Leah McSweeney is ready to be Luann de Lesseps’ sober “wing woman.”
The “Real Housewives of New York City” co-stars discussed their sobriety during the Season 13 premiere on Tuesday after de Lesseps, 55, asked McSweeney, 38, whether she was drinking.
“During COVID, I was going back and forth because you know how it goes. ‘I can do this. I can control this part of my life,’” the Married to the Mob founder began. “But I’m realizing now, I really just can’t. I really can’t. It’s a scary thing, you know, and I’m struggling with it, and I just wanted to know where your head is at.”
McSweeney confessed that she hadn’t had a sip of alcohol since March 31, 2020, noting that her struggle was different than de Lesseps’ because she “had a reference point” and “didn’t drink for so many years” — unlike the newly sober countess.
McSweeney previously told Page Six during the Paley Center for Media’s panel that she had no intention of discussing her rocky relationship with alcohol when she joined the show last season.
However, in her first episode of Season 12, she told the camera, “Me and alcohol have a very weird relationship. I didn’t drink for nine years, and I started again maybe six months ago.”
McSweeney was visibly drunk in several scenes throughout her first season and decided to quit the bottle for good as a result.
She said, “In hindsight, I’m so happy we did that. I am so grateful, because I get so many direct messages and comments about it, and people who are like, ‘Hey, I stopped also’ or ‘I have some years sober, and I watched you and [decided] I really don’t want to start drinking again.’”
The conversation in Tuesday’s episode ended with McSweeney agreeing to be de Lesseps’ “wing woman.”
The fashion designer also reflected on her sobriety ahead of the premiere, writing on Instagram that she got strength from her late grandmother.
She shared, “So I’m kind of feeling like it’s my first season all over again! I don’t want to give too much away but wow we filmed during a challenging year. So much had changed in the world as well as for me personally. I’m really proud of what we did. And at the same time so sad Grandma Marie isn’t here to send me her weekly texts analyzing the episodes. She was my rock and there is a planet sized hole in my life without her. I wasn’t sure how I’d stay abstinent from booze but whenever I felt like drinking I got strength just thinking about her ✨ Ps. I love you gals @sonjatmorgan @ebonikwilliams @ramonasinger @countessluann Thank you for making me laugh so much during a year that would’ve otherwise been lame❤️.”
“The Real Housewives of New York City” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.