Last season on Real Housewives of New York, it was revealed that Luann De Lesseps’ then-fiance, Tom D’Agostino, had cheated on her, being photographed making out with a woman at a bar in New York City. Today, DeLesseps calls D’Agostino her husband. However, during her road to the wedding this season on the show, De Lesseps dealt with countless accusations, cheating claims and concerns from her friends. At one event, a friend named Barbara Kavovit spoke with RHONY cast member Carole Radziwill and she was heard saying that De Lesseps would rather go through with the wedding and get divorced than call off the engagement. But, apparently, when Kavovit was made aware that her comments would be on the show, she was very upset, according to Page Six. After finding out about Kavovit’s comments, De Lesseps wrote this message in her Bravo blog:
Another “friend” of mine, Barbara K. was caught on tape spreading rumors that I was having second thoughts about marrying Tom…after she RSVP’d “yes” to my wedding! I never would have invited her had I known how she really felt about Tom and me. #GirlCode? You can tell by the smile on my face that I’ve got nothing to prove and everything to look forward to.
Kavovit tried to keep the footage from airing, according to Page Six, and she said she thought her conversation with Radziwill was private at the time. The court papers said that Kavovit was unaware at the time that her conversation with Radziwill was recording.
After Kavovit’s comments were made, RHONY cast-mate Radziwill told the cameras:
I don’t think she’s blind to the stories that she hears about Tom. LuAnn is the great pretender. And she’s never going to let us see her falter.
In addition, a woman named Missy, who is a friend of cast member Ramona Singer, said she was under the impression that she was actually dating D’Agostino until she walked in on him kissing De Lesseps. Singer also seemed to have a friend who had even more claims against D’Agostino. Singer said she received a text from another woman who said that D’Agostino had tried to grope her. Who know what to believe with all the craziness?
In response to all the accusations, cast member Bethenny Frankel said to the cameras:
Whether or not Tom banged the entire kickline of the Rockettes is irrelevant now because homegirl’s going down the aisle. However, I uncovered him cheating. Their relationship is honestly their business. I got involved one time which will be the last time. But it’s awkward!
Soon, on a trip to the Berkshires at cast member Dorinda Medley’s house, each of the women couldn’t help but confront Luann De Lesseps about all the claims against D’Agostino. They told her they were worried she was making a mistake and that they just wanted her to be happy.
Because of all the drama surrounding her relationship with D’Agostino, De Lesseps chose to only invite one of the show’s current cast members to the wedding – Dorinda Medley.
This is De Lesseps’ second marriage, as she was previously in a longtime marriage to Count Alexandre de Lesseps from 1993 until 2009. Her first marriage was put on display in the early years of the show, as was her relationship with their two children. With De Lesseps re-marrying, she loses her title as Countess, which is why her tagline on the show this season is, “The only title I’d trade Countess for, is Wife.”
Tom D’Agostino and Luann De Lesseps married in a New Year’s Eve Weekend celebration, tying the knot in front of 250 guests in Palm Beach, Florida.