Leah McSweeney has been close to Julia Fox since the two attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in New York City.
“I was her sponsor at AA years ago and we’ve just remained friends,” the “Real Housewives of New York City” star said on Monday’s episode of “The Morning Toast.”
McSweeney, 39, and Fox, 32, previously spoke about their decade-long friendship on a November 2021 episode of the star’s “Uncut Gems” podcast “Forbidden Fruits”.
“Leah was my sponsor in AA. We were both so sick and suffering,” Fox said, to which McSweeney agreed.
“I have the coolest sponsees, though,” added McSweeney. “I mean, I really wasn’t able to help anyone.”
Fox assured her that she was a great help at the time.
“You told me something I still think all the time, ‘Fat out the body and the mind will follow,'” Fox recalls. “When I’m feeling depressed or stressed, I’m like, ‘Let’s get started.’ I’m going to work out and whatever, and I’m always thinking about that.”
A moved McSweeney told Fox that she actually passed that sentence on from her own AA sponsor.
McSweeney was sober for 10 years before embarking on her ‘Housewives’ journey in 2019. She has since returned to a sober lifestyle and is approaching her age of two.
Fox has been candid about her own struggles with resources from a young age. She previously struggled with heroin and pills and suffered a near-fatal overdose at age 17.
“It’s kind of a miracle I’m okay,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in January 2020.
“A lot of the people I grew up with don’t do very well. They are still on drugs or in prison. Many of them died.”