The RHONY star joined the show after being 9 years sober; however, began drinking while on the show and to put it nicely – it wasn’t pretty. Leah is a very chill, cool girl; however, when she drinks, she seems to turn into another person. Leah had admitted that drinking previously almost ruined her life, which is why she got sober in the first place. While she felt that she was able to drink again while on the show, it caused a strain in her family life and left the other women shocked at Leah’s behavior. It seems the final straw for the blonde beauty was Covid-19, as Leah realized that continuing to drink that way, mixed with quarantine, would be a disaster. Speaking to Page Six, Leah stated:
“Once COVID hit, I knew quarantining and the way I drink would not work well together … to say the least. Not drinking during the pandemic has been a complete gift to me, and the nine years of living booze-free has made the transition much easier to deal with. I am so incredibly touched by the outpouring of love and support on social media. I want to remove the stigma and shame surrounding addiction and mental health issues as this is something I’ve been open about and will always continue to be.”
Taking to Instagram, Leah also shared the following photo with the caption: “It’s been a trippy 90 days”
I think it was brave of Leah to share this information with fans, especially since we are only midway through the season, and fans may be quick to judge her actions based on what we see the remainder of the show. I applaud Leah for taking the steps and actions that she felt were necessary to live her best and healthiest life.