Reality star Luann De Lesseps, aka Countess Luann on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City,” has been making the news a lot lately.
Her high-profile divorce from businessman Tom D’Agostino, disorderly intoxication arrest in Palm Beach, Fla., and month-long stint in rehab in the past year have provided plenty of fodder for gossip magazines. They’ve also forced her to look inward, question her life’s direction and make some major changes.
“If you fall down and make a huge mistake that you’re not proud of, it’s time to turn things around, and that’s exactly what I did,” she says. “I have been completely humbled by the entire experience. I’m not drinking, and I have been focusing on living a healthy lifestyle. Yoga and meditation have become a huge part of my life.”
Encouraged by friends, Countess Luann has also been throwing herself head first into her entertainment career.
She released three hit club singles — 2010’s “Money Can’t Buy You Class,” 2011’s “Chic, C’est La Vie” and 2015’s “Girl Code” — and more recently developed a touring club act, “#Countessandfriends,” with director Ben Rimalower (“Patti Issues”). After selling out in New York City and Los Angeles, the variety show comes to Feinstein’s at the Nikko for San Francisco Pride weekend on Friday and Saturday.
“#Countessandfriends” weaves stories from De Lesseps’ exciting past — her modeling career in New York and Milan, her time co-hosting a popular Italian soccer program, her 16-year marriage to French Count Alexandre de Lesseps and, of course, years on “The Real Housewives of New York” — into a night of comedy and song.
For the San Francisco date, audiences can expect a mix of Countess Luann’s own music and covers from the likes of The Beatles, Peggy Lee and Natalie Cole.
De Lesseps says her music and the “#Countessandfriends” shows have helped her keep her head up through a sometimes-difficult recovery process. She also sees a day when she’ll make headlines for creative pursuits rather than personal struggles.
“I have really found my calling,” she says. “This is everything that I love — singing, dancing, hosting and telling jokes. Performing has shown me that I can be knocked down to my lowest point and rise up stronger than ever. I think a great headline [for the future] would be ‘#CountessandFriends, sold out coast-to-coast and going global.’ A girl can dream!”
IF YOU GO
Where: Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.
When: 8 p.m. June 22-23
Tickets: $60 to $100
Contact: (866) 663-1063, www.ticketfly.com
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