Real Housewives of Orange County star Gina Kirschenheiter is apologizing following her DUI arrest on Thursday, January 31.
The mother of three was driving in Rancho Santa Margarita, California and was stopped early in the morning.
She was then released the same day at around noon.
After having a few days to process what has happened to her, the 34-year-old is using this as a teaching moment.
“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 [sic] by them. For me….what happened this week is that issue,” she wrote.
“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 [sic] life and how the opinions of everyone watching can run from incredibly chastising to extremely supportive.”
And, despite being very embarrassed, Gina is thankful for the friends who have offered her their support.
“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,” Gina shared.
“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.”
She continued, “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.”
Now that she has experienced the negative effects of drinking and driving, Gina promises to never do it again.
“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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