Luann de Lesseps has never shied away from life. Now is no exception. On this season of Real Housewives Of New York, with her life in turmoil and her most embarrassing moment very on display, she’s making some much-needed realizations. “This is my season for change,” declares the former Countess, sitting in her Penthouse on the precipice of rebuilding her life post-divorce, drinking, and jail.
Luann is also joining the Me Too movement, alleging that music mogul Russell Simmons (also the ex of former Real Housewives Of Potomac star Katie Rost) groped her three years ago in Miami. “He grabbed my ass in an elevator, he was just a pig. I haven’t told anybody about that before. I was grossed out. I was like ‘How dare you.’ He invaded me, he took advantage of me, being who he is, thinking he is all ‘it,’ all everything. He thought he could just do that. I looked at him and said, ‘Don’t ever do that again.’”
She announced their separation right after they taped the reunion episodes, so of course, the cast still made it “all about Tom.”
As much as I adore every woman in the Real Housewives of New York cast, there’s no way that anyone other than Luann de Lesseps could have joined Andy Cohen in the Bravo clubhouse for the first Watch What Happens Live episode following the Season 10 premiere.
Her Season 10 tagline really says it all: “The most interesting people make the best headlines.” And if we are judging based on those parameters, Luann is the most interesting cast member going into this season. We will see a post-divorce Luann dealing with the Tom D’Agostino breakup, the aftermath of her arrest, life after rehab, her rise from the ashes to cabaret stardom. This show has a great cast, but just focusing on Luann alone, it’s clear she’s givingthe fandom A LOT this season.
2017 has been a banner year for the cursed reality TV marriage. It seemed like every time we blinked another reality star filed for divorce!
Some were predictable (ahem Luann de Lesseps and Shannon Beador), while others came as a complete surprise (like Little Women: LA‘s Briana Renee FINALLY kicking sleazy Matt Ericson to the curb or Dr. Jackie Walter‘s husband being caught cheating). And in the middle there were a whole host of other unlucky in love really stars. Including a who a few who actually tied the knot ON TV – only to split in front of the cameras as well.
Below is our rundown of 2017’s reality star divorces. Here’s hoping for many less in 2018!
When Tom learned that his ex was arrested in Palm Beach after a tryst gone very awry, he reportedly told friends that he was feeling “shocked” and “really sad for Luann and her family that they had to go through this over the holidays.”
I am not ready for the Countess to turn into this level of a hot mess yet. Nope. Unacceptable! Alas, it sounds like Luann de Lesseps took a page out of Kim Richards’ messy playbook this week when she was arrested in Palm Beach, FL, for resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. The Real Housewives Of New York star was allegedly highly intoxicated during the tussle, and had apparently stumbled into someone else’s hotel room – where she was “in bed with an unidentified man.” Oh, man. This is all very uncool.
Hotel security came to eject Luann and her buddy from Room 407 of the Colony hotel in Palm Beach. The couple was registered for Room 327, but had apparently wandered into the wrong room “while a maid was finishing turn down service” – so they just decided to crash there!
If there’s one person who I bet can’t wait for 2017 to end it’s Luann de Lesseps. She got married on New Years Eve and was divorced from Tom D’Agostino before Christmas, and now she’s once again starting over. With a little help from her Real Housewives Of New York family.
“We’re a discombobulated Housewives family. At the same time, we are family, you know what we mean? So I think we’ll like always be together,” Luann explained. Dorinda added, “We actually really enjoy each other’s company. I mean it goes to the left sometimes but we do have fun! We laugh so much.”