Kim Richards is opening up about her past struggles in a new interview and sharing new ones on the upcoming season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Kim came out for the premiere party for season seven of the show and opened up about life after rehab and she shared she feels “so happy” now.
“Before I started the show, life was really good and then, you know, things happened and it wasn’t,” she told People. “And it wasn’t just my relapse that was hard, but I went through a depression as well after that.”
“I’m just so grateful to be where I am today, and to be this happy and have life this good and have the relationships that I have … I feel so blessed,” she said. “I feel powerful. I feel so grateful. Honestly. Life is so amazing today. I wake up happy. I go to sleep happy…”
But her happiness followed a very dark time. Kim entered rehab after her April arrest for public intoxication. She decided to leave her Malibu treatment facility for her daughter’s nuptials in May 2015. She checked herself back in two weeks later. Kim also entered rehab back in 2011.
“I was really busy this season with my home, my daughters, my son and my grandchild,” she said, when asked about her presence in the new season. “My focus was really on my family.”
As for the drama on the show this year, Kim says it’s hard to avoid.
“Well I really wouldn’t go that far!” she said, when asked if there was less drama in season 7. “I managed to make a little time to get by to say ‘Hi’ to everybody, but I don’t know if I squeezed out leaving out the drama. It wasn’t my doing, but you know, leave it to the [Lisa] Rinna!”
Kim’s sister Kyle Richards also spoke about her sister’s happiness.
“She looks great,” Kyle told reporters. “She’s healthy. She’s happy. Her daughter had a baby so I mean we have two new babies in our family who are the cutest things.”
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