Back in December of 2017, Luann de Lesseps was arrested after drunkenly assaulting a police officer.
The incident uncovered something even more serious than an attack on a uniformed officer of the law — namely, Luann’s alcoholism.
In the months since her arrest, de Lesseps has been to hell and back in her efforts to get sober and get her life back on track.
She’s been admirably open about her struggles with addiction, and in a new interview with E!, Luann claims that her RHONY co-stars sometimes made her recovery even more difficult than it needed to be.
"I’m doing really well. I’m going to meetings, doing yoga, just taking care of myself," de Lesseps said at the outset.
"I take it one day at a time, like everybody else does. For today, I’m sober, and I really plan on staying sober."
Asked about her co-stars and their reaction to her decision to withdraw from the group somewhat, Luann revealed that she found it hard to be around them during certain stages of her recovery:
"I think they thought I was being insensitive to their feelings, but really, what I was doing is taking care of myself," she said.
Asked about her shooting scenes in the early days of her sobriety, de Lesseps remarked:
"And it was very difficult to be sober. There was a lot of drinking going on, and I didn’t focus on that. I didn’t want them to feel bad for drinking, so I didn’t really bring it up."
"And it doesn’t really bother me. What bothers me is excessive drinking. That’s the problem."
Yes, Luann seems to be suggesting that her co-stars would benefit from cutting back on the sauce or possibly even quitting entirely.
She might be right — but she should probably focus on her own booze intake, at least for the time being.
In a separate interview with Access Hollywood, de Lesseps explains that she’s been inspired by the recovery of Demi Lovato, who’s once again sober following a near-fatal relapse last year.
“She’s been very public about her struggle and I think it’s important. I think a lot of people are struggling and they don’t know how to help themselves,” she told the outlet.
Luann says that Bravo president Andy Cohen has also been instrumental in her recovery.
“It’s been difficult, and doing it in the public eye has been even more difficult, so I take it day by day,” de Lesseps says.
“I’m at the point where I can finally go to a party now and not drink, and I’m OK with that.”
Luann promised that in part 2 of the RHONY reunion show — which airs tonight on Bravo — she’ll reveal more about "what’s happening to me personally, in terms of my legal situation and how difficult that has been."
Yes, as a result of repeated relapses, Luann has violated her probation on more than one occasion, and she might still face jail time.
"I’ve paid dearly for that one horrible night," de Lesseps says.
Well, that one night and several f–k-ups in the 18 months that followed, but we know what she means.
Luckily for Luann, the reunion filmed before her latest comments went public.
The last thing she needs is another violent altercation on her record.