'I lean on alcohol when I'm depressed': Brandi Glanville admits heavy drinking and taking prescription drugs during heated RHOBH reunion — (Daily Mail)

SSRI Ed note: Woman's alcohol use goes up with antidepressant use

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By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 16:39 GMT, 25 March 2014

‘I lean on alcohol when I’m depressed’: Brandi Glanville admits heavy drinking and taking prescription drugs during heated RHOBH reunion

The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville has opened up about her heavy drinking, depression – and even her sex life.

As the women of prestigious zip code 90210 were reduced to tears during the second reunion show on Monday night as their on-going fights continued, Brandi also spoke of her wilder lifestyle.

With Joyce Giraud once again accusing her of needing help for her drinking, Brandi insisted it was not a problem… but then did a complete 180 as she admitted she does ‘lean on’ booze.

And she also said it was brought on by depression that she happily admitted she is taking the drug Lexapro to battle.

Most colourfully, Brandi – the ex-wife of Eddie Cibrian, who left her for LeAnn Rimes – opened up about her sex life – insisting she has kept out of bed with current boyfriend Drew Carter to keep him keen.

‘I love Drew but he’s a baby and wants to settle down and have kids,’ the 41-year-old told host Andy Cohen as well as her castmates of the former NFL player, 32.

‘There’s nothing other than just making out and having fun. It’s not teenage make-out – it’s grown up make-out.’

Asked ‘how do you stop?’ she said: ‘Why do you think he still wants me? I know what I’m doing – it’s awesome!’

In her confessional mode, Brandi also admitted she’s done cosmetic ‘facial fillers’, saying: ‘And I’ve overdone it and thought, “Whoa, what happened?”

‘I don’t wanna have a facelift – I don’t wanna end up like that girl that got fired last year.’

When Andy told her ‘your cheeks look bigger every time I see you’, adding: ‘You look different to me’, she insisted: ‘They’re not. You can feel them – they’re my cheeks.’

The outspoken blonde also drilled home the point that her drinking is nowhere near as bad as it seems onscreen, with the cameras always catching them at social events and on vacation.

But she admitted: ‘Do I lean on it when I’m depressed or having a good time? Yes.

‘I’m not in the bathroom doing cocaine; I’m not in the car smoking pot – I like my wine. It is what it is.’

But the other housewives were not so dismissive.

Her close friend Yolanda Foster admitted she was ‘very uncomfortable’ with her pal’s drinking, while Joyce sparked a fresh war of words when she sniped: ‘I honestly think she has a problem.’

Brandi told Joyce she had no idea what it has been like for her having ‘five years being followed by paparazzi non-stop’ – leading to both women accusing each other of actually calling the photographers themselves.

‘Somebody told me that, yes, Brandi calls the paparazzi to have them waiting for her, and that that day she forgot because she got too wasted,’ Joyce insisted of a particularly unpleasant set of photos.

When Brandi insisted she had ‘never in my life called paparazzi’, Joyce just laughed.

The newcomer then got even more personal when she accused Brandi of using the victim card to justify her behaviour.

‘I think there’s a lot of single mothers out there having a really tough time putting even food on their children’s table,’ Joyce said.

‘And here is a gorgeous, successful woman playing the “poor me” card instead of saying, “God, thank you for all the blessings I have.”

‘I know and understand depression, but it comes to a point where if you’re depressed, you don’t need to try to pull everybody [down] with you.’

While Brandi and Joyce certainly made the most of the opportunity to air their dirty laundry during the reunion, they were far from the only ones embroiled in a heated fight.

Carlton Gebbia and Kyle Richards admitted they could never be friends, as they once again fought over Kyle asking if Carlton’s tattoo was of the Star Of David.

As Kyle called the Brit a ‘liar and a hypocrite’ and ‘a phony and a fraud’, Carlton hit back, saying: ‘And you’re a bigot.’

‘I’m not offended by the Star Of David – I’m offended by you,’ Carlton added.

‘The anti-Semitic remark is such a huge, horrific label to throw at anybody – to accuse them of being that – because I know what that word is all about,’ she continued.

‘It’s filled with so much hate. That you could even imagine that that was where I was coming from…’

Kim Richards also broke down in tears as she attacked Lisa Vanderpump in one of the angriest outbursts of the already tense night.

‘You’re full of s*** right now,’ Kim stormed. ‘And you’re a big liar. I don’t trust you with my shoe – I wouldn’t trust you with an old pair of socks.’

Of Lisa’s repeated claims that she had tried to be a good friend to Kim, the recovering alcoholic insisted: ‘I don’t remember you ever calling me. I don’t remember you once ever calling me in four years. Through my drinking, through my sobriety…’

It was then Lisa’s turn to get angry, this time over Kim calling her husband Ken Todd a ‘stubborn old man’.

‘I see Ken, how kind and caring he is. That’s the man I love. And to be so rude and so vicious and disrespectful,’ she said. ‘Ken is getting older – I thought it was just the most horrible thing to say.’

As Kim reiterated that she believes Ken has a ‘mean, snappy side to him’, Lisa angrily shot back:
‘My husband has been very supportive of you, and so have I, and this p***es me off.

‘Stop talking s*** behind his back when he’s not here.’

While plenty of tears were shed during the hour, not all of them were because of in-fighting between the women.

Kim and Yolanda welled up as they talked about the moments their children left home, with the women with younger children also getting choked up thinking about when it will happen to them.

‘I’m still letting her go – I’m still missing her every day,’ Kim said of her youngest daughter, Kimberly Jackson. ‘I miss her. Watching the goodbye that you never really wanna have.’

Meanwhile, Yolanda recalled: ‘Its an extraordinary experience. As a mum, you have 18 years with them and it seems gone in no time.

‘I get so emotional seeing it even though I’m so proud she’s in New York and kicking a*** and making a life for herself.’

She even blamed the emotion for getting mixed up about daughter Gigi Hadid’s biggest achievement in modelling.

‘She’s the new Victoria’s Secret Rookie Of The Year 2014,’ she said proudly, before being challenged by host Cohen.

‘No. Sports Illustrated. See, I’m not 100 per cent.’