There was a time when it seemed highly unlikely, but believe it or not, the cast of Vanderpump Rules is growing up.
Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright are engaged; Stassi Schroeder is dating a guy who doesn’t seem like a colossal douche-nozzle; the Toms have made the leap from Lisa’s lackeys to Lisa’s business partners …
But perhaps no one has taken as many steps toward full-blown adulting as Lala Kent.
Back in September, we learned that Lala is engaged to film producer Randall Emmett, the man who was once derided by the rest of the cast as Kent’s adulterous sugar daddy.
Make no mistake — Emmett is loaded — but it’s not clear that Lala is far more to him than a side-piece.
We’re sure Randall’s career will recover from the film Gotti and it’s 0 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, and that he and Lala will snjoy many luxurious years together.
But Kent’s biggest achievement of 2018 isn’t landing a wealthy fiance or cementing her place as the most down-to-earth, relatable member of the Vanderpump cast.
No, her greatest accomplishment is waging a victorious battle against substance abuse.
“Today marks 60 days that I’ve been sober and it’s been the best 60 days that I’ve had in a really long time,” Kent shared in her Instagram story today.
“Thank you to my sponsor, thanks to my sober coach, people in my meetings that tell me to keep taking it day by day,” she said, blowing a kiss at the camera. “I love you guys.”
The news comes just months after the death of Lala’s father.
“I stayed dry this season, most of it, I didn’t drink just because I was so up and down with the emotions with my dad. … I was still kind of in a fog,” Kent said in a recent interview promoting the current season of Vanderpump.
“So I think a lot of the stuff I see this season, I’m going to remember after I watch it, I was very foggy and just very emotional at the same time.”
In a separate interview from earlier this month, Lala opened up about her decision to get sober:
“My fiancé always says I have this sixth sense where I know when things have gotten to a point where they need to change, so I can’t really pinpoint one incident [that marked a turn to sobriety],” she told Cosmopolitan.
“When I really came to the conclusion that I am in that zone of having a problem, I just said enough’s enough. I picked up the phone, I called this sponsor that had been recommended to me. It’s the best decision of my whole life.”
Kent went on to reveal that her alcohol consumption was never about partying:
Drinking for me was medication instead of celebration,” she told the magazine.
“Instead of going and talking to somebody about losing someone extremely important to you, we turn to things to medicate.
“I just want to make sure that I put my voice out there to say, reach out to someone, reach out to a grief counselor, partner with someone who can make you feel like you’re not by yourself and going completely insane.”
Lala didn’t open up about her feelings toward her ex-BFF James Kennedy and his increasingly problematic boozing, but it’s become clear that she’s very much not a fan.
(Especially after the way James skewered Gotti on Sunday night’s episode.)
We commend Lala on opening up in such candid fashion, and we wish her all the best going forward.