This was not the year of Luann de Lesseps. It's just July, there's plenty of time for a turnaround to build on what looks like a happy spring, but the star of the Real Housewives of New York City still has some personal issues. She worked for her health first , The Bravo star returned to rehab this weekend, seven months after a painful arrest in Palm Beach that caused her to be treated for alcohol abuse. In return, she will miss taking on RHONY's reunion events on Tuesday. "Bravo supports Luann's decision to focus on her health," the network said Monday. "She is part of the Bravo family and we continue to stand by her side as she masters this challenging situation, and at this point we hope everyone will respect their privacy."
"That's the best," says a source E! News. "If she had made the meeting tomorrow, it would have been terrible." The decision to return to rehab came a few days after de Lesseps was sued by her ex-husband, Count Alexandre de Lesseps, and her children Noel and Victoria de Lesseps for financial reasons. Rimower, director of her cabaret show #CountessAndFriends, relates e! News: "Luann is not the first to deal with these issues, I am in sober recovery myself and these are tough challenges she faces, but that's part of life, so she does not have to be ashamed or depressed who begins the difficult process of self-observation and change should be praised. "
Those who are close to her hope for the best. De Lesseps spent three weeks in rehab to get started in 2018 after her bust on December 24 due to a disorderly outcry at a hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, and put the policeman in the hands who responded to a call from the security service when someone came to another room. A court hearing was scheduled for July 25, in which she will confess to a lesser charge. And lately she's focusing on her live show, where she returns to her love to sing and wake up a room. "I can not avoid the whole story of what happened to me in Palm Beach," de Lesseps told the New York Times in February, what she was up to on stage. "I try to keep it bright and take it seriously." She continued, "The fact that I come back and have something creative to put my teeth in was very helpful to me because it was a rocky road in the last two years." "It was really surprising," said Andy Cohen "Six" in May, referring to her arrest. "We all knew it [Luann] for 10 years …[but] It's amazing to see her in the series of rehab, and she's really a new person and I'm very excited that she's getting a new life. "
The past week was rocky, but also the entire past year. It was only in August of last year that she and Tom D & # 39; Agostino Jr. announced that they divorced and would not end the seven-month unclear marriage most friends of de Lesseps suspected. "I fell in love, I got married quickly and I'm very sad that two people in love are not together," said D & Agostino to E! News last September. "The published reasons for the divorce make a great reality TV story and I wish Luann much luck and love." He naturally referred to rumors of infidelity. Luann has since admitted that her excessive drinking was an attempt to self-medicate after the trauma she suffered from her second marriage broke and burned so quickly after her marriage. I thought I could handle it, but let me tell you, all those feelings came back, all those memories came back. "She was told to Dorinda Medley from her return to Palm Beach, where she and D & Agostino had married. Call RHONY." And, you know, I do not blame it, per se, it's just that, that all this together was just too much for me. I'm not proud of what happened, that's for sure I'm not proud of what I did, but I learn a lot about myself. I found the right place to take care of myself. "
But while there is still work to do, everything that de Lesseps could possibly do is seem to have happened after years of relative stability in the RHONY world all at once, or at least within a very short span of time. Was it only Luann's turn in the inevitable cycle of life for the real housewives? "I remain Luann de Lesseps – and for most of the people, the Countess," she told the New York Times, referring to the unique title that followed her when she first appeared in Bravo's NYC series. The Real Housewives franchise was unveiled in 2008. When the show premiered for the first time, she was married to Count Alexandre, a French businessman with a highly diplomatic relationship, who was in his fourth marriage. They met in Gstaad, Switzerland, at a dinner party and in 1993 gave the twine, then they welcomed daughter Victoria in 1994 and son Noel in 1996.
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Luann was recruited to a meeting in New York after a meeting with Jill Zarin in the Bravo universe. The two quickly became friends and Zarin retired when the idea for the show existed as "Manhattan Moms". Luann eventually signed up for RHONY because, as she wrote in her 2009 book, Class With the Countess, "How To Live With Elegance And Flair," the story of the de Lesseps family is known in the United States. "Besides, she added, she wanted to draw her attention to the charities she supported, and let them know that a countess is not just" shopping, having lunch with her friends and working her nails. "
Thank god that's true. In 2009, de Lesseps joined the ranks of housewives who were single when Alexandre e-mailed her that he had met with someone else and they were "serious." They had been separated for several months, but … still. "I was devastated," Luann People said in April. "I knew we were parting somehow, but I was hoping things would work out." In 2010 she met another Frenchman, the wine merchant Jacques Azoulay, and he brought her to Paris for Valentine's Day.
