'Real Housewives' LuAnn De Lesseps Explains Her 'Big Mistake' in St. Barths (EXCLUSIVE)

"Never tell a fib, because it can snowball out of control."
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Clearly, LuAnn de Lesseps wasn’t looking forward to reliving the events of Monday’s episode of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City.

Weeks in the making, the women finally arrived to the Caribbean island of St. Barths for a girls’ vacation. During the trip, de Lesseps -- who had been dating 37-year-old French wine distributor Jacques Azoulay since January 2010 -- shocked her castmates when she returned from a night of partying with Tomas, a Frenchman who worked at the bar whom she had just met.

"What may have looked like infidelity on last night’s episode was in reality a ride home and a tour of the house after an evening of fun on vacation eight months ago,” de Lesseps tells Celebuzz in an exclusive statement.

What else does the Countess have to say about that night?

She adds, “Do you think I would bring a man back to a houseful of housewives (and cameras) if I were planning on having an affair?”

If having the man at the house wasn’t enough to get the other ladies’ tongues wagging, the Countess says that she definitely complicated the situation by not being honest about the nature of Tomas’ visit and asking a friend to help her cover it up. And now, the reality star wants to come clean about her error in judgment.

“My big mistake was trying to avoid the speculation and assumptions by telling a white lie,” the 47-year-old housewife tells us.

“The problem with telling a white lie is that you have to stick to your story,” she continues. “That’s why I made the call when I heard that Tomas was coming for dinner that night. Never tell a fib, because it can snowball out of control. LESSON LEARNED!”

As for her relationship with Azoulay, the complicated situation doesn’t seem to have put a damper on the romance. “As I write this, Jacques and I are on vacation and we couldn’t be more united and happy!" de Lesseps says.

How do you feel about LuAnn’s explanation of that night in St. Barths? Tell us in the comments section below.



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  • luvrumcake

    LuAnn in all honesty you knew exactly what you were doing...(staying relevant). The telephone call to your friend Kat was the indicator...all the buzz words knowing you were on camera...pluezzzzz.

  • Sunny Day
    Sunny Day

    Thanks so much!!!

  • smallmiracle

    About the blouse with the opening at the top of the sleeves....can't remember the name, but if you go to Hsn.com or Qvc.com......you can find out. They sell that style blouse all the time

  • Rico L Arico
    Rico L Arico

    Please! Of course she's denying it.

  • Sunny Day
    Sunny Day

    So sorry ladies, but I have a boring question. LuAnn had this blouse on that was open at the top of the sleeve from the shoulder to the 3/4 sleeve. What is that style called??? I finally tightened up my arms a bit and am going on vaca, but would love something like that which shows off arms but doesn't look out of my age group. PLEASE HELP!!!

  • lilsoozieqwa

    i think is funny is sonji did him next...must of been pirate boody nite

  • lilymaid

    He is just as phony as Luann, as long as he is receiving publicity for his wine business he will pretend to hang in there.

  • NoraBelle

    Met some 'Italian friends' - my arse...everyone knew it was a lie! LOL...at least we did not have to see Sonja running to get another tampon - good grief. Ramona and Sonja - what did someone call them? Ramonja? HA!

  • NoraBelle

    what a slut. Poor Jacques.

  • hayden

    i think he was saying something like, i can't even remember what was here before. it's superb. i think he was talking about the house because it was remodeled

  • italgal

    Yeah, her old friends the Italian group she met up with. Why tell the "fib" at all if there was nothing to hide? House tour ha!

  • italgal

    This is not the first time she's been caught in her lies. Her own mother said she had her tubes tied, while announcing she's trying to have another baby. Luann did not deny this from what i read. And I'm not sure what men see in her, or is it just me? She's basically a man.

  • Rhoda

    I'm sure they can subtitle Luann because she signed away her on-camera privacy with the Real Housewives contract. Thomas didn't make that same agreement w/Bravo.

  • Deb

    I'd say that LuAnn, Sonja and Ramona's slutty behavior can be blamed on the alcohol. But they act similarly drunk or sober. Money Can't Buy You Class. HA!

  • Deb

    Meg, Remember ... "Money can't buy you class." Or morals, I guess. LuAnn, Ramona and Sonja represent the very worst of what is (alleged) New York society. They all three have children who will see these scenes play out on national TV. Shame on all of them. Deb

  • Lucille

    Totally classless!!!! I do not believe her at all. She spelled it out for us on the t.v show with that conversation she had over the phone. What about her comment when she was leaving with "Johnny Depp"...don't treat me like all your other woman pirates. What did she mean by that??? Just admitt it and move forward,,,then I can at least say your a fool but an honest one!

  • Diane

    While watching the show I'm wondering "how old are these women"?

  • Diane

    I don't believe her but I understand why she's lying.

  • Liz

    seriously People- does anything any of the RHONY do surprise you? they should be called the real drama queens of new York- lol this is what dives them on a daily basis. This crew they have this year is pretty much the same BS as last season . So glad that egomaniac Jill is gone !! But give the new ones time there egos will inflate sure as I know my name. Bravo will love it and the ratings will soar . I work in a stressful , decision making job so when I come home at night I must admit I do enjoy watching the mindless escapades of these phony woman. Andy Cohen , you know just what you are doing , keep on making that Money !!!!

  • Ricki

    I would really love to know what Thomas was saying (in French) as he was walking up the steps to the vacation home the ladies were staying in, on the night of the dinner party. I thought it odd that Bravo subtitled LuAnn's phone conversation, in French, but did not subtitle his words.

  • betty

    Of course she won't admit it. She was hammered, thought he was cute and didn't think she'd get caught. Look, she'll never admit she did it, so right now it's all blah, blah, blah.

  • capecoddess

    Totally not cool.

  • Just me
    Just me

    Lu Ann is a liar. I can't believe Jacque would believe her and still be with her. That was not a little white lie. It was a bold face lie and she got caught but she's sticking to her story. She is classless and undignified.

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  • Lisa

    Just what every man wants in the middle of the night, a house tour. What a crock Luann!

  • meg

    Lu Ann you may be able to fool Jacques but you are a piece of work! we all know what happened and so do you. are you forgetting the other witnesses at the bar that night? and the other women in the house who heard the hanky panky going on? pleassssssssse. own up to it and move on. you should be ashamed of yourself and your poor children have to witness this.