Ebene Magazine – RHONY’s Leah McSweeney reflects on her journey of sobriety amid a pandemic


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 if she was drinking.

“During COVID, I went back and forth because you know how to do it. ‘I can do this. I can control this part of my life, ”began the founder of Married to the Mob. « But I now realize that I really can’t. I really can’t. It’s a scary thing, you know, and I struggle with it, and I just wanted to know where your head is. »

McSweeney confessed that she had not had a sip of alcohol since March 31, 2020, noting that her fight was different from de Lesseps’ because she “had a point of reference” and “has not drank for so many years” – im Contrasted with the newly sober Countess.

McSweeney told the Paley Center for Media panel that she had no intention of discussing her rocky relationship with alcohol when she came to the show last season. </ On her first episode of season 12, however, she said to the camera, “I and alcohol have a very strange relationship. I haven't had a drink in nine years and started again maybe six months ago. "

McSweeney was visibly drunk in several scenes in her first season and decided to ditch the bottle for good.

She said, » In retrospect, I’m so glad we did. I’m so grateful for getting so many direct messages and comments on it and people saying, « Hey, I quit too » or « I’ve been sober for a few years and I’ve been watching you and [decided] that I should really don’t « . I don’t want to start drinking again. ‘”

The fashion designer also thought about her sobriety before the premiere and wrote on Instagram that her late grandmother gave her strength.

She shared: » I have the feeling that it is mine again First season is! I don’t want to give too much away, but wow, we filmed in a challenging year. So much had changed both in the world and for me personally. I’m really proud of what we did. And at the same time Grandma Marie is not here to send me her weekly texts analyzing the consequences. She was my rock and there is a planet-sized hole in my life without her. I wasn’t sure how I got on alcohol but whenever I felt like drinking I got the strength to just think about their Ps. I love you girls @sonjatmorgan @ebonikwilliams @ramonasinger @countessluann Thanks for making me laugh like that in a year that is otherwise lame would have been. « 

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