"We met at a party for a friend who is a singer," Luann told People after her romantic journey. "When I saw him for the first time, I thought, 'Wow!' He's a 'wow' type. He's just lovely." She added, "I feel very happy, I never thought I'd be lucky enough to find someone in my life again. " Azoulay was a fixture in Luann's life for several years, and the couple even discussed the possibility of having children together, though, as Luann said on RHONY, "fertility Myrtle has wandered a bit to pasture." She split up in 2013, with de Lessep representative tells us Weekly, "You are at various points in her life right now and you have agreed that it's best." Luann is upset, but it's friendly and they remain friends. "Jacques was a wonderful part of her life. "However, her split brought Luann to the bottom of the facts in the eyes of her fellow citizens. The mother of two seemed less concerned about going through life with carefully curated "Elan" than enjoying herself every day.
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Then she met D & # 39; Agostino, a former flame of the girlfriend and co-star Ramona Singer, and once again it was about maintaining her relationship with the man in her life. Despite the red flags, Luann and Tom married in a lavish ceremony on December 31, 2016, in Palm Beach. The honeymoon was short. Last July, they had a fierce row in a New York restaurant and it came around that Luann had hit her husband in the face. "Which couple has no love disputes?" Luann told E! News from a charity event this month. "Tom and I are very passionate and in love with each other and things happen, but unfortunately we are very public people and so everyone likes to talk about it, from housewives to the restaurant it's very hard to maintain privacy." After announcing their separation in August, there were rumors that both had deviated from the drill. De Lesseps told Page Six, "I do not think Tom cheated on me, definitely not, God knows he got into trouble in the past, but I do not think that's what happened [while we were married]"As for the chatter that she and Azoulay rekindled the old flame, she laughed it out." God knows that I have been through enough lately, I do not understand why this false rumor is coming to me, "she added, while Azoulay, who had moved on with Miss Hargraves, also said to page six," I'm in arrived to the Hamptons and do not live [Luann’s] Haus, Luann and I are very good friends and only friends. I really like Tom, he's a nice guy, I'm sorry that it did not work between them. "
In a lengthy interview with Andy Cohen, a few weeks later, Luann said that, whatever he did or did not do, she had tired of Tom's seemingly shady demeanor. "Tom went out and he called an old friend and you met a group of people – and I did not know about it," she said last August. "I heard it in the press the next day, which was like the last straw for me, I thought, 'I can not do that anymore.'" Luann also clarified the alleged stroke. "I did not hit him," she insisted. "What I did was grab his face, it was in the heat of the moment, you know, I was hurt because of something, so I wanted his attention, so I took his face, it was not really a hit." Luann also repeated that she did not think that Tom had cheated on her marriage. "I totally believe he was loyal," she told Andy. "He's a flirting guy, he's a social guy, but I think people sometimes get that wrong." She defended Tom until the last possible moment, she said, not wanting to save face for the show, but because "while filming was happy, I felt like he needed to be defended." Ultimately, "it was a bad situation I do not blame him, but I just think that life, in a sense, takes care of itself. "
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Luann moved to Europe with Noel and Victoria for a longer stay after divorcing Tom. But on her own, she began drinking seven alcoholic drinks a day, using wine and cocktails to relieve the emotional pain. Then came this fateful journey to Palm Beach, followed by her proactive decision to seek help. "I think when you're happy, you look better and better, and I'm glad I lost weight because I stopped drinking, which is good, so I'm less swollen," she told Bravo The Daily Dish. "I feel so much better, and I feel like you're feeling good, it's shining through. There's been a big change in my life in terms of control, power, in the driver's seat, and I feel like drinking I'm definitely not in the driver's seat. "Luang also told People in April that, in addition to her divorce, she still felt a fearsome car accident in Switzerland that in 1999 contributed to her alcohol problem. "I thought I had killed myself and my children, I had never really experienced this terrible accident, and through this and everything else, my feelings just came to me and made me treat myself with alcohol think it's about Tom, it's not just about Tom. "
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At the time, she said she swore alcohol. Just last week E! News confirmed that de Lesseps also had a new husband in her life – or at least a new romance, with her agent Richard Super, who is also divorcing. "Friends insist it is very casual now," said an insider. But Luann has no choice but to do her own well-being at the moment. Cohen said on his SiriusXM show on Monday about de Lesseps: "She makes the decision that is healthy for her and you can do nothing but support that . " While Luann is back at the detox clinic, her friends say that the RHONY star has been spiraling in the last few weeks before her ex and her children filed the lawsuit against them (which happened two weeks after reuniting in Sag Harbor) ,
A source says E! News that those who are close to Luann say that "things have gone for a while," but they have complete confidence that they will be fine. She scheduled a show for the 4th of August, and it's unclear if she'll be out of treatment in time. "Luann is not told to stop working," the source said. "She's the one to be told to slow down and take care of herself."
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