Luann de Lesseps going back into rehab might have shocked fans, but the people closest to her knew she was only pretending to be sober for weeks now … TMZ has learned. Sources close to the ‘Real Housewives’ star tell us she fell off the wagon…
As previously previewed, The Real Housewives of New York City are getting ready to set sail on the boat trip from Hell.
But People Magazine now confirms that Luann de Lesseps is getting ready for a very different, far more important kind of trip:
She is checking back into rehab.
The 53-year-old will be seeking help for the second time after attending an alcohol treatment program last year, following her arrest for some very drunken and ugly behavior in Florida.
Bethenny Frankel actually confirmed the development to People.
She told the publication that Luann considers the problem so serious that she must begin addressing it immediately and will therefore miss the upcoming Season10 reunion special.
“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 explains, adding:
“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.”
The long-time reality star was arrested just before Christmas for allegedly kicking a police officer.
Reportedly very drunk at the time of the incident, Luann reacted to a confrontation with cops in a Florida hotel room by screaming that she would “kill” them all and by violently attacking at least one officer, according to reports.
She was booked on the charges of battery on a law enforcement officer; resisting arrest with violence; corruption by threat.
Just days later, Luann checked into rehab for the first time.
“After the events of last Saturday night in Palm Beach, I am truly embarrassed,” said de Lesseps at the time.
“I have decided to seek professional guidance and will be voluntarily checking into an alcohol treatment center. I intend to turn this unfortunate incident into a positive life changing event.
“Once again, I sincerely apologize for my actions. I have the greatest respect for police officers and the job they do.
“My actions alleged in the police report do not reflect my core values and my law abiding character.”
This is her mug shot from the arrest:
In this instance, her cable network home has said the following:
Bravo supports Luann’s decision to focus on her health.
“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.”
Her decision to return to rehab comes days after news broke that her first husband, Alexandre de Lesseps, her daughter, Victoria de Lesseps, and son, Noel de Lesseps, filed a lawsuit against her over an $ 8 million home sale.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Luann breached a stipulation of settlement in her divorce by failing to create a trust “for the benefit of her two children.”
Frankel acknowledges that such “family stress” has served as a “catalyst” for her co-star to realize she needs help.
We wish Luann the best of luck.
Catelynn Lowell has been having a really, really tough time lately.
If you keep up with Teen Mom even the tiniest bit, you know that much.
Catelynn’s struggles began many, many years ago, technically, with an alcoholic mother and a somewhat absent father, and things only got worse for her when she got pregnant as a teenager and placed her daughter for adoption.
She made the best choice for the child, but as we’ve seen over the years, it’s been an extremely difficult thing for her to carry.
But that’s all background stuff — things got extra bad last fall, when she and husband Tyler Baltierra got pregnant with their third child only to have a miscarriage.
The miscarriage was documented on Teen Mom OG, and it was tough to watch, to say the least.
She and Tyler both said that they felt like they were grieving a child, and while he was clearly having trouble dealing with his emotions, Catelynn actually began contemplating suicide.
Fortunately she was able to to realize how serious things were before she acted on any of those thoughts, and she checked into a treatment center in Arizona, the same one she visited in 2016 for postpartum depression.
That time, she checked out early so she could spend Christmas with her family, but she quickly realized that she wasn’t ready to be home yet.
She checked back in to complete her six-week program, then went home just before New Year’s.
A few weeks later, she shocked fans when she announced that she’d be returning for yet another six weeks of treatment, this time to get her medications sorted and to start working through some childhood trauma.
When we saw it all play out on the show, the situation was even worse than we thought, because it was clear Tyler didn’t fully support her decision to leave their daughter for another long, out-of-state stay.
The topic of divorce came up more than once then.
But off she went again, and in March, she came back home for good.
Since then, it’s seemed like she’s been doing a lot better.
She’s been staying off of Twitter for the past couple of months, something that was reccommended for her during rehab, and she’s been spending a lot of time bonding with her daughter.
However, yesterday she made a new post on Instagram that’s got a whole, whole lot of people concerned.
The image she shared is a quote, one that reads “I’m scared of the future. I’m scared of the past. I’m nervous at the moment.”
