Real Housewives of New York legend Luann de Lesseps hasn’t settled into a home since her first divorce. Of course she has the house in the Hamptons, but she has been relocating in Manhattan many times since leaving the home she shared with Count Alex de Lesseps.
Luann bought some sort of spherical abode in upstate New York for a short time. Then there was the hasty move into Tom D’Agostino’s penthouse. That was more of a status symbol situation than a marriage, but Luann weathered the humiliation for seven months. Maybe memories of holding court on the accompanying terrace were some consolation for Luann. Though the terrace is off limits for her now, Luann has found herself within sights of its majesty again.
Luann de Lesseps is a maven of cabaret. She a current star of Real Housewives of New York. And, not for nothing, Luann is also cool – not all like, uncool. Luann is also very unlucky in love, it seems. When Lu joined RHONY, she was… THE COUNTESS. She was married to Alex de Lesseps, a real live French diplomat who may or may not have ditched Luann for an Ethiopian princess. Lu licked her wounds and eventually moved on to another Frenchman, Jacques Azoulay. We all loved French Ross Geller and it appeared Lu did too – until a rogue pirate in St. Barths with a penchant for guyliner put more than a kink in their relationship.
Somehow Luann eventually found herself involved with
douche CEO Tom D’Agostino. Tom, much like Harry Dubin, made himself a regular fixture on the Housewives dating circuit. Unfortunately for Luann, their dating lead to engagement, which lead to Luann going off the rails. In the wake of Luann’s affair of the heart and Tom’s affair in general, Lu’s mind was less on relationships and more on not getting arrested again. After trying her luck on a dating site, Lu met personal trainer Garth Wakeford. Now, after several months of going out, we learn Garth is partying on without Luann.
Luann de Lesseps’ tenure on Real Housewives of New York has been an exercise in maintaining the image. She’s been living with the Countess persona even though the title doesn’t apply anymore. After her divorce from Count Alex de Lesseps, Luann kept up her persona and title. It was only when Luann married Tom D’Agostino and lost her Countess title that, symbolically, the façade crumbled. During that relationship, she ignored all advice and evidence in favor of keeping the optics of a happy and successful marriage.
After Luann’s December 2017 arrest in Palm Beach, her battle with alcohol became public. And it also became a focal point on the show. Luann’s scenes became a dichotomy between the focus on staying sober, and her blossoming career as a cabaret star.
Despite celebrating six months of sobriety earlier this month, Luann de Lesseps has decided to check back into rehab.
Friends and sources say that the lawsuit from her ex-husband and children over a violation of her divorce agreement pushed Luann over the edge. Luann will also miss the Real Housewives Of New York reunion filming to remain in treatment. Priorities, from a housewife? Now I really am shocked!
It’s not often I can say “shocking news” when it comes to a reality star, but this year Luann de Lesseps is definitely making the best headlines. In the most interesting way. The latest is that Luann is being sued by her ex husband and her children for allegedly violating divorce agreement over the kids’ trust funds.
Luann and Count Alexandre divorced in 2009, and as part of the split she got possession of their Bridgehamptons home. Luann subsequently sold the home for $8 million to purchase a smaller house in Sag Harbor for $3.1 million. It always seemed like Luann had kept her finances together and accepted that she’s no longer living an Uber-wealthy lifestyle (unlike some of her fellow divorced Real Housewives Of New York stars. Ahem… Sonja!). Until now.
Luann de Lesseps, now going by Luann D’Agostino (she will never be without her Extra D), wants everyone to know that she and Tom D’Agostino are completely in love and their marriage is very much closed – well except for the plethora of Real Housewives Of New York who can’t keep their noses out of what’s happening under Luann’s sheets!
Dorinda Medley also agrees that it’s time to leave Tom and Luann be.
On the season premiere, Ramona Singer used her crazy eyes to hypnotize Luann into believing she truly wishes her and Tom all the happiness in the world, and will stop speculating about their relationship. Then Ramona guzzled some Pinot and resumed her Googling.
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Who wants to know more about the life and times of Luann de Lesseps? If you answered “yes”, then Bravo has a treat for you – an hour long look into what happens before you join the largest reality TV franchise in history. Dust off your book of etiquette and brush up on your française, because it’s time to chat with The Countess of Real Housewives of New York.
Here’s what I learned: Luann is a tough cookie, is super photogenic, knows how to sniff out a good man, and can rock a sequined red dress like nobody’s business. OK, there’s a bit more.
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