Brandi Glanville has had to relive her rollercoaster year all over again – via the fourth season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – and recently penned an open letter about why 2013 was “a tough year” for her, admitting that she hit the bottle when she was feeling “lost and alone.”
“Family is everything to me, and when we are not OK, I am not OK… My dad overthinks everything -- and I don't think about things enough. He and I have always butted heads, but we usually resolved things right away,” she wrote on her Bravo blog.
Their rocky relationship became even more strained over the past year when her dad, Guy, came down with a very serious heart condition.
“He had heart surgery in the past, and his heart now seem to be relapsing to the point he would need surgery again. He couldn't even walk across a room with(sic) getting out of breath. For my dad, who is a very active person, this was very depressing,” she recalled.
Once his health started to fail, the arguments became more frequent, starting with Glanville’s racy Oscars dress. They stopped talking – “not just for a few days this time but for almost five months,” she said.
“I tried my hardest to make up with him to no avail, and I felt very alone. My dad is the only man in my life that I've always been able to count on and now he was gone. I was sad.
“And then Chica went missing and I fell into an even darker place. When my kids would leave to go to their dad's, I felt that sadness I felt during my divorce creeping back up on me. I definitely leaned on the neck of a bottle of wine or two when I was feeling lost and alone,” Eddie Cibrian’s ex-wife wrote.
As RHOBH viewers saw this week, Glanville reconciled with her father during a trip to Sacramento.
During Monday’s episode, Glanville admitted that one wrong move and things between she and her dad could be un-repairable, which would mess up their entire family dynamic.
Glanville and her dad have rekindled their relationship and are ready to move forward in 2014.
Glanville mused: “Thank God I'm back on my happy pill and in a much better place now.”