Despite reports that Kim Richards checked out of rehab and was pursuing out-patient care, a new report now reveals she never left, though she did attempt to leave.
Us Weekly is reporting that the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star has decided to stay in rehab — with some difficulty. “Kim tried to leave and she ended up coming back,” an insider explains. “She is and was being very defiant and is obviously not having the easiest time.”
Kim, 47, initially checked into treatment earlier this month after supposedly being encouraged by Bravo to get help or lose her position on the show. Previous reports stated Bravo was forced to edit out a majority of Kim’s film from this season because her behavior was too erratic and it was obvious something was amiss.
Even if she completes her stay in rehab sources close to Kim are claiming the show is an unhealthy environment for the fragile Kim and she will have tremendous difficulty remaining sober if she continues with reality TV.
This will be Kim’s second time voluntarily entering rehab since 2010. Last year, she checked herself in following the explosive RHOBH finale where Kyle Richards accused her of being an “alcoholic.” That stint was apparently very brief and Kim was said to have left after only a few days.
Kim’s sister, Kyle, paid a visit this week and posted a photo of the two of them on Twitter — Perhaps Kyle’s visit was to encourage Kim to remain in treatment and get the care she needs? “Kim’s alcohol addiction along with other substance abuse problems has been obvious for quite some time,” an insider reveals. “It’s really good that she’s finally getting help.”
One reason her family and friends are so happy Kim is seeking help is her tumultuous relationship with Ken Blumenfeld. “No one likes Ken,” a source close to the Richards tells UsWeekly. “He’s controlling and tells her what to do.” Kim was allegedly homeless and staying with a friend when she made the decision to enter treatment after several fights with Ken forced her to leave the home they shared.
Kyle has made no secret of her dislike and distrust of the relationship and has even said on the show that Kim’s children think Ken is controlling. The magazine adds that none of Kim’s castmates like Ken and still haven’t warmed to his quiet demeanor. On the last episode of RHOBH Kim was seen counseling her children to get along with Ken at Kyle’s White Party and keep their comments to themselves if they were unhappy with him. Recent speculation has claimed that Kim and Ken are no longer together.
On the last episode viewers also watched a very vocal and over-the-top Kim confront castmate Brandi Glanville; basically telling her they will never ever be friends because Kim doesn’t like her after she accused Kim of using meth! Well, apparently the two still don’t get along and have never exactly patched things up. “Kim and Brandi are still not friends,” an RHOBH insider declares. “They just do not like each other.”
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WHAT DO YOU THINK – IS KIM STILL IN REHAB? SHOULD BRAVO ALLOW KIM TO REMAIN ON THE SHOW? SHOULD KIM AND BRANDI GET OVER THEIR PETTINESS AND PUT THE PAST BEHIND THEM?