Real Housewives of New York star Luann de Lesseps came clean about taking the occasional drink earlier this week, but according to Page Six, it was just to avoid a media firestorm.

According to the outlet, sources told them that Luann had already been spotted drunk at two separate events by members of the media, and that it was only a matter of time before the headlines followed.

"New Year's has been a time of reflection," she shared with PEOPLE. "I've learned a great deal about myself, and I'm in a very good place and finally back in the driver's seat."

"I've always said my journey is day by day," the Countess added. "I'm toasting to a happy new year ahead!"

Luann entered alcohol treatment after the 2017 arrest for battery, trespassing, and disorderly intoxication. After checking out of rehab, she soon returned to rehab in summer 2018. She was ordered not to drink during her probabtion, which ended months ago.