RHOBH veteran Kyle Richards has a very famous family. In fact, her childhood inspired her to develop and and produce a TV series called American Woman, centered on and loosely inspired by the life of her late mother Kathleen Richards.
Kyle appeared on Megyn Kelly Today to promote her show, that premiered last week, and she opened up about her father cheating on her mother.
â€œAt that time, my mom was all of a sudden suddenly single,â€ she explained. â€œShe didnâ€™t know about money or what they had â€” she didnâ€™t even have a checkbook. So when I was actually 10 years old, my mom got me a checkbook and I was allowed to have my â€˜unemployment checksâ€™ from my TV shows.â€
â€œShe opened a checking account for me,â€ she told PEOPLE. â€œShe wanted me to take control and learn from a young age how to look after myself, because she didnâ€™t like finding herself in that position in the â€™70s. Itâ€™s not easy being a single mom, whether youâ€™re in the â€™70s or today!â€
â€œMy mom was a very strong, outspoken woman and in that time, women werenâ€™t supposed to be like that,â€ she said. â€œNow itâ€™s like, â€˜boss ladyâ€™ â€” thatâ€™s a term now. But in the â€™70s, if you were strong and opinionated and outspoken, it was looked down upon. And my mom was that woman â€” very strong.â€
â€œI did not have a conventional life growing up at all,â€ she continued. â€œIn addition to being a child actor, it was just a very different upbringing. When my mom passed away, I was reflecting on her and I love to write, so I would write stories about her and growing up. I thought, â€˜I really want to make this into a TV show one day.â€™ And here we are.â€
Last season on RHOBH Kyle opened up about the tension her show has caused with her sisters Kathy Hilton and Kim Richards.
â€œI mean, all families go through stuff,â€ she said. â€œWeâ€™re sisters, we love each other. She hasnâ€™t seen the show, so Iâ€™m excited for her to see it. It is inspired by [our childhood], itâ€™s not autobiographical, so sheâ€™ll see that.â€
Speaking of Kathy, Kyle previously revealed that she wouldn’t tell anyone else’s story. â€œI hope when Kathy sees the show, sheâ€™ll understand,â€ she said. â€œI felt bad because she thought it was something that it wasnâ€™t. I was inspired by my mom being a single mom in the â€™70s. It was a crazy, fun, reckless time. But itâ€™s not based on my actual life.â€
Will you watch American Woman?