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Luann De Lesseps Confirms She’s Drinking Again And “Toasting To A Happy New Year Ahead”

Yeah, she’s drinking (again), Luann! After a long and arduous couple of years, Luann de Lesseps admitted that she’s started drinking alcohol again following the completion of her probation in 2019, and I mean, is anyone surprised?

The Real Housewives of New York City star opened up about her decision to kick off 2020 by imbibing in a new interview on New Year’s Day.

“New Years has been a time of reflection,” the RHONY star told People. “I’ve learned a great deal about myself, and I’m in a very good place and finally back in the driver’s seat.”

The Countess‘ decision comes after viewers watched her struggle through sobriety and a seemingly never-ending host of legal issues over the course of the last two seasons. As fans will recall, Luann was arrested in the middle of Season 10 following a drunken altercation with police in December 2017 involving a hotel room mix-up, death threats and Lu famously slipping out of her handcuffs and making a break for it. Eventually, she was charged with battery of an officer, resisting arrest with violence, threatening a public servant, trespassing and disorderly intoxication.

Of course, the news that Luann is back to drinking makes the storyline she’s been pushing since her arrest a bit…confusing to say the least. As part of her plea deal to avoid more jail time, the RHONY OG voluntarily entered an alcohol treatment center, and returned for a second stay — magnanimously organized by former co-star Bethenny Frankel after a particularly off-the-rails relapse — just one day before the Season 10 reunion.

Then, the cabaret star proceeded to spend all of Season 11 condescending to her fellow Housewives regarding her sobriety, dragging Sonja Morgan to an ill-fated AA meeting, lecturing Tinsley Mortimer about her father’s alcoholism, and even mocking the socialite for slurring her words during an explosive confrontation on the season’s cast trip to Miami.

However, the apparent hypocrisy of those on-camera moments doesn’t seem to matter all that much to the RHONY star anymore now that she’s done with probation. “I’ve always said my journey is day by day,” she exclaimed during the interview. “I’m toasting to a happy new year ahead!”

TELL US – DO YOU THINK LUANN SHOULD BE DRINKING AGAIN? DID SHE USE HER SOBRIETY FOR A STORYLINE ON THE SHOW?

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