The Real Housewives of New Yorkstar has detailed her struggles with alcohol throughout the current season of the Bravo drama, including opening up about her arrest and decision to enter an alcohol treatment center late last year. In order to focus on her health, de Lesseps will not attend the upcoming taping of the Season 10 reunion. The reality star only authorized her co-star Bethenny Frankel to speak on behalf of her decision to enter treatment again.
"This weekend, Luann was surrounded by her girlfriends and decided -- with their support -- that in light of recent circumstances, it is the healthiest choice for her not to attend Tuesday's reunion taping so that she can continue in her healing process," Frankel told People. "Luann is now surrounded by a core group of people who truly have her best interests at heart and who are working to make sure she gets the help she needs."
"Bravo has been very supportive of Luann during this time. It's a brave and honest decision by her, and everyone is rallying around her and wants the best for her," Frankel continued.
According to Frankel, de Lessep's decision was influenced in part by the recent lawsuit her ex-husband and two children filed against her. According to the suit, which was first reported by The Blast last week, as part of the divorce settlement between Luann and Alexandre de Lesseps, Luann was supposed to use the proceeds of selling their Bridgehampton, New York, home to create a trust for their children Victoria and Noel. Now, Alexandre, Victoria and Noel are suing Luann, claiming that when she sold the home for $8 million she didn't use the funds to create a trust and instead used the money to purchase a new house nearby.
"Recent additional family stress was a catalyst to her taking a break," Frankel said.
Bravo also shared a statement putting their full support behind Luann, who is one of the original New York Housewives. "Bravo supports Luann's decision to focus on her health," the network said in a statement. "She is part of the Bravo family and we continue to stand by her as she copes with this challenging situation. At this time, we hope everyone will respect her privacy."
Real Housewives of New York airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Bravo.