"Vanderpump Rules" Star James Kennedy Gets Sober

By Kelly Burch 08/07/19

Kennedy took to Instagram to reveal that he is four weeks sober and loving it. 

"Vanderpump Rules" Star James Kennedy
Photo via Instagram

James Kennedy, who became famous for his drunken antics on the Bravo reality show Vanderpump Rules, is celebrating four weeks of sobriety. 

Kennedy shared about his sobriety in an Instagram post that pictured him with a new BMW. 

"#beamerselfie.... the #WhiteKanye is in sicko mode. seriously though when I came to the U.S and saw sunset blvd for the first I made it my mission to be one of those guys in a gangsta car driving like some 'entourage' shit,” he wrote. “And wow I’ve already exceeded my expectations. Im so thankful and my work to becoming the best human I can be continues. Also I’m 4weeks sober tomorrow feeling fre$h! Thank you all so much.”

On the show, Kennedy lost his job because he was drinking too much. He also damaged his relationships with several of the other cast members, including co-star Lala Kent, who opened up about her own sobriety in March. 

“Five months ago, I came to the realization that I am an alcoholic, and I am now a friend of Bill W., which you will never know how much this program means to me [and] has given me new life,” Kent said in an Instagram post, according to People

“I always say if you don’t have to be sober, I wouldn’t recommend it, but me—as someone who does need to be sober—being in my right frame of mind every single day is truly incredible. When I’m having the roughest day that I could possibly have, I—for once in a very, very long time—see the light at the end of the tunnel. I know that tomorrow I’m gonna be okay,” Kent said. 

Kent recently posted an Instagram picture with Kennedy. Although the two had a strained relationship on the most recent season of Vanderpump Rules, there was speculation that Kennedy’s sobriety has allowed them to be friends again. 

Before Kent spoke out alluding to Alcoholics Anonymous, she shared that she and her partner were exploring sobriety together. 

“We’re just kind of taking a different turn with our life,” she told People in December. “I have been open about suffering from anxiety, and [I'm] not saying that I don’t anymore, but it has gone down tremendously since I gave up drinking. I don’t smoke weed anymore. I’m a clean baby, and I feel like I glow a little bit… I’m ready to be a healthy person.”

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