After experiencing a rough year with on-camera alcohol abuse and some time in rehab, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
star Kim Richards says she is doing much better and wouldn't shy away from another season of the Bravo reality show.
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Stepping out to a pre-Oscar party this weekend, Kim talked to People
about her road to recovery.
"It was a rough go to get here, but I feel really good," Kim said. "I love life. I'm just enjoying it so much."
Since admitting that she is an alcoholic on the RHOBH
reunion, Kim has been very open about what she has been going through. She says the main reason she entered rehab was by her own motivation to get better, as opposed to going to rehab before because of feeling pressure from her friends and family. Although the decision was hers this time, she still had much support from loved ones, including from her sister and co-star Kyle Richards.
"I was definitely tired of the way my life was and I wanted to get better," Kim said. "My family and friends--without them I just definitely couldn't do it."
Now a month out of rehab, Kim also says she was surprised by the amount of support she received from fans of the show.
"The fans have been so supportive," she said. "I steal a sneak peek at Facebook or Twitter. I look on there and I see them and they're like, 'We love you and you're the best' or whatever they say. And when I go places, too. I'm walking down the street and people walk up to me and they just hug me and they cry and they're like, 'We love you and we watched you go down and come back up.'"
Kim also said in the interview that she has been engaging in more physical activities such as hiking and Pilates to keep herself busy and focused. And although she did not have a comment on whether she would be returning for season three of RHOBH
, she admits she doesn't want to shy away from it just because of her struggles.
"It doesn't make me want to walk away from anything," she said of her time in rehab. "It makes me want to step out in front of everything and just say you know what? Anybody can do it. I don't want to walk away from anything in my life. It's part of life, you know, facing it." Gina PusateriContributing Writer(Image courtesy of Bravo)