Kim Richards’ tragic, tumultuous past revealed after drunken arrest & walking out on Dr Phil
The last couple of months have been extremely tough for Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards and her family.
A recent series of disturbing and bizarre events that include arrests, walking out on Dr. Phil and rehab stints, has thrust the tabloid spotlight onto Paris Hilton’s aunty, who just wrapped her fifth season of the popular reality show.
The latest season was a true testament to how much we really hide from ourselves and the ones closest to us as it highlighted her intense, arduous battle with sobriety.
The cracks initially began to show when cameras captured an ‘off’ Richards who revealed she’d stupidly taken one of her estranged husband Monty’s prescription pain pills. However, It wasn’t until Kim was arrested for public intoxication at the Beverly Hills Hotel that things really started to unravel.
The 50-year-old mother of four broke her sobriety as she sat in the same booth her mother once occupied when she was just six-years-old.
Her mother, the late Kathy Dugan, was reportedly a heavy drinker herself