January 24, 2012 01:00 PM by Shayla Perry
Season 2 of Bravo‘s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills came to an end last night (January 23), and noticeably absent from the finale was troubled ‘wife, Kim Richards, who recently completed another stint at rehab to treat her alcohol addiction. Weeks after Kim checked out of the undisclosed rehabilitation facility, Kim’s sister and co-star, Kyle Richards proudly reports that Kim is sober and happy, and addresses all of the backlash she received from fans who didn’t understand her anger toward the former child star throughout the course of the show.
“Anyone who has a family member with an addiction knows how painful it can be for the family. Often, that pain turns to anger. I was angry. I didn’t get that Kim has a disease. People would tell me that and it didn’t make sense to me,” Kyle explains of her often rocky relationship with sister, Kim Richards as she struggled with her alcohol addiction. “I felt she had a choice. Now, I feel much different.”
Defending her seemingly overprotective attitude toward her older sister, Kyle goes on to explain that it was never her intention to “babysit” Kim, rather, she wanted her to move closer because she was “scared” of what would happen if Kim continued to be so isolated and fell “into a deeper tunnel.”
“I am coming from a very different place now because my sister Kim is now sober. I am proud, happy, and relieved that she took the initiative to go get the help she needed,” Richards writes in her blog. “I know there are many moments she regrets, but I don’t want her to beat herself up over them. What matters now is that she is healthy and strong and she needs to stay that way.
“The Kim I grew up with is a down-to-earth, funny, loving, and kind human being. She’s an incredible mom and a great sister. I am happy to have that Kim back in my life.”
Want more? Follow our tweets on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook! For other great Reality TV News, please feel free to check out SirLinksALot: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Visit our sister site SheKnows for more breaking news about celebrities and entertainment!
Photo Source: Bravo