Countess Luann might no longer be a countess, officially, but she will always be a legend.
Except ... might her arrest for allegedly kicking a police officer while being publicly intoxicated and disorderly tarnish her reputation? She's been going through a tough time.
But that was four months ago, and now she's speaking out and she's revealed that she's past it. ... Mostly.
On Thursday, Luann de Lesseps spoke to Us Weekly at the ASPCA Diamond in the Ruff Bergh Ball in New York.
And she got candid about how her arrest impacted her.
"You know, I had such a rough time."
We would imagine so. But she says that things have improved.
"And I feel like I’ve gotten past it."
That said, however, she says that the event still lingers on her mind and in her life.
"I’m not totally through it completely."
Luann says that she believes that things for her life -- and alleged crimes -- will work out in the end.
"But I’m optimistic it’s going to turn out well."
She saw the arrest as something of a wake-up call and has been using it to drive her to better herself. And it's working.
"And everything is going in that direction for me."
This fills her with a healthy outlook on life and on her future.
"So I feel very positive."
Several months ago, Luann was arrested in Palm Beach for disorderly intoxication, trespassing, and for resisting arrest -- with violence.
She apparently also slipped her handcuffs while in the back of the car.
In the aftermath of the arrest, Luann checked into rehab, apologized, and released a statement:
"I have decided to seek professional guidance and will be voluntarily checking into an alcohol treatment center."
She continued to express remorse for what she had done.
"I intend to turn this unfortunate incident into a positive life changing event."
One of the things that Luann has used to cope with her situation has been her cabaret show, she reveals.
"I think when you fall that hard, that it’s important how you stand up and keep it moving and keep it positive."
"And for me it’s been sinking my teeth into my cabaret show and being creative in that way, and it’s been a lifesaving thing for me really"
A creative outlet can be a life-saver.
Luann has also opened up about Bethenny Frankel's feud with Carole Radziwill.
"As you know, I’m always the Countess who is Switzerland, as Ramona says."
Meaning that she is neutral, as Switzerland infamously was during World War 2.
"I don’t take sides. I feel like people have to work things out by themselves, and I’m not going to get between that."
She admits that she doesn't have much moral high ground upon which to stand.
"God knows I’ve had enough issues of my own to deal with"
Luann is an absolute legend, and not only for her role on The Real Housewives of New York.
She guest starred on one of the best-ever episodes of Law & Order SVU ("Bully," which was Season 12, Episode 18, in case you're wondering).
She and Bethenny are arguably the best-known and best-recognized stars from the series.
We are glad to hear that she is so optimistic.
We certainly wish her the best.