There were a lot of fights, a lot of tears, and a lot of bottles of Pinot on this season of Real Housewives of New York City. But castmate LuAnn de Lesseps, better known as The Countess, was juggling more than just her responsibilities to the show: Being a mom to two teenagers, releasing a pair of dance singles, and a new relationship with boyfriend Jacques kept her busy all year. In this exclusive interview with Wetpaint Entertainment, the Countess dishes on her finest bon mots, life after divorce, and the very Ramotional reunion.
Wetpaint Entertainment: Do you get the urge to answer your phone by saying, “This is the Countess speaking"? Have you done that yet?
Countess LuAnn: [laughing] No, I haven’t. That’s just the song, but I have an iPhone app which I’m going to add that to — an app where you have “Even Louis Vuitton makes mistakes,” all of the good lines from the show.
Fantastic. What else does the app do?
You can ask me questions, you can take your picture with me, you can get my tips on etiquette, you can hear these great lines. There’s a lot of parts to the app — those are just some of them.
This felt like your season on Real Housewives of New York, that they really focused on you. How did you feel about how you were portrayed this year?
I think that it definitely was my season. Being in love and being happy again really changed a lot for me. When you’re happy, it shows. And that came across this season, more than any other season, because I was going through a troubled marriage, so that’s never easy, and then to be on a show on top of that isn’t easy, but I had the right foot forward this season, and it showed, and good things came to me. Natalie Cole came to me! I felt really fortunate to be able to show people out there that there is life after divorce. I was singing and doing my thing regardless of what the women have to say about it.
When you performed recently at Splash [in New York City], you joked that there was no Pinot left in Manhattan because of Ramona. But in the reunion show, Ramona deflects those accusations back onto Jill, and calls Jill’s relationship with alcohol into question. What’s your take on the whole situation?
I think that Ramona was wrong to go after Jill and AA — I mean, that’s the whole point of AA, to be anonymous — and if Jill was at a meeting, and she said she was there with a friend...I mean, it really just goes to show you that Ramona has no —
— Exactly. Thank you. When Ramona gets pushed into a corner, she lashes out to get the topic off of herself and what issues she might have. Instead of defending herself in a real way, she just deflects it to somebody else.
Watching the scene with you and Ramona play out in the finale, when she went after your parenting in a way that was pretty ugly and low — and then you say something in the reunion about how you two agreed never to sink to that level. How do you feel about that now?
I don’t think Ramona really understood how upsetting that was for me and my children. Doesn’t she think that my children will see that? Being a single parent of two teenagers is hard enough, without being knocked down and stabbed by Ramona. I have the task of raising teenagers just like anybody else, and you would think that she would be more supportive. Instead, she just uses it to create drama and that’s a low blow. Doesn’t she have anything better than to use my children? And our relationship, which everybody sees on the show is great. So she’s really shooting herself in the foot, if you ask me.
So, Ramona’s Pinot Grigio or Bethenny’s SkinnyGirl Margarita? Have you tried them both?
I haven’t tried the SkinnyGirl Margarita.
How is the Pinot?
The Pinot is okay. It’s table wine. It’s your average pinot grigio. But I’m not into bashing people’s livelihoods or their families.
Countess LuAnn's latest single, "Chic C'est La Vie," and her app for iPhone and iPad are both available on iTunes.
Check back tomorrow for more of our exclusive interview with Countess LuAnn!