RHONY - Luann De Lesseps Admits It Is Still Hard For Her To 'Choose' Not To Drink
Now that she has finished her probation and can make her own choices about alcohol, Real Housewives of New York star Luann de Lesseps admits that it’s not easy to stay sober around her co-stars. In the upcoming RHONY episode, de Lesseps is on a group trip in the Hamptons, and she says choosing not to drink was a “challenge.”
“Well, I’ll share that yesterday and last night, it was very hard for me not to drink,” reveals de Lesseps. “The hard part is knowing you can drink and then choosing not to drink. You know, it’s hard to be around a group of girls that like to drink. As much as I don’t want to drink, I just feel like I’d like to get back in the game with the girls.”
The 54-year-old went on to say that the Hamptons trip was the first time in a while where she felt that choosing to avoid alcohol was difficult.
As fans know, police officers in Palm Beach, Florida, arrested de Lesseps on Christmas Eve 2017 for disorderly intoxication. After two stints in rehab, the cabaret singer finished her court-ordered probation in August 2019 and now she is free to make her own decisions.
According to Page Six , De Lesseps’ co-star Sonja Morgan says during a confessional that all of the Countess’ RHONY co-stars support her, and her struggle with alcohol is the exact thing that she would have hidden from the cast last year. Morgan added that she was “so proud” of where de Lesseps is now that she can be open and honest again.
De Lesseps tells the cast in the episode that she feels she would be fine if she drank, but she knows she will be upset with herself because she promised herself she wouldn’t. During her confessional, de Lesseps explained that she resolved to not drink during the weekend in the Hamptons, and that’s it. That’s what she chose. However, it was “really hard” to stick to the plan.
Bravo filmed these episodes with the cast last fall, and since then de Lesseps has admitted that she is drinking again every once in a while. Back in January, the RHONY star told People magazine that the new year was a time for reflection, and she had learned a lot about herself.
Luann de Lesseps added that she is in a very good place and finally back in the driver’s seat. The Countess added that her journey is day by day, and she was toasting to the new year ahead.
New episodes of Real Housewives of New York air Thursday nights on Bravo.