For her caption, she wrote “I’m so scared right now… but I know that everything that is supposed to happen will happen… whatever my destiny is will be…. I got this….. I’m strong….”
And that doesn’t sound too great.
It actually sounds a lot like the kinds of things she said immediately before checking into rehab last time — remember, on the show, we heard her mantra of “I’m beautiful, I’m smart, I’m strong”?
Judging by the comments on her post, her followers are pretty sure that one of two things is happening.
One, she’s checking into treatment again.
Or two, she’s pregnant.
Honestly, both options are pretty believable.
She’s struggled with her mental health for several years now, and so it wouldn’t be too surprising if at any point she felt the need to do some intensive work on that front.
And it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to believe that she’s pregnant, since she and Tyler have been open about how they still plan on expanding their family.
It would also make sense that she’d be scared if she was pregnant, considering how traumatizing each of her three pregnancies were for her.
Thankfully, the vast majority of her followers were very supportive of her in the comments.
And whatever it is that’s going on with her, it’s obvious that she is strong, regardless of how scared she may be right now.
As always, best wishes, Catelynn!
But she has bigger concerns, including her health. But she’s taking the steps that she needs to stay well.
Including, it’s reported, avoiding alcohol at all costs following her latest stint in rehab.
Page Six reports that Selena Gomez held a dry party at her California home last week to celebrate a friend’s birthday.
“Alcohol was not at the party.”
That’s what a dry party means.
“Selena is really focusing on her health.”
They mention that Selena did a two week stint in a luxury rehab facility, Prive-Swiss in Connecticut, back in February.
It is also mentioned that she reportedly continues to receive support of some kind from their program, though that could mean … almost anything.
“It was a family friendly party with a bouncy house and kids.”
Perhaps alcohol wouldn’t have been a good fit for that party, anyway.
In case you’re wondering if Selena has just decided that she’s done being fun, a couple of things.
One, drinking can be great, but if you need to drink to have fun, you have a problem. That’s not an insult, that’s a fact.
Two, we suspect that Selena’s focus on her health has to do with her ongoing battle with Lupus and the fact that she has only one kidney … a kidney donated to her by her very good friend Francia Raisa.
Kidneys are responsible for filtering your blood. A lot of people associate drinking with the liver, which is accurate, but heavy drinking can be hard on your kidneys.
We’re not suggesting that Selena is or has been a heavy drinker.
We’re just saying that she’s playing it safe and playing it smart because she values her life and her health.
Over the weekend, Selena joined her very good friend Taylor Swift at the Rose Bowl, which is a sporting event featuring college football.
Afterwards, Selena posted a selfie of the two of them being adorable together.
In the captions of the photo, she wrote:
“I’m grateful for those I surround myself with.”
Selena’s inner circle is very supportive.
“And this woman right here happens to be one of my favorites.”
That is so sweet.
“Love our tradition and I love you.”
Selena is obviously taking care of her health — her kidney transplant was less than a year ago, after all.
But some wonder if her party in California was as dry as it was for her sake, or for someone else’s.
First of all, it was a party for a friend.
Perhaps that friend is no longer drinking. Or hey, maybe a different friend who was invited isn’t drinking. A lot of people will go out of their way to accommodate those whom they love.
Or maybe there was no alcohol because it was a party featuring children. Not all parties are built alike, folks.
Someone who is avoiding alcohol for their health (or because they’re the designated driver, etc) rather than because they have a problem with alcohol can be around people drinking.
So let’s not make a mountain out of a molehill and assume that, if we see Selena toast with champagne, that she’s “off the wagon.”
But all of this is a reminder that Selena’s health issues did not go away when Francia gave her that life-saving kidney transplant.
Selena still has Lupus. And now she has to grapple with making sure that her body does not reject the donated kidney.
Her health battle will probably continue for a long time. She deserves so much better.
Teen Mom OG viewers will recognize Amber Baltierra, the sister of Tyler Baltierra.
While Tyler has recently discussed the fact that he is bipolar, Amber has her own troubles. Hers, it seems, have been getting worse.
And now it is revealed that she will be checking herself in to a 90-day stint in rehab. But why?
