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Kim Richards: 'My Whole Life Today Is Amazing' Because I'm Sober

Originally posted 02/04/2013 02:30PM



Kim Richards is in a good place.

Following a stint in rehab about a year ago, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 48, tells PEOPLE, "It hasn't been easy, but my whole life today is amazing, and I owe it all to my sobriety."

Part of what has contributed to her new outlook is her newly mended relationship with her sister, Kyle.

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Kim & Kyle Richards Are in the 'Best Place' Since They Were Little Girls

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Kim & Kyle Richards Are in the 'Best Place We've Been Since We Were Little Girls'

Originally posted 01/09/2013 04:30PM

Anything is possible for Kyle and Kim Richards.

The sisters and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills costars not only learned to dive like Olympians for the Stars in Danger: The High Dive special – which airs on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET) on Fox – but they also mended their relationship, which they thought had no chance of being saved.

"My sister and I had kind of a rough patch over the last couple of years and I thought [High Dive] would be a nice opportunity for Kyle and I to really bond," Kim, 48, told PEOPLE on Wednesday in Pasadena, Calif., during the Television Critics Association's winter tour. "It took us actually a step beyond closer. We're probably the closest we've maybe ever been ... I really didn't see any light at the end of the tunnel."

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SNEAK PEEK: Meet the Two New Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

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Adrienne Maloof Divorce Drama to Play Out on Season 3 of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Originally posted 09/21/2012 11:30AM

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are back, and Adrienne Maloof's divorce drama is poised to take center stage.

Of course, no Housewife worth her salt would allow one woman to take all the glory.

Real estate agent Marisa Zanuck (who's married to movie producer Dean Zanuck) and former model Yolanda H. Foster join Maloof, Brandi Glanville, Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump and Taylor Armstrong for season 3, which premieres Nov. 5 (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

Meanwhile, Camille Grammer may not be an official Housewife per se, though she will appear on the show.

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Kim Richards Feeling 'Really Good' Post-Rehab | Kim Richards

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Kim Richards Feeling 'Really Good' Post-Rehab

Originally posted 02/24/2012 11:05AM

Just over a month after leaving rehab, Kim Richards says she's feeling better than ever.

"It was a rough go to get here, but I feel really good," the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star tells PEOPLE. "I love life. I'm just enjoying it so much."

Speaking at The Hollywood Reporter's Nominees Night pre-Oscar party on Thursday, Richards, 47, said it was her own motivation that prompted her to seek treatment in December, but that she also relied on the support of those around her, including her sister Kyle.

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Kim Richards: 'It Wasn't Me' on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills | Kim Richards

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Kim Richards: 'It Wasn't Me' on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Originally posted 02/14/2012 12:30PM

Now that she's out of rehab, Kim Richards says she's not the same person she was on season 2 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Richards, who appeared on part three of the show's reunion Monday night, admitted to host Andy Cohen that she is an "alcoholic" but said now that she's completed her third stint in rehab she is "happy to be home and I feel good."

But that's something she hasn't felt in a while. "I had so much guilt and shame for my behavior and what I did and then I drank to cover the guilt and shame and make it go away," she said. "It is a vicious cycle."

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Why Brandi Glanville Ruled the Real Housewives Reunion | Brandi Glanville

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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Brandi Glanville's Best Moments from Reunion

Originally posted 02/07/2012 11:00AM

Brandi Glanville was in the hot seat on part two of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion special, which aired Monday on Bravo.

While she and her costars addressed their volatile relationships – and everything from game night-gone-wrong to her ex husband Eddie Cibrian to Kim Richards's stint in rehab – Brandi was refreshingly candid. No matter how you feel about Brandi, she definitely does not hold back, saying things the other women wouldn't dare say, whether because it's crude – or because it's the truth.

Here some of her best moments from Monday's show:

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Kim Richards Admits, 'I'm an Alcoholic' on Real Housewives Reunion

Originally posted 01/26/2012 09:00AM



There will be triple the drama when Bravo's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion special kicks off on Jan. 30 (9 p.m.) – the first in a three-part series that reunites the ladies for heated discussion with Andy Cohen.

And – surprise – Kim Richards will be joining the fray after all.

Though she didn't participate in the initial filming because she was seeking treatment for alcohol abuse, Richards sat down for a separate chat with Cohen, her first since leaving rehab, which will air as the third installment on Feb. 13 (9 p.m. ET). In the chat, she tells Cohen why she checked into rehab. "I'm an alcoholic," she says. "I'm an alcoholic."

What else can you expect? PEOPLE has an exclusive look at the show (see above clip). But let's break it down further:

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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Did a Drama-Free Finale Disappoint?

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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Did a Drama-Free Finale Disappoint?

Originally posted 01/24/2012 10:15AM

Weeks before the first episode aired in September, the second season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was swathed in domestic drama after the suicide of Russell Armstrong.

This year, the Bravo cameras caught many of the ups and downs in the ladies' lives – tracking the marital problems of Taylor Armstrong and her late husband, the struggles of sisters Kyle and Kim Richards and the stresses as Lisa Vanderpump began planning her daughter's wedding, an event which was captured in Monday night's anticipated finale.

Joyous (and extravagant) as the event was, as the centerpiece of the finale, Pandora's nuptials managed to sideline the more pressing plot lines of the season. Largely missing from the episode were two of the show's biggest drama magnets: Kim and Taylor.

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POLL: Who Caused the Most Drama on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? | Kim Richards, Kyle Richards

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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Who Caused the Most Drama at Sur?

Originally posted 01/17/2012 10:20AM

Was the opening of Lisa Vanderpump's restaurant, Sur, the most dramatic party in the history of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?

The newly renovated space was gorgeous, and we can only assume that the food and drinks were delightful. But Lisa's event became a minefield of emotions thanks to three guests, both invited and uninvited.

First the uninvited: Lisa's former houseguest Cedric showed up unannounced, apparently hoping to make up after an off-camera fight last year that turned the best friends into enemies. Lisa was polite but pointed when asking him to leave.

Then, Kim Richards showed up with her boyfriend, Ken. Kyle hadn't seen her sister since their fight in Hawaii, so it was bound to be awkward. But with Kim acting out of sorts, locking herself in the bathroom and telling Kyle she wanted out of her relationship, the sisters' sit-down became a tearful spectacle.

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PHOTO: Kim Richards Steps Out Post-Rehab | Kathy Hilton, Kim Richards

Kim Richards Steps Out with Kathy Hilton Post-Rehab

Originally posted 01/12/2012 03:30PM

Kim Richards got some sisterly support from Kathy Hilton over dinner Wednesday at celebrity hotspot Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills.

It was the first public outing for Richards, 47, since she left rehab earlier in the week.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star was seen smiling as she and her older sister, 52, exited the restaurant, looking happy and healthy after completing a 30-day program for treatment of alcohol abuse and other issues.

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