How Lala Kent’s life changed as she began her journey to sobriety

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LaLa Kent will never forget the pain of losing her father.

In April 2019, the Vanderpump rules star said goodbye to her father and shared on Instagram that her world had “collapsed”. As a way to get through the grief, LaLa said she started drinking nonstop from morning to night.

“It was how I handled it,” the Bravo star shared exclusively with E! News. “When I went all out with binge drinking because I believe it was three or four days in a row, I just woke up feeling like I was out of control, not knowing what I was doing, just guilt and shame and that was the moment that I said I would take my life back. I won’t live another day like this.”

Now, the 32-year-old is celebrating three years and 11 months of sobriety. She also marks National Recovery Month by sharing her story in hopes of inspiring those in need.

Earlier, LaLa said she would go out on a night out on the town and couldn’t remember the next day. But now, as a mother of 17 months old Oceanthe reality star says she is present “at every moment” of life, including all of her daughter’s milestones.

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“The fact that my kid will never see me in another state, that’s just amazing,” she said. “I get to sit here and remember her hands or the first time we went to a barbecue and she got into the pool. I remember every detail.”

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She also said she’s more alert when she’s filming Vanderpump rules. According to the Bravo star, she takes a beat to listen and isn’t “so quick to get in.” At the same time, if someone says something they don’t agree with, I “put it on.”

“I have this internal struggle all the time because my work doesn’t represent what my program represents,” she explained. “I go into this environment and speak my truth, but at the same time I go to these rooms where it’s all about becoming a better person. It’s a conflict.”

Over the past three years, Lala said her past and current co-stars, including: Stassi Schroeder, Katie Maloney and Scheana Marie– have supported her sobriety.

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“It’s nice when people take a step back and realize, ‘Wow! Lala goes in every moment without any liquid to calm her nerves,'” Lala said. “I’d say those three have been incredible since I started this journey.”

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Earlier this month, Stassi and Katie joined Lala when she was honored with the Spirit of Sobriety Award from the Brent Shapiro Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to save lives through awareness and effective programs that encourage children to abstain from drugs and alcohol.

Though she was credited for a special night, Lala said the high school students who worked on their own sobriety earned the credit at the event.

“We all say that the youth is our future,” she said. “I really look at them differently, especially since becoming a mother. I don’t know of any other foundation that does what the Brent Shapiro Foundation does.”

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Perhaps the youngest member Lala hopes to impress is her own daughter. As Ocean grows up to be a young girl, her mother hopes she knows that women have all the power in the world.

“If you want something, you could definitely get it,” she said, remembering the advice she gave. “The hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life is the proudest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I hope when she grows up she sees that she can really do anything in the whole world.”

And when Lala starts thinking about what her father would say about her progress, she can’t help but light up.

“I know he’s just beaming up there,” she said. “Although I miss him so much, he does work for me there. The blessings that have come into my life since my father left, I will say I thank him quite often.”

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