Amber tells fans that she is going away by sharing a couple of (filtered) photos of her children, writing on Instagram:
“These two. They are my rock. My motivation. My inspiration.”
That’s exactly what we want to hear from any parent.
“The reason I breathe and wake up every day.”
At times, her message slips from being about her children to being directed at her children.
“Mommy loves you [two] more than you guys may know right now.”
She says that she is doing this for them.
“You both deserve nothing but the best and I will give that to you.”
In talking about how much she will miss her kids, she reveals how long she will be away.
“I’m gonna miss you these 90 days.”
That’s a very long time. But she knows that they will be okay.
“I know dad and everyone else will keep you busy this summer.”
Her thoughts will always be with her children.
“Just know I love you both with every fiber in me.”
This step, which she is taking for herself, will also help her to be their parent.
“When mom gets home she’s gonna be the best woman I can be and an even better mom.”
Teen Mom fans already understand that Catelynn Lowell’s mental illness does not make her a bad mom. So surely they can understand that Amber’s troubles don’t meant hat she loves her kids any less.
She does not explain why she is entering rehab, but she does write:
“I’ll pray for your comfort and happiness everyday I’m not with you.”
That is so sweet.
“Show the world [you’re] my babies and you guys are strong and can get through anything.”
And she shares some words of inspiration with them:
“Because well, you got Baltierra blood and it don’t get stronger than that”
Her estranged husband, Billy Wade Elkins Jr., tells RadarOnline that Amber Baltierra will undergo treatment at a Texas rehab facility. And she’s leaving very soon.
“She’s going to Texas. She leaves Friday.”
Her father, Butch Baltierra, had already confirmed that she would be doing a stint in rehab.
Though Amber did not specify why she is entering rehab, it is reported that this may be for relationship issues as well as alleged drug use.
We hope that this experience helps her.
(Also, check out this throwback that she shared of her and Tyler)
One insider claims to RadarOnline that, in their opinion, Amber is going to rehab as a sort of … vacation?
“I think it’s an excuse to ditch her responsibility as an adult.”
They say that she is no genuinely trying to change.
“Not to really get any help.”
This source does not expect to be overwhelmed by the results of Amber’s 90 days away.
“I’d be very surprised if she came out changed for the better.”
This insider also thinks that it may be some sort of stunt.
“Amber in my opinion is only going to therapy for attention and what it does for the show.”
Overall, this person clearly does not think highly of Amber.
“She’s just irresponsible, immature, so maybe it’ll get her act together.” Yikes.
We wish Amber Baltierra the best of luck during her rehab stint.
We can only imagine how much she will miss her children. She’s planning to be gone until August, folks.
And while we’re sure that Tyler understands, Catelynn Lowell only returned from rehab last February. Now, his sister is entering a facility.
It’s good that they’re getting help, but he has to be missing these important figures in his life while they’re away.
Before she embarked on one of Hollywood’s most monumental comebacks, Drew Barrymore’s name was synonymous with the dangers of childhood stardom.
Barrymore checked into rehab for the first time when she was 13 years old after first experimenting with hard drugs when she was only nine.
It would take a second round of in-patient care for Barrymore to get sober for good, but by the time she was 14, the actress had kicked the habits that could have claimed her young life.
One might think that after struggling mightily and finally getting clean at such a young age, Barrymore would steer clear of intoxicants for life.
But many former addicts can attest to the power of the complacency that often accompanies especially long periods of sobriety.
Alcoholics, in particular, are said to be vulnerable to the false sense of security that comes with several years off the sauce.
They might look at family and friends enjoying a drink socially and believe that they’re capable of doing the same.
In many cases, they might be right.
More often, however, the situation ends in disaster … and friends of Drew’s believe she’s in the process of learning that lesson the hard way.
According to Life & Style, friends of the actress were shocked to see her exhibiting signs of intoxication during a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
Cohen often drinks with his guests, and Drew has her own brand of wine, so there was nothing terribly surprising about her decision to enjoy a glass while on the show.
But Barrymore’s alleged slurring and out-of-character behavior.
“They’re very concerned about Drew,” a source tells tabloid.
