Gina Kirschenheiter has faced some challenges since we last saw her in Season 13 of The Real Housewives of Orange County. The mom of three was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Rancho Santa Margarita, California on January 31 and then taken to jail, where she was subsequently released the following afternoon.
Gina reflected on the ups and downs in her life when The Daily Dish recently caught up with her (clip above). "Currently, I've had a lot of stuff come up that's brought out a lot of emotions, which is not what I'm used to as a New Yorker, having to process through a lot and exploring what that means," she shared. "But yeah, I'm lucky to have good friends to help me through it. Yeah, life's a journey."
But Gina said she has been able to find something positive in this difficult situation. "We'll see what happens with that, but life's about picking yourself up after bad decisions," she said of her arrest. "And this year has proved that to me 100 percent over."
Gina's RHOC bestie Emily Simpson, who also appears in the above video, made sure that her friend knows that she always has her love and support, even when the going gets tough. "I haven't really made a lot of bad decisions, but I am here for her bad decisions," Emily said.
And Emily can always count on Gina to return the favor. "And, you know what? You might, and one day I will be there for you," Gina said to her BFF with a laugh. "I'll help you bury the body, all right?"
Gina was officially charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit of 0.08 in February. "I made a very bad choice the other night after a mom’s night out. I am extremely disappointed in myself and regret my actions wholeheartedly," she said in a statement to The Daily Dish following her arrest on February 1. "I have learned a valuable lesson and hope to show you all that this one incident does not define me."
Gina later opened up more about the incident and how it has impacted her life in a lengthy note posted on Instagram on February 4. "This didn’t happen to me. I wasn’t 'unlucky.' I made a conscious decision to do something epically stupid. One time is one time too many. I am awake now. I can promise this will NEVER BE ME again," she wrote. "I am committed to this cause and hope to effect a positive change and dialogue. You don’t have to believe me with these words, but I hope over time you will see through my actions."