Luann de Lesseps is opening up about her family’s past with alcoholism.
De Lesseps, 55, tearfully recalled how she felt sitting in a jail cell following her arrest for disorderly intoxication in a new clip from “The Real Housewives of New York,” airing Thursday. In the snippet, she also revealed that her father struggled with his own inability to control his drinking.
“Listen, he had 10 years of craziness as a drinker and he got into trouble and he got arrested and you know, he had shackles on his ankles,” she began while tearing up. “And as I’m sitting there, I’m looking down at my ankles. And I said, ‘Oh my god.’ Now I can start to understand the pain and the struggle that he went through, you know?”
In a confessional, she explained, “My father was everything to me. He was my rock. Growing up, my father struggled with alcohol. It was very difficult for me and my family and mother. Eventually, he stopped and AA saved his life and I’ll forever be proud of my father for that.”
“Now I can understand him so much more than I was ever able to as a young adult. The struggles. They were real and I know how real they are because I’ve had the same struggles and he’s not here today, but I am.”
De Lesseps was arrested for disorderly intoxication on Christmas Eve in 2017 in Palm Beach, Fla., and she checked into rehab shortly afterward. She completed another rehab stint in July 2018 after her friends staged an intervention ahead of the Season 10 reunion.
After completing her probation and remaining sober for quite some time, she announced that she began to “drink responsibly” in January.