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RHONY’s Leah McSweeney reflects on her sobriety journey amid pandemic

Leah McSweeney is able to be Luann de Lesseps’ sober “wing girl.”

The “Actual Housewives of New York Metropolis” co-stars mentioned their sobriety through the Season 13 premiere on Tuesday after de Lesseps, 55, requested McSweeney, 38, whether or not she was consuming.

“Throughout COVID, I used to be going backwards and forwards as a result of you understand how it goes. ‘I can do that. I can management this a part of my life,’” the Married to the Mob founder started. “However I’m realizing now, I actually simply can’t. I actually can’t. It’s a scary factor, you recognize, and I’m combating it, and I simply needed to know the place your head is at.”

McSweeney confessed that she hadn’t had a sip of alcohol since March 31, 2020, noting that her battle was totally different than de Lesseps’ as a result of she “had a reference level” and “didn’t drink for therefore a few years” — in contrast to the newly sober countess.

McSweeney beforehand informed Web page Six through the Paley Heart for Media’s panel that she had no intention of discussing her rocky relationship with alcohol when she joined the present final season.

Nonetheless, in her first episode of Season 12, she informed the digicam, “Me and alcohol have a really bizarre relationship. I didn’t drink for 9 years, and I began once more perhaps six months in the past.”

McSweeney was visibly drunk in a number of scenes all through her first season and determined to stop the bottle for good consequently.

She stated, “In hindsight, I’m so completely happy we did that. I’m so grateful, as a result of I get so many direct messages and feedback about it, and people who find themselves like, ‘Hey, I finished additionally’ or ‘I’ve some years sober, and I watched you and [decided] I actually don’t need to begin consuming once more.’”

The dialog in Tuesday’s episode ended with McSweeney agreeing to be de Lesseps’ “wing girl.”

The style designer additionally mirrored on her sobriety forward of the premiere, writing on Instagram that she bought energy from her late grandmother.

She shared, “So I’m sort of feeling prefer it’s my first season once more! I don’t need to give an excessive amount of away however wow we filmed throughout a difficult 12 months. A lot had modified on this planet in addition to for me personally. I’m actually pleased with what we did. And on the identical time so unhappy Grandma Marie isn’t right here to ship me her weekly texts analyzing the episodes. She was my rock and there’s a planet sized gap in my life with out her. I wasn’t certain how I’d keep abstinent from booze however at any time when I felt like consuming I bought energy simply occupied with her ✨ Ps. I really like you gals @sonjatmorgan @ebonikwilliams @ramonasinger @countessluann Thanks for making me chuckle a lot throughout a 12 months that will’ve in any other case been lame❤️.”

“The Actual Housewives of New York Metropolis” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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