'RHOC's' Gina Kirschenheiter Apologizes for DUI Arrest: 'I Am Disappointed in Myself'

Gina Kirschenheiter was arrested early Thursday morning in Rancho Santa Margarita, California


Real Housewives of Orange County star Gina Kirschenheiter is apologizing to her fans for her recent DUI arrest.

On Monday, Kirschenheiter, 34, shared a quote on Instagram that read, “The best apology is changed behavior.”

“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,” Kirschenheiter wrote alongside the graphic.

The Long Island native, who made her debut on the Bravo franchisein the summer of 2018, was arrested early Thursday at 12:20 a.m. in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, a representative for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department tells PEOPLE.

She was stopped for a traffic violation and arrested for driving under the influence, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Kirschenheiter was released on Friday at 12 p.m.

“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,” Kirschenheiter continued on Instagram.

“Bad choice have bad consequences. Mine are magnified bc I chose to share my life with you on a very public stage,” Kirschenheiter wrote.

“Those who are a part of my real life gave me words of encouragement and love knowing the content of my character and the love in my heart.”

“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 be there’ that I’ve received through friends both to me and on social media.”

While Kirschenheiter is appreciative of the kind words, she believes her actions are inexcusable.

Gina Kirschenheiter. Eugene Gologursky/Getty

“I could easily join in with the chorus saying ‘you’re right, it could be any of us’ but it shouldn’t be any of us. EVER!”

“It’s terrible that this has become a social norm. I am disappointed in myself and that I am part of this social norm. Especially since everyone who knows me knows I’m the queen of Uber/Lyft,” Kirschenheiter continued.

“This didn’t happen to me. I wasn’t ‘unlucky’ I made a conscious decision to do something especially stupid. One time is one time too many. I am awake now. I can promise this will NEVER BE ME again.”

Last April, Gina filed for divorce from her husband, Matthew Kirschenheiter.

“It wasn’t easy,” Gina previously told PEOPLE. “Matt and I were just coming out of the baby, baby, baby-phase and were recognizing that our relationship had run its course. At the same time, he had taken a new job in Los Angeles and was living there during the week. And I had made this commitment to come on this show.”

“All of a sudden, it all collided,” she said.

The couple met before they graduated college and had been together for 11 years and married for eight. They share three kids — sons Nicholas, 6, and Luca, 3, and daughter Sienna, 4.

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