March 05, 2013 08:00 AM by Veronica Dudo
There’s been no shortage of drama on Bravo’s hit reality TV series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Kyle Richards, one of the show’s stars recently made an appearance at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City where she interacted with fans and answered lots of questions. The Bravo reality TV star talked to She Knows Reality TV Magazine about her life on and off camera as a mom, wife and business woman. Keep reading for all of the juicy details!
In town at Resorts Casino Hotel for Mohegan Sun’s Reality Check event in which she met fans, signed copies of her book and answered questions, Richards said she loves having the opportunity to interact with fans.
“It was a lot of fun! I love being in Atlantic City, I love meeting new people,” she said,”Everybody coming out tonight, I think they had really interesting questions–sometimes I get the same questions over and over again but I don’t think I had one question tonight that I’ve ever had before! It was a very interesting crowd and I really liked getting to know everyone.”
Richards who stars alongside her sister, Kim Richards on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reveals that her life has drastically changed as a result of doing reality TV.
“It’s just funny walking down the street and strangers know you. They come up, hug you and say, ‘Oh, how are you? How’s your relationship with your sister? I love your husband! I love your daughter! Where did you get those hardwood floors?’ So, it’s funny being known as yourself.”
Despite the attention the mom of four receives on a regular basis along with her families’ popularity, she says she works every day to keep her daughters grounded.
“I try to teach them to be appreciative of everything we have, that not everyone has what we have and that we didn’t always have this. Their Dad and I worked very hard, we haven’t had any help,” Richards explains, “I try to teach them the value of a dollar, I try to teach them to treat people the way you want to be treated–what I consider the basic rules of life.”
Richards’ book, Life Is Not A Reality Show: Keeping It Real With the Housewife Who Does It All offers fans advice on everything from how she raises her kids to keeping the spark alive in her marriage to Mauricio Umansky’s. The couple have been together for 19 years and married for 17 years.
“I get a lot of relationship advice questions: How to meet the right guy? How to keep the right guy? And then once you’re married how to have a happy, solid marriage,” she explains, “I even got that question a lot way before the show from our friends. My husband and I are sort of like the go-to people our friends come to and I don’t think I really appreciated it that much when I was younger I was like, ‘Oh, yeah we have a great marriage. No big deal.’”
But now, she is proud of their happy union saying, “At this stage in my life, my husband and I both are so appreciative of what we have and we realize wow, not everyone has this.”
With the spotlight on their marriage, how does the happy couple live their lives without feeling pressure? Richards explains, “It’s funny I went through a stage where I was like, ‘Oh my God there’s so much focus on our marriage–I don’t like that!’ But I don’t feel that now. It’s really made us even more aware, we’re hypersensitive and like, ‘Wow, we’re so lucky.’”
Richards says couples with problems in their marriage shouldn’t sign up for reality TV because she has seen first-hand the disastrous effects it can have.
“I realized in analyzing this that a lot of people who do a reality show get involved in it as an “out.” I think Taylor [Armstrong] signed on to do the Housewives as an out of her marriage. A lot of people think I got to get out of here but I’m not independent, so maybe I’ll do this reality TV show and I’ll be on my own, I’ll be fine,” she explains, ”There’s problems to begin with. If you do have any cracks in your marriage–it’s not a good idea to do a reality TV show.”
As for how her family is portrayed, Richards says she is happy that fans get to see her home-life but wishes viewers could see more of it.
“My husband and I do have an amazing marriage and we have a beautiful family and we’re very proud of that so it’s nice that they show a little bit of that even though they usually show the drama but they show a glimpse of that too,” she said.
With her life an open book, Richards says there are some drawbacks especially when viewers do not get to see everything that happens leading up to dramatic events on the show.
“It’s real to life but there’s a lot of times where I’m like, ok, they just showed that but they didn’t show the back story; or there’s a big piece missing so that’s very hard.”
As she lives her life in the public eye, Richards says she recently opened up about suffering from fibromyalgia in an effort to let others who also suffer from the syndrome know that they’re not alone.
“Sometimes it gets so bad that I can barely function so I’m like ok, I have to figure out a way to physically take care of myself,” she explains, ”I do yoga twice a week, I circuit train twice a week and the other days I try to hike not only to keep myself in shape but because of my fibromyalgia I have to do that in order to feel ok.”
Richards’ positive outlook on life keeps her going along with the love and support of her husband and daughters.
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