Kim Richards is baaaaack to ramble about “MY SOBRIETY” again. After being in and out of several rehabs following an April arrest, Kim insists, “I love sobriety!” And this time she plans to stay that way. We’ll believe it when we see it — hopefully NOT on Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills!
“I’ve always loved sobriety,” Kim declares. “Relapsing was very hard for me.” Kim blames Kyle Richards and other family issues for her very-public falling off of the wagon. Isn’t one of the steps taking accountability? “Monty, my ex-husband, is very sick and my son wasn’t well. And I had to give away my dog, and I wasn’t talking to my sister.”
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“I really wanted to go to treatment – I needed a break. From what I was going through… at home,” KimKillah The Rambler Richards tells Entertainment Tonight while rocking a Tammy Wynette hairdo and one of Lisa Vanderpump‘s old blouses.
“My arrest was my… ‘I get to go away now and rest and take a break from all this,'” Kim warbles. “I don’t want anybody to take this wrong, but I truly needed a break from hospitals, family, the pressure. I needed to go away.” KimKillah does realize we read tabloids right – we know she went AWOL from rehab in Mexico, bailed on another treatment program and then fled a third in the middle of the night. So, mmmmkay, we don’t believe you, Turtles.
But Kim, who says she has been sober for more than 30 days insists treatment changed her life. “I went in and I got to learn a whole lot about myself. I dug deep into my past, things that happened to me as a child, good and bad, teenage years, relationships with all my loved ones, where they need to be mended, where they’re very powerful. I worked on me.”
Kim has claimed to be sober before – for years – but behind-the-scenes RHOBH sources revealed that KimKillah hadn’t had a dry day in the four years she played a sober Housewife on TV. However, now that the whole My Sobriety Was Threatened silliness is over, Kim claims she’s even considering a possible return to RHOBH because Bravo really wants her back. Again, we don’t believe you! “I haven’t spoken to them because I’ve been focusing on my treatment. My representative did speak to them,” Kim claims. “They have asked me to come back.”
Note: Multiple reliable sources have said Bravo has no interest in Kim returning to the show and that she is not being asked back as a Housewife, but may make occasional “cameo” appearances. E! News, (Bravo and E! are both owned by NBCMedia) says that any return is “very unlikely” outside of small “guest roles,” however Kim is trying to plant the seed to producers about her desire to return.
“Financially, she’s stressed,” explains an insider. “Without her Real Housewives of Beverly Hills salary, she’s going to have to figure something out. There have been small roles here and there, but she needs money.” Since leaving treatment Kim has been staying with Kathy Hilton, but it’s not going well, except she can’t afford to move out. Kyle has reportedly put her designer-shod foot down on bailing Kim out of any further messes and Kathy is no longer opening her wallet. The source reveals that relations between Kim and Kyle, although they’ve spoken, are very strained. “There’s been a lot of damage done and its going to take time.”
Opening up about her arrest, for which she returns to court next week, Kim denies trying to hide from police in the bathroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel. “I went in to use the bathroom,” she states defensively. “They’re calling it whatever they want,” she adds, indicating the arresting officers. “Which is fine – I mean what are you going to say? ‘I’m Kim Richards, I’m an alcoholic’ and they can say what they want.”
Kim didn’t discuss what happened in Mexico at her daughter Brooke’s wedding – or any other issues related to her family – but did say she was invited to Nicky Hilton‘s London nuptials and decided not to attend. “I decided to stay in treatment,” maintains Kim, who fled in the middle of the night a few days after the high-profile wedding.
And Kim reveals her plans to stay sober – she’s working with a “wonderful” sponsor, a life coach, plus “a great home group and sober friends.” Sober friends like Brandi Glanville?
A preview of Kim’s interview with Entertainment Tonight is below – the full interview airs tonight.
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