It’s time for Andy Cohen’s one on one interview with Luann. I hope he’s not a dick. Andy filmed this in the Hamptons at Luann’s place. I can tell already he is going to be a dick. Luann has just returned from Switzerland. She went there to be in her happy place and do some hiking. Andy says it looks like she has lost weight. Andy pours some rosé and asks her if she is in touch with Tom. She is. She says just because they are divorcing doesn’t mean they can’t talk like grown ups. Luann toasts to moving forward. She says it has been a really, really tough time for her. They move out to the backyard.
It seems I was correct in my assumption that Lu getting the preview of the final episode where Tom had taken off his microphone to talk to Missy was the final straw. She watched that for the first time just before the reunion filmed and that was it for her. She left and stayed in a hotel the night before the reunion filmed. She said it was hurtful. Andy starts right off with the I told you so crap saying that the women had shown her all sorts of red flags before the wedding. Just shut up, Andrew.
Luann says it is different to see it for yourself. Of all the stupid questions, Andy asked if she regretted wearing the “rehearsal dress” to the reunion. She says no, it is a beautiful dress. I never understood why that was such a big deal. they have to pay for their reunion dresses. She had just bought several lovely white gowns for the wedding events that were not televised. What’s the issue with wearing one of her favorites full of good memories to the reunion? Lay off it.
Then Andy asks, “Is there any part of you that feels like a chump in any way?” I should point out that Andy is an asshole and is interviewing someone he has known for years at least through work during a very low moment in her life and he has yet to be the least bit compassionate toward her. If he asked if she was okay, or in some way offered any sort of acknowledgment of her pain, I missed that part. He’s such an unfeeling person. Luann maintains that Tom did not cheat on her. He may have been flirtatious but their relationship was a loving one.
Luann says that they both filed for divorce. They were both unhappy and suffering so they agreed to file for divorce together.
Luann says she was not happy at the reunion. She and Tom had a big fight the weekend before and she was there standing by her husband because she respected the marriage. At that point she was still hoping they could work it out. Andy wants to know what they were fighting about. Luann doesn’t want to get into specifics. She says he had said some hurtful things.
Andy asks if there was one event that caused the divorce. Luann says the weekend before the reunion filmed Tom called up an old girlfriend and they went out for drinks with a group of people. She had no idea that it happened until she read it in the press the next day. That was her final straw. Luann denies slapping Tom. She says she grabbed his face.
Andy asks about all the red flags the other RHONY brought up to her. Luann says that it was a nonstop struggle hearing all of that. She says she thinks Tom loved her, but he just can’t give up his bachelor lifestyle. She had to come to terms with the fact he was not going to change. She would tell him not to go to the Regency, and he would continue to go. He was unable to change his patterns. That was a problem for her.
Andy asked if anything that was said at the reunion particularly resonated with her. She said that when Bethenny said if she had gone through all the things with Tom that Luann had, she would be crying in the bathroom. Lu said it was then it hit home for her that her situation with Tom was not normal. She said her heart kept telling her it was all okay. Until that point she had blinders on.
Luann admits hearing Tom tell Missy on RHONY that when he sees her he gets choked up was painful. Luann says she asked Tom what that was all about and he said it was nothing. It was a nothing story. She says she doesn’t think it was malicious, she just thinks it looked sneaky. She is blowing this off a bit but that scene was 100% why she filed for divorce. Andy asks if there is a part of her that thinks there is more to that relationship … Luann says no not at all. I think she is lying either simply to us or perhaps to herself.
When you think back to Bethenny showing her the photo, does she wish she had played that differently? It seems the answer is yes, though she doesn’t state it outright. She says simply that she should have seen the big red flag right there, but she loved him and she chose to forgive him. She thought if you can’t forgive the people you love then who can you forgive? It wasn’t an affair, it was a kiss and she chose to give him the benefit of the doubt. Yeah Lu, but it was a kiss. Your fiancé was kissing another woman. She says looking back it is a major character flaw.
Luann says he didn’t love the limelight of the show. OH PUH LEASE. Tom has been angling to get on the show since season one and was on it way, way, way, before Luann and Tom hooked up. He went after Ramona on camera in an early season and Sonja and then Lu. It’s not by accident. The dude loves media attention. She is really spinning this to try to make Tom look better. She says there is a part of him that blames the show and the show is very difficult for couples. This is why I want Kenya to walk away and go be happy with her man and have babies.
Jacques has been a good friend to her going through all of this so publicly. Jacques is in a relationship with someone else now. Jacques was at her wedding and she relied on him for the male point of view in all of this. She will not be going to The Regency again.
Luann did not give back her eight carat engagement ring. Nor should she the contract was kept they got married. Andy is an idiot for even asking the question. She does not think she was more excited about the marriage than he was. They were both very much in love and very excited about the wedding.
Andy asks if she feels like she owes any of the women on the show an apology. IS. ANDY. ON. CRACK? Why would she owe them an apology for their constant meddling in her relationship????????????????
Luann says the last thing she needs right now is a chorus of ” I do told you so” from the cast. But she does regret not giving their input more credence.
The other housewives reached out to her with varying degrees of sympathy. Carole is the only one who did not reach out to her at all. When Andy asks about Bethenny in the Berkshires it seems as though he thinks Bethenny was being kind. That is not how I remember it all. Luann says in the moment she felt she was projection her bad marriage on to her, but now looking back she thinks Bethenny was being sincere. But she kept charging forward with her heart.
Luann dispels some stupid rumors about Luann since filing for divorce. Luann was NOT in fact “canoodling with Scott Disick.” I never her that one. How ridiculous. Luann said she was at the same restaurant once with him. She denies that Tom had cold feet and almost didn’t go through with the wedding. She denies that they were fighting around the time of the wedding. She does acknowledge that during the seven months of marriage they had broken up a couple of time during the marriage before the filed for divorce.
Andy asks why she was so cocky about her marriage on the show. This infuriates me as I always felt like everyone was trying to steal her joy and bring her down. I think every bride is and should be over the moon about getting married. Luann says at the time things were good. It’s only been the last couple of months that things went downhill. Andy wants to know how she might answer claims that she defends him to much. She says he was my husband and I loved him. You defend that. Lu says she can’t defend his actions on the show. They were very hurtful. She was hurt and embarrassed that he would say those things. Andy just continues to harp on the subject and she has answered him several times.
Andy says she didn’t care what happened before Lu, but does she care what happens after? For example if he starts dating Missy again, would that bug her? She says she is trying to move forward. That would be uncomfortable (understatement of the year).
Lu is not about casting the blame on Tom as much as Andy tries to push her to do so. It simply didn’t work out. Luann never officially changed her name. Andy asks if that means she is still a Countess. the unspoken answer is no. However, Luann says Countess will always be a part of her brand. Queen Latifah is not really a queen after all. Touché Luann. Touché.
Andy says that there were accusations that Luann got married for a storyline. Go fuck yourself Andy Cohen.
They walk down to her pier on the harbour and Andy asks if she will let the other women set her up. She says she is a hopeless romantic and she believes in love. It’s too soon right now, but maybe eventually. Andy says that the antidote to all of this is she needs a new single. She says she has fallen into a rosebush, fallen off a camel and fallen in love, so she says perhaps the single should be, “If you fall, make it part of the dance.”
I love Lu.