Lauri Peterson

After an emotional year, Lauri Waring Peterson and her son Josh speak candidly about his battle with drug addiction.

on Jan 22, 2008

Bravotv.com was fortunate enough to speak to Lauri and her son, Josh, in a very candid conversation. We tried to ask the questions we know our readers would want asked, and we thank Lauri and Josh for being so open. Come back for Part II after next week's reunion.

Bravotv.com: Josh, I don't know if you've been paying attention to the blogs on our site...

Josh: I always wondered why they were so interested...

Lauri: I have my opinion, Josh. You know what? Josh was really open and honest with his problems and I think that people can totally relate. Nobody's perfect — everybody's got problems. And I think that when you open up and expose those types of things, I think you draw people in because they've got those problems too and they want to know how is he handling it, how is he facing it. And I think everyone, even from my blog comments, what I've gotten is that everyone is concerned about Josh. Everyone wants to see him succeed. Everyone wants the best for him, and he's cute! Add your comments, [Josh], I'm sure you have more, but that's just how I see it.

Josh: Like you said, I try to be a nice person. I try to treat people, definitely not in my past, but...I think people see that I'm not happy being a screw-up. I'm not accepting of it like most people are. I'm not a scumbag. I see the mistakes that I'm making and even though I make them over and over, I go, "Why, why am I doing this?" So, I think people know that there's hope and people, they all have the optimism that I do, and that they feel in me, and they just keep checking in.