Vanderpump Rules' James Kennedy Shares Moving Message While Celebrating 2 Years of Sobriety

Vanderpump Rules star James Kennedy is marking two years of sobriety. Find out more details about his journey.

By Corinne Heller Jul 07, 2021 3:24 PMTags
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Vanderpump RulesJames Kennedy is celebrating an important milestone.

On Monday, July 5, the 29-year-old Bravo star marked his 2-year anniversary of his sobriety. James documented the occasion on his Instagram page a day later on Tuesday, July 6, alongside a photo of himself holding his dog Graham and standing beside a large black balloon shaped like a 2 numeral.

"IM 2 YEARS SOBER TODAY," he wrote. "Thank you everyone that has supported me and my journey so far. Here's to many more years alcohol free #forlife (to anyone struggling trust me the light at the end is brighter then anything I could of imagined. and if I can do it you can too)."

After sharing the milestone, James received a wave of support from friends, fans and loved ones, including fiancée Raquel Leviss, who liked his post. A couple more of his Vanderpump Rules co-stars commented on it.

"SO proud of you!!" wrote Scheana Shay, while Lala Kent, who celebrated her own anniversary marking two years of sobriety last November, commented, "That's what's up, James."

He has occasionally spoken publicly about his journey to sobriety. In March 2020, James said on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen that he hadn't "had a drink in nearly nine months."

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"I think because of all the drinking I was doing and stuff, I was really hiding away from my true emotions and just blaming whatever I wanted to get out the easy way," he said, adding that he currently felt "completely different" and that he has been attending support groups.

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"I've really taken hold of my life and trying to change it for the better and change our relationship for the better," James continued, referring to Raquel.

As fans of the Bravo couple may recall, the pair got engaged this past May. That same month, James talked to E! News about his sobriety journey, saying, "July 5 will be my two years."

When asked about the key to staying sober, he explained, "It's gratitude. It's the feeling of being so thankful for my sobriety. I wake up every day thanking god that I've got it. My life has just gotten so much better from quitting drinking. I'm never hungover, I'm able to focus on my music so much more. My relationships and friendships are excelling. When I see these amazing things happening right before my eyes, why would I want to go back?"

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