In a revealing first-person essay, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville says that she drinks when she misses her kids.
Brandi penned the piece for SoberBook.com, a website run by her best friend, Jen Gimenez, who is a coach on Vh1's Sober House and a recovering addict herself. The website collects stories about addiction and sobriety from all kinds of people.
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In her post, the 41-year-old wrote that she started drinking to deal with the pain of her very public divorce from actor Eddie Cibrian. The Young & the Restless star ditched Brandi for country singer LeAnn Rimes, who he met on the set of a TV movie. "I still battle with depression and trust issues," the model writes. "I survived my heartbreak, but I will be dealing with the damage it caused for the rest of my life."
After the divorce, Brandi and Eddie split custody of their two sons, Mason and Jake. She says that when her boys are with her, she's "complete." But once they head to their dad's, feelings of loneliness surface. "The feeling of falling back into the darkness hits me," she writes, adding that going out and partying is "my way of not sitting at home, alone, falling back into my dark place."
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That part-time partying has gotten Brandi in plenty of trouble. In July, photos of a drunk Brandi falling out of a club--and her clothes--in L.A. circulated online, and the RHOBH star had to defend her parenting abilities. Her boozy outbursts have also gotten her into conflicts with her costars, including Adrienne Maloof and Kyle Richards, on Real Housewives. While partying, Brandi also had a steamy fling with Scottish actor Gerard Butler.
But Brandi was able to spin straw into gold by chronicling some of her most embarrassing adventures into a book, the bestselling memoir Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders. A sequel called Drinking and Dating is due out in February.
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