May 04, 2012 08:00 AM by Shayla Perry
Kim Richards has had her share of troubles both on and off camera as she’s struggled with her alcohol addiction and numerous stints in rehab. But now, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star says that she’s eager to show viewers how far she’s come when the series returns to Bravo for Season 3.
“Everyone saw me take a huge spiral downward last year,” Richards tells Wetpaint. “Now, I’m really excited for people to see me work my way back up. I want everyone to see that.”
Though it was difficult for her to watch herself throughout the show’s first two seasons, Kim is finally able to see the positive side of having her struggle documented for all to see — helping others.
“Oh, God, it’s been amazing. People will say things to me like, ‘You’ve saved my son’s life,’ or ‘You’ve helped me so much.’ You know, before, I used to have a really hard time admitting I was an alcoholic. But I’m not ashamed or embarrassed any more. It’s made me a much stronger person and, hopefully, put me in a place where I can help other people.”
That’s not to say that she doesn’t have any regrets….
“My children have been greatly affected by this. I think they wish it could have all been slipped under the radar…
“But you know, this isn’t my first time in recovery. And [during Season 2] I knew what I was doing wasn’t right. For me, it’s like: Sip one: I need to leave, Sip five: I’m in trouble. But I made the choice to go to work and to let the cameras in and people saw what they saw. Of course I would go back and change that if I could. But I can’t change the past, so I have to move forward.”
Speaking of moving forward, Kim says that she’s “ready” to let the cameras back into her life for Season 3 of RHOBH, and when fans tune in, they’ll be seeing a much different side of her.
“People are going to see how hard I’m working. I’m not going to be sitting around with these girls sipping cocktails and just hanging out. I’m going to be very into AA and spending time with the people who have been supporting me.”
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