Luann de Lesseps Blames Relapse On Lawsuit!
Luann de Lesseps has broken her silence since checking out of rehab earlier this month.
The Real Housewives of New York City star opened up about her recent relapse, which prompted her to check herself into an alcohol treatment facility in July for the second time in the past year.
“I wanted to change my life,” De Lesseps said in an interview on Tuesday with Today’s Show Megyn Kelly. “I wanted to move upstate New York and I found a beautiful home. I have this beautiful house in the Hamptons, as a lot of people know, and I wanted to sell that to get this property up there and the children weren’t happy about that because it’s their home and I understand that.”
De Lesseps’ sought treatment for a second time after her first husband Alexandre de Lesseps, her daughter, Victoria de Lesseps, and son, Noel de Lesseps filed a lawsuit against her over an $8 million house sale. She breached a stipulation of settlement in her divorce by failing to create a trust for the benefit of her two children.
“But I just wanted to move,” she continued. “I needed more privacy and a lot of people know where I am and I just needed a fresh start. But the kids were not happy with it and the ex-husband came to visit and he decided to block me and sue me. And I’m so nice, I let him stay at my house because we have a great relationship. And we still do. I mean, I understand why he did it because I was really going big up there, upstate, with a really big property. Since then, I’ve decided to take something smaller and keep my home for the children because I love them.”
Luann de Lesseps, 53, said she found out about the lawsuit by reading it in the media.
“So that was devastating,” she said. “I felt betrayed, I felt so hurt by that because I really wanted to move on and I really wanted to flip this house and get the other one. … I had my heart set on that house. … I was devastated, and so I lost it.”
That night, she claims she “fell off the wagon” again.
“I had a girlfriend with me and she goes, ‘I love making watermelon martinis’ and I said, ‘I’m in,’ ” she recalled. “I used to drink those at Bungalow 8 years ago and I love them. Anyway, I had two or three of those and then I had I think two bottles of rosé by myself. And then I had probably a six-pack of beer or something. I was dancing in my kitchen with a bikini on and a Panama hat. … I don’t know when to stop.”
De Lesseps spent little under three weeks in rehab and checked out on Aug. 2. The Bravoleb acknowledged that she can no longer drink socially.
“I can’t be like most normal people and have a glass or two of wine,” she said. “I’ll drink the whole bottle. … It just doesn’t work for me. I’m not wired that way.”
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