Luann de Lesseps is breaking her silence about her relapse. On Tuesday, the Real Housewives of New York City star sat down with Today’s Megyn Kelly on NBC, and opened up about her return to rehab in July.
De Lesseps says she went back to the bottle after her first husband Count Alexandre de Lesseps and their children Victoria and Noel filed a lawsuit against her over the sale of her Hamptons home. The Blast snagged court docs claiming she’d breached the terms of her divorce settlement by failing to create a trust "for the benefit of her two children" that was linked the $8 million house.
The 53-year-old claims she found out about the suit in the press, along with everyone else: "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."
GOING BACK TO BOOZE
That same night she says she "fell of the wagon." And when she fell, she fell far.
"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."
CHANGE OF PLANS
"I wanted to change my life," she explained to 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."
"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."