Raquel documented the couple's night at Disneyland on Friday, March 6, where, after enjoying many of the rides, they ate a mouth-watering dessert to honor James achieving nine months of sobriety. "Happy 9 months," Raquel wrote alongside the clip, while also saying the same aloud to her love as he grinned at their chocolate treat in the shape of Disney's iconic mouse head. He proudly responded: "Thank you."
Before sitting down for the sweet treat, the couple had more good eats throughout the night. Raquel showed off one in particular in an Instagram photo the following day, writing: "We indulged in this Mickey pretzel and cheese as we waiting [sic] for the Magic Happens Parade last night."
Fans of Vanderpump Rules have seen James' struggles with sobriety documented for years on the show. The issue came to a head on the Tuesday, March 3, episode following a fight between the couple, when James vowed to work on his sobriety after Raquel told him they otherwise could not be together. Shortly after the episode aired, Raquel took to Instagram to commend James for his efforts. "I teared up watching [the episode] back, seeing the exact moment our relationship took a turn for the better," she wrote. "I am not tolerating this behavior any longer and James’ decision to take his sobriety seriously means the absolute world to me. So proud of you."
James rightfully shares in that pride as well. "I just feel completely different... I've really taken hold of my life and tried to change it for the better and change our relationship for the better," he said on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen's Tuesday, March 3, episode. "I know that I should be doing this for me, but I'm also doing it for my relationship with Raquel."
When Andy pointed out his past tendency to hide drinking from his cast mates, James assured the host that he has turned over a new leaf. "This time I'm not lying to myself about it," he said. "And it feels incredible."
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