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Having class with the countess means admitting when you’re down for the count – in this case it means Luann de Lesseps checking into rehab following an arrest for drunken and disorderly conduct.

A few months sober, the Real Housewives Of New York star can’t believe how much better her life has become since seeking help. “At this point in my life, I don’t want to drink, nor do I have interest in drinking,” Luann reveals. “Rehab saved my life. It was the best thing that I could do for myself and I’m so glad I did that.”

Unsurprisingly if you’ve paid any attention to the news lately it will be a wild ride for the Countess this season. “You’re gonna start from seeing me getting divorced and then getting progressively worse,” laughs Luann. “Until I rise again. I really feel like I’ve been through the ringer and now I’ve gotten to a place where I’m so happy… ”

Luann credits “yoga and cabaret” and rap music for being the light in her storm. “This whole experience for me has been where I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve learned that when you make mistakes and screw up it just sets you on the path that you’re supposed to be on.”

“It was a rough thing to go through personally and embarrassing and something that I’m not proud of,” Luann continues. “I’m not perfect, I screwed up and I hope that people can see that.”

Shockingly Luann also found a sincere friend in Bethenny Frankel. “The ladies have been very supportive…,” she told Extra. “In particular, Bethenny has been amazing… She recognizes what I’ve been through and where I’ve come to.”

Luann describes cabaret as her “calling” and is excited to be focusing her energies creatively. Instead of partying or chasing down men. “I love to sing, I love to tell jokes and I love to hold court and be the hostess,” Luann shares. “Cabaret is the perfect venue for me.” Yes and perfect for special guests like “Caburlesque” star Sonja Morgan!

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[Photo Credit: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Extra]

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