Monday, August 28, 2017

LeeAnne Locken Opens Up About Her Recent Health Scare And Explains Why She Tortured Herself ‘Daily’ After RHOD Season 1 Aired!

LeeAnne Locken found herself in the center of the drama during the first season of The Real Housewives of Dallas. Now, the Bravo reality star explains why she didn't enjoy watching herself on the show. “It was miserable, I’m not going to lie to you,” Locken told PEOPLE, looking back at Season 1. “I cried every day of filming, then I was stressed beyond stressed waiting for it to air, and then it aired and I didn’t have myself together because I knew that I was in the wrong.”

“No one in the city looks at me that way. They’re like, ‘Oh my God, Leanne’s the sweetest, Leanne will help anybody’ — I just don’t have that reputation here,” she continues. “So to have it on a national level? It injured my soul.”

Broken and beaten up on social media, Locken made a choice to go to therapy and change. “Was I disappointed in myself? Did I beat myself up about it and torture myself about it daily? Yes — until I realized I needed help so I don’t repeat my mistakes,” she explains. “I said, ”I can get bitter or I can better.’ And I decided to make the bad parts better. I’m truly a person who believes in self-growth every day. And it’s nice to elevate my core — my authenticity and honesty — and to suffocate all that external crap.”

Locken says she came back with a whole new attitude in Season 2. “The exact words I used were, ‘You can’t make me look any worse, so let’s do it!” she recalls. “I’ve pretty much been an ass on camera. But filming [this time] was so much different and so much better. I love to be funny, I love to be witty, I love to have fun — and you get to see that this time around.”

Then, the actress turned reality star opens up about her recent health scare. In early December, during a break between filming, Locken contracted a flesh-eating bacteria that left her in excruciating pain. Nine months later, she says her internal injuries are “just starting to recover.”

“It was the worst health scare I’ve ever had in my entire life,” she says. “It took me three months to kill that thing. I was sleeping 18 hours a day, I couldn’t get out of bed. My veins were collapsing from dehydration. I was at the doctor three times a week. I had to shower twice a day and dry off with a sponge. And took topical and oral medication daily. It was just an exhausting experience. I knew it was not right the second I got it, but I couldn’t have imagined how bad it would be.”

And for those fans looking for a little bit of the old Locken, well, the reality star promises she peaks her head out now and then — like in one scene shown in the season 2 trailer in which she smashes a glass and gets in the face of one of her costars.

“Look, I’m human,” Locken says, in her defense. “I have my moments. The only perfect person to ever walk the planet is Jesus, and I’m going to tell you now — I am nowhere near His level. So if you’re looking for perfection from me? Sweetie I graduated from pageants a log time ago.”

“I’ve made it fairly obvious season 1 how I feel about bulls— and lies. And when you sit there and deflect and talk s— and lie about me to my face, you’re kind of asking for it,” she tells PEOPLE. “If you’re still poking the bear, don’t blame me when the bear eats your damn head off. That’s not my fault!”

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