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Luann de Lesseps Opens Up About Recent Relapse And Season 13 Of ‘RHONY’; Says “It Was Very Tumultuous, In Terms Of Making It A Very Different Season From Others”

Luann de Lesseps is teasing what Bravo viewers can expect from the current season of The Real Housewives of New York City, which premiered last week on Wednesday, May 4.

“We filmed during Black Lives Matter, COVID, and an election,” Luann told the Daily News. “It was very tumultuous, in terms of making it a very different season from others,” she said.

The “Money Can’t Buy You Class” singer admits she “felt very blessed” to be among friends during an otherwise “isolated” time.

Eboni K. Williams joined the show, making history as the first African-American cast member of the series. So how did Lu felt about Williams joining the show?

“I was happy because we live in New York City and we’re a very diverse city,” de Lesseps said about welcoming the “strong, beautiful” Williams. “I think she fits very well into the mix of the group.”

The Bravo reality star also teases what viewers can expect about the upcoming cast trip, which they filmed in Salem, Massachusetts.

“We went to Salem, which was great,” said de Lesseps. “We took in a lot of the history around the area and the witch culture, which I didn’t even know was still existing.

“And the hotel was haunted,” she laughed. “So you’ll see that going down.”

The mother-of-two also opened up about her recent relapse. “Relapse is a part of recovery,” she told Daily News. “And each time, I get closer and closer to the woman that I wanna be, you know what I mean? And I feel like, sure, we all make mistakes. We all slip up, but it’s about how you pick yourself up. And listen, I’ve had some rough things happen in the past, as you know, and I was able to get on stage and perform and build a cabaret career out of it. And so I feel the same about drinking. It’s like every time, I get closer and closer to where I want to be and that’s being sober.”

Luann is currently working on a few projects, including an alcohol-free sparkling rosé and a Christmas song, for which her proceeds will go to the formerly incarcerated women supported by the Fortune Society.

“I feel totally blessed that during what’s happened in the world and COVID and everything else that we’re working. And we’re, hopefully, giving a lot of pleasure to people during a time which has been so difficult,” said de Lesseps.


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