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Lala Kent Says the Day She Quit Drinking Was "the Best Day of My Whole Life" (UPDATED)

The Vanderpump Rules SURver offered an update on her sobriety.

By Jocelyn Vena
Lala Kent Opens Up About Her Sobriety

UPDATE (April 23, 2019, 11:23 a.m.): Lala celebrated being six months sober in an emotional Instagram post: "It’s been a couple of days full of mile stones. Yesterday we got to celebrate Easter and the life of my sweet dad. Today, I celebrate 6 months of sobriety. I know I talk about this often, but y’all... I still cant believe it. I feel the need to share my story because I know I’m not the only one out there suffering from this. It’s not an easy path I’ve chosen, but I chose it because it was between one thing, and my life. I take it one day at a time. I celebrate each day that I go through in a clear state of mind, & the next day I wake up with the same goal: stay clear. On top of all the miles stones, today I will fly with my mama to meet up with my fiancé, [and] see the place that I will marry the love of my life. I’m feeling blessed."

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Randall also paid tribute to the milestone on Instagram:  "It’s a day filled with blessings, I cannot tell you how proud I am. 6 months of sobriety, it brings tears to my eyes to see your strength and passion for life. Your my hero and my inspiration. I love you my angel."

The original story continues below.

Lala Kent has been nothing short of completely open about her emotional struggles since she lost her dad last spring — and part of her coping mechanism following that loss was drinking. But the Vanderpump Rules SURver has since given up alcohol and has been open about her decision to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to help maintain that sobriety. But, as she shared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen this week, it took a few "benders" for her to realize she had a real issue.

Following the alcohol-fueled trip to Mexico this season, Lala confirmed that she hadn't quite hit her low just yet despite her struggles on that trip, and was still drinking: "Sadly, no. I had a lot of other benders that I went on and I didn't get sober until October 22 — the best day of my whole life."

She then opened up about what's it's like to be sober among a group of friends who enjoy a drink or two when they get together, in the clip above.

In an interview with Cosmopolitan late last year, she opened up more about how she was using alcohol as a coping mechanism following her dad's passing.

"Drinking for me was medication instead of celebration. Instead of going and talking to somebody about losing someone extremely important to you, we turn to things to medicate. I just want to make sure that I put my voice out there to say, reach out to someone, reach out to a grief counselor, partner with someone who can make you feel like you’re not by yourself and going completely insane. Because when you lose someone," she told the publication. "I’ve never had this type of heartache in my whole life, and it’s foreign."

While it hasn't always been an easy journey and they've hit a snag along the way while maintaining sobriety for both of them, her fiance, Randall Emmett, has been very supportive of her decision to give up drinking.

While in the Clubhouse this week, the SURver then revealed how waking up not hungover has changed the way she spends her days and how much she's able to accomplish during them, in the clip below.

Lala Kent Feels More Accomplished without Alcohol
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