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‘RHOC’ Star Gina Kirschenheiter Apologizes For ‘Epically Stupid’ DUI Arrest

RHOC Star Gina Kirschenheiter Apologizes DUI Arrest Stupid
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Feb. 4 2019, Published 10:37 p.m. ET

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Never again.

Real Housewives of Orange County star Gina Kirschenheiter apologized for her “epically stupid” DUI arrest and vowed to never make the same mistake again days after she was thrown in jail for the offense.

Kirschenheiter was arrested on Jan. 31, 2019 and released hours later, and she confessed that “bad choices have bad consequences.”

“I honestly believe that some issues no matter how great and important are truly only a part of our awareness once we are personally effected by them. For me....what happened this week is that issue,” the RHOC star wrote on her Instagram page on Feb. 4.

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“It’s amazing how in the course of less than a week you can realize the full extent of allowing people into your every day life and how the opinions of everyone watching can run from incredibly chastising to extremely supportive.”

“Bad choices have bad consequences,” the mother of three wrote.

“Mine are magnified bc I chose to share my life with you on a very public stage. Those who are a part of my real life gave me words of encouragement and love knowing the content of my character and the love in my heart. As embarrassed and hard on myself as I’ve been in these past few days, I’ve been shocked by the astonishing amount of ‘it could have happened to anyone’ and we’ve all been there’ that I’ve received through friends both close to me and on social media.”

Kirschenheiter explained that she didn’t accept that as a “social norm,” writing: “I could easily join in with the chorus saying ‘you’re right, it could be any of us’ but it shouldn’t be any of us. EVER! It’s terrible that this has become a social norm. I am disappointed in myself and that I am a part of this social norm. Especially since everyone who knows me knows I’m the queen of Uber/Lyft.

The Bravolebrity, who listed her occupation as “unemployed” when she was taken into custody by the police, didn’t shirk from her responsibilities.

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“This didn’t happen to me. I wasn’t ‘unlucky’ I made a conscious decision to do something epically stupid. One time is one time too many. I am awake now. I can promise this will NEVER BE ME again.”

The OC Sheriff’s Department told the reality star “was stopped for a traffic violation in Rancho Santa Margarita at Santa Margarita Parkway. She was arrested for DUI at 12:20 am on January 31 and was released at noon that same day. Her next appearance date is on February 28th.”

“To all of you who wrote me with pain in their hearts about how drinking and driving has had a negative impact on them and their families, I hear you. Thank you,” Kirschenheiter wrote on her Instagram page.

“I make this promise to each one of you with your messages in my heart.... I am committed to this cause and hope to effect a positive change and dialogue. You don’t have to believe me with these words, but I hope over time you will see through my actions.”

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