Kim Richards Opens Up About Her Ex-Husband Monty Brinson’s Cancer Diagnosis


Kim Richards is opening up about her ex-husband, Monty Brinson’s cancer diagnosis. Kim explains in her Bravo Blog that she is very close to her ex and how she handled the day he was diagnosed along with planning her daughter’s wedding.

Kim writes, “Wow, and then there’s my baby girl! My first born… Brooke got engaged last Christmas! One of the most exciting calls I’ve ever gotten. I just love her fiancé Thayer. He is like a son to me. I couldn’t be more thrilled. My little girl, beautiful and sweet. My daughter is getting married, and it is so exciting!

Nolan Miller and Mark Zunino designed my wedding dress many years ago, so no better place to go than to see Mark. Just walking in the door with my girls and “the bride to be,” it became so surreal I almost started to cry!

At first I thought maybe Brooke and I would go alone just the two of us. But then after we talked about it, we decided we wanted the input from her sisters, my sisters, and cousins! We wanted everyone to be there. I’m so glad that my sisters could be there to share in this experience! When Brooke walked out in the first dress, I couldn’t believe how beautiful she looked! Like an angel! Of course it was only the first dress she tried on. There were many more to try.

Brooke likes a very simple dress, not fluffy or with too many sequins. She had already decided what kind of dress she liked by looking at pictures in magazines. She wanted to try some on and see what she and Mark could come up with. My sister Kathy definitely had something different in mind for our girl. I think we were a little quiet for a moment, but Kathy has amazing taste. She only ️wants the best for us, and she’s definitely going to give her opinion! Kathy says you don’t buy the first thing you see. You have to try until you find the right one. Which is exactly what Brooke did! She and Mark worked together and designed the perfect dress! It wasn’t even something you could go in and buy. Mark sketched, Brooke told him what she liked, and it was the most beautiful dress for the most beautiful bride.

Brooke and Thayer originally were to get married early next year– a destination wedding on the beach. Brooke’s dad/my best friend Monty wasn’t feeling so good. He went in for a check up. He said it would be a few hours, but as I dropped him off and drove away, I got a horrible feeling. I turned the car around and headed back the doctor. He called me just a few minutes later and told me he had lung cancer. I said I knew that something wasn’t right and that I was already there! The words you never want to hear! And the thought of telling our daughter! Over that week we decided to have a wedding with just our immediate family, so that we could be sure that Monty would be able to walk Brooke down the aisle. It is something every little girl and every father dreams of! I was going to make sure that happened!

The day Brooke was trying on dresses we found out that the cancer was also in his brain and spine! Brooke wanted to continue with looking for a dress. It was the best thing for us to do. One of the most important things I needed to remember was yes, Monty was sick, but our girl was getting married! And if Montys going to get well, we must be positive! We were and are very positive and hopeful that Monty will be here a long time. Sometimes yes, it is scary and hard, but we are very supportive of Monty and each other through this time!

For all you mothers out there with daughters who are becoming engaged to be married, this is a very exciting time! Wait until you see your daughter in her dress. It really is an amazing feeling. I can’t really describe it, but when when you experience it, I hope you remember reading this! The joy, pride, love, and emotion that you will feel is overwhelming…enjoy every moment of this experience!”

Brooke and Monty
Brooke and Monty

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4 Replies to “Kim Richards Opens Up About Her Ex-Husband Monty Brinson’s Cancer Diagnosis”

  1. Kathy sure knows how to spoil a moment. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen her when I thought she looked well dressed or elegant or sophisticated. She always looks frumpy and matronly. She needs to keep opinions to herself.

    1. I agree. She has been that way every single time she’s been on the show; overbearing and obnoxious. Unless she’s paying for the dress she should keep her yap closed.

    2. I don’t think there is anything wrong with Kathy’s style, just that today was not for her best dress, but for her niece. Really, when, we look back, it seems so trivial and life simple. Your daughter wants to pick a dress that best suits her and who she is. She is truly beautiful. Monty was dying and all I think knew this. The purest and most beautiful moment was going to be Kim and Monty’s daughter’s wedding. She looked stunning and I hope the day was all she hoped.

  2. I’m sorry about Brooke’s Dad, Monty, and I think it was very kind of you to take him in and look after him. A very decent thing to do, and a God bless you for it.
    As for Kathy, being there is a difference between being blunt and being unkind. Does the fact the Kathy has a lot of money give her the mistaken notion that her opinion has more clout? All it does is make her look like a ill mannered, graceless bully. As The Countess sang, “Money Can’t Buy You Class.”

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