This week on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills; Kyle Richards and Erika Girardi headed to Greece in style for Erika Jayne’s big performance, Dorit Kemsley moved forward with Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson, Dorit planned her husband PK’s 49th birthday party with a surprise performance from Boy George and Eden Sassoon got to know Lisa Vanderpump a little better while continuing to shed light on her past with addiction and expressing concern for Kyle and Kim Richards’ future.
Eden visited Lisa at Villa Rosa and she talked very candidly about her sobriety. “I never really explored my sister’s death,” she told Vanderpump. “I just knew at some point she had to go. Here’s a woman who’s not strong enough to live this life.”
“My sister died of a drug overdose,” she explained. “And I don’t know if she chose to or it was an accident.”
Eden explained she turned to alcohol herself and although she never said what drew her to the substance she said, “I was a complete functioning alcoholic, having a mother recovering alcoholic and a sister who overdosed. Why did I drink for so many years?”
But it changed in 2012 when her legendary father Vidal Sassoon died. “It was six months after my dad passed,” Sassoon recalled. “I woke up really on the edge of my bed. And was like, ‘When, when, when are you going to stop? You have your life! You’ve been given a gift. You have children.’ I went right from there to a meeting.”
Eden told Lisa that she likes to motivate others to achieve sober living. “I love it, and I love to poke others to awaken them to the life that I have now that I’m capable of that,” she told Vanderpump.
“[Kim] has the behavior of a straight-on alcoholic,” Sassoon said. “I don’t need to spend that much time [with her to know] — she’s struggling.”
“And Kyle, I see the enabling — just kind of sitting back and watching this,” Sassoon continued. “Kyle is enabling to Kim because she allows this behavior to continue. She allows her to speak in ways that a sober woman wouldn’t speak. It’s just behavior as a sister that maybe you’d want to say something … In the thick of it, you have to be willing to step away and say ‘I can’t do this anymore.’”
However, Lisa disagreed with Eden’s claims and defended Kyle. “Kim’s great — she’s had a hard time,” she said. “She’s been up and down. I don’t have a great deal of experience in this matter. But surely if she’s sober and she’s not taking pills or alcohol, isn’t that enough?”
“[And] I don’t think Kyle enables,” Lisa continued. “No no — Kyle doesn’t enable Kim. Enabling behavior is maybe just turning a blind eye. But Kyle is not that person. I know that for sure. Kyle has stepped in many times, like really in, in the best way of it all. It’s just been a very fractious relationship, but they do ultimately love each other.”
But Eden wouldn’t back down, saying that the behavior she saw from the sisters at game night hit close to home for her. “I saw all this happening and I was like ‘Oh my god I’m watching my family.’ And I just sort of lost it — I broke down,” she said. “Watching Kim and Kyle, I see Kyle possibly standing where I stand now. And that’s not having a sister.”
At PK’s party, Kim was explaining to a group of the ladies how the birth of her grandson was stirring up some of her motherly instincts and this prompted Eden to take it that Kim was on the verge of relapsing.
“Do you feel like you’re holding on to this in your mind and it’s physically taking effect?” Eden asked her.
“Why are you having anxiety over your grandson’s birth?” Sassoon said in her confessional. “You have to take into consideration that this is something that can push all your buttons. And right there as an addict — she’s going to reach for that drink and goodbye.”
Kim blew off Eden’s comments, but later told her sister Kyle that she was coming on way too strong and in next week’s preview we see Lisa Vanderpump and Eden have a conversation about calling Kyle and enabler.
Do you think Eden is overstepping?
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