NYC ‘Housewife’ Countess Luann De Lesseps Separating From Count

March 31st, 2009 // 11 Comments

It’s looks like Countess Luann de Lesseps has separated from her husband, Count Alex de Lesseps after she learned that he has been seeing another woman. The count sent an email to a friend of Luann’s “saying he was with an Ethiopian woman in Geneva and he was serious with her.”

“Luann was blindsided. She was just devastated,” a close friend told Page Six. “They have basically lived apart for many years — he lives in Europe and comes and goes as he pleases, but she never thought this would happen.

“It has been very rough for her and the children [Victoria and Noel], but she’s taking the high road and will remain friends with him,” the source added. “She has no intention of making it bitter or becoming angry. She’s just trying to come to terms with [the separation and impending divorce]. She feels this is the ultimate test for her to handle this with dignity and grace.” 

We can only imagine how this way play out on the next round of The Real Housewives of New York. Hopefully it will be discussed over a round of drinks!

Gallery Info: Countess Luann De Lesseps at the world premiere of Made of Honor held at the Ziegfeld Theater

By Miu von Furstenberg

  1. anon

    Oh my god… yessss!! She is such an uppity bitch on that show always asking to be referred to as “Countess De Lesseps” and talking about what “responsibility” comes with that role. I hope she signed a pre-nup and gets nothing and people start referring to her as “hey you” while she’s getting them their big mac n fries… Ok that may have been a bit much.. still… karma!

  2. bec

    this is so sad! she had a great life. crazy how relying on a man and basically losing your own identity for him and only being the “wife” can really bite you in the a$$. Still, so sad. guess all us girls need to remember this as we get married. still, OUCH! no more countess, I suppose :(

  3. Robin

    I’m just in shock! Countess Luann de Lesseps is such a wonderful lady. She is a true Countess that could keep him for 16yrs. I guess the Count is all about himself, which is a shame. They have great kids and I feel more for them than anything. I just hope their son doesn’t play the same role as the Count with being married four times and maybe going on number five. Luann it was like the both of you were just friends with him being gone more than being home. Luann, I wish you all the luck in the world. Now you can write another book on being a single parent and making it without the Count.

  4. Pema

    I wish the Countess and her children the very best. She does so much for charity, it truely has made a difference in so many peoples lives.
    I hope she stays on the show.

  5. Pippa

    Here’s a bit of interesting info: the Count’s Ethiopian lady just so happens to be none other than Princess Kemeria Abajobir Abajifar, the granddaughter of King Abajobir Abajifar, the last King of Jimma, Ethiopia. Seems the Count traded up! His new play thing is not only much younger, more exotic and lovelier than LuAnn, but happens to be bona fide royalty in her own right.

    I pity the children, Victoria and Noel, very much.

  6. Alexandra D

    Even though Luann is an uppity condescending bitch, it’s messed up how she got played! She should not be surprised…she is the 4th wife to that nasty old bag.

  7. i want proof

    i heard this so called princess Kemeria Abajobir Abajifar doesn’t even exsist. why is it that the whole wide web doesn’t even have a photo of her.

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