“They fear it’s only a matter of time before she crashes and burns.”
The insider says Drew’s friends have already staged an informal intervention in hopes of convincing the actress to seek help”
“The bottom line is that Drew’s an alcoholic and she’s drinking again,” the source continues. “She’s not hiding it.”
The insider adds that Barrymore’s inner circle has implored her to “rein it in before she hits rock bottom again.”
Here’s hoping Drew is able to find whatever sort of help she needs.
So something funny happened after the season finale of Teen Mom OG aired this week …
Believe it or not, against all odds, Catelynn Lowell became the most hated cast member on the whole entire show.
Or, OK, maybe not the most hated, but if you follow online conversations about Teen Mom, you'll see that Cate has been getting a whole, whole lot of backlash for what happened during this week's show.
Does she deserve the criticism for returning to rehab shortly after checking out?
2. Doing Well?
3. Not So Fast
4. Sad, Sad, Sad
5. Poor Everyone
On Twitter, Catelynn Lowell has been celebrating her sobriety. She says that she’s been sober for months, now.
But on Teen Mom OG, which is filmed earlier, she’s still in the process of explaining to her husband why she needs to go to rehab in the first place.
She lays out those reasons very clearly.
On Monday’s episode of Teen Mom OG, Catelynn Lowell explained to her husband, Tyler Baltierra, exactly why she had to return to rehab.
“It’s nothing to do with you, Tyler. It’s my inner child s–t. I’m telling you right now, it’s nothing to do with what you do.”
Of course it isn’t his fault, but it’s sad that her childhood is still plaguing her as an adult. That is far too common.
And she cites some specific traumas that continue to haunt her.
“It’s me being a f–king 12-year-old and my dad leaving or me being, like, 8 and my mom drinking all the time and not being there.”
That is just heartbreaking.
“It’s my own s–t. It’s just coming out when things go on in life.”
Catelynn continues, saying:
“That’s how trauma works.”
She’s exactly right.
And she did a better and more succinct job of explaining how trauma in childhood can contribute to things like alcohol abuse as an adult than plenty of experts.
She then went on to assure husband Tyler Baltierra that, of course, her entering rehab did not reflect on him.
“It’s nothing to do with you, you’re awesome. You’re supportive.”
After Catelynn Lowell tweeted her support for fellow Teen Mom star Amber Portwood, someone on Twitter nastily chose to characterize the two of them as “drug addicts.”
Catelynn’s response was positively classy, as she wrote:
“We’re not drug addicts but whatever helps you sleep at night.”
She went on to celebrate her enduring sobriety, responding to a much more polite fan’s question by writing:
“Been sober for going on 5 months.”
One fan — very politely — asked for clarification, wanting to know if Catelynn was using the term “sober” under the strictest terms or if she meant from all mind-altering substances.
Catelynn clarified that she had even quit using marijuana.
Though marijuana is widely regarded to be safe by the medical community, it can sometimes be used as a “crutch” to avoid processing emotions.
Some find that long-term use can exacerbate whatever issues they were trying to avoid.
Unfortunately, sometimes people find that they have to face their problems instead of self-medicating for them.
Catelynn found that she’d seen an improvement once she’d cut off all substances that let her distance herself from her own thoughts.
Can we just acknowledge for a moment that it is deeply refreshing to hear someone explain trauma and its long-term effects and the role that it plays in addiction?
Most people are accustomed to hearing that spelled out in wildly clinical terms.
We have to wonder how many viewers sat there are listened to Catelynn talk and faced sudden realizations about what had led to their own behaviors.
Watch Teen Mom online if you want to continue to keep up with Catelynn’s struggle.
Tyler Baltierra has struggled with his mental health for a long, long time.
Catelynn Lowell has problems of her own too, of course, and there's definitely a focus on hers on Teen Mom OG, but fans will know that Tyler hasn't had it easy, either.
He and Catelynn both grew up in the same kind of toxic environment, after all, and they both had a very hard time after placing their daughter for adoption when they were teenagers.
For the past few months, Tyler has been becoming more and more vocal about how bad things have gotten for him.
But are they so bad that he'll head off to a treatment center like Catelynn did?