.’
But the woman admitted that while now she has a good control over her sobriety, she relapsed when her former husband and two kids sued her.
‘I fell off the wagon,’ she told the host before explaining her side of the story, that she wanted to sell her house in the Hamptons for another one in New York.
‘The children weren’t happy about that because it’s their home and I understand that, but I just wanted to move. I just needed a fresh start. The ex-husband [Count Alexandre de Lesseps] came to visit, and he decided to block me and sue me. I understand why he did it because I was going big up there upstate with a big property and since then I have decided to take something smaller and keep my home for the children because I love them.’
Apparently, Luann found out about the lawsuit against her through the press.
‘That was devastating. I felt betrayed. I felt hurt by that because I wanted to move on and I truly wanted to flip this house and then get the other one.’
The whole thing was heartbreaking and it pushed her to start drinking again with a pal.
‘She goes, ‘I love making watermelon martinis.’ I said, I’m in.’’
She went from drinking a couple of martinis to drinking ‘two or three bottles of rosé’ all by herself as well as ‘probably a six pack of beer or something.’
As a result, she made it very clear that she needs to stay away from alcohol completely because ‘I don’t know when to stop.’