Luann de Lesseps admits staying sober is a challenge -- especially under pandemic lockdowns -- but she says it's put her in a better headspace to cope during trying times.
"The Real Housewives of New York City" star joined "TMZ Live" Thursday to chat about her ongoing sobriety and what she's been doing to help her along ... including yoga, meditation, and making "diva" music.
Luann understands why studies show alcohol use is way up since the pandemic began in March -- people turn to booze to ease pain -- but she says, for her, it only raised her anxiety level ... something no one needs more of these days.
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In fact, the 'RHONY' star says sobriety has her feeling like she has control of her life again, and she's expressing that with a new song ... "Viva La Diva."
Luann shared a preview of her latest single which drops Friday -- which makes it clear she's proud to let her diva flag fly.
As you may know ... Luann's path to sobriety followed her Christmas Eve 2017 arrest after an alleged drunken dispute with cops in Palm Beach. A judge placed her on probation in 2018 and ordered her to stay off drugs and alcohol ... and it's obviously had a profound impact on her life. Between her song, and her makeup line, her WFH life is boomin'!