Vanderpump Rules' Lala Kent Reveals Alcoholism Battle

By Kelly Burch 03/20/19

The sober reality star took to Instagram to reveal that she is battling alcoholism and is "now a friend of Bill W."

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Vanderpump Rules star Lala Kent has a problem, and for the first time she is admitting it publicly. Kent, 29, shared on Instagram that she is seeking help for alcoholism by joining a 12-step fellowship. 

“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 a temporary Instagram post, according to People

The reality TV star went on, “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.”

Three months ago, Kent announced that she was 50 days sober. 

“We’re just kind of taking a different turn with our life,” she told People in December. At the time, she explained that she and her fiancé, Randall Emmett, had made a pact to help each other stay sober. In just 50 days, Kent had already seen the positive effects of sobriety on her life. 

“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,” she said at the time. “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.”

Kent said that her drinking was beginning to feel out of control after her father, Kent Burningham, passed away last April. 

“I’m thinking a lot about my dad today—not different from any other day—and I just feel very, very blessed that I think back on my time that I had with him and there’s no regrets,” Kent said in her recent post.

“I’m so grateful that I have this program and that I can mourn him. The program has allowed me to sit down and remember my dad in a clear frame of mind, and remember what he brought to my life, what he meant to me, what he taught me.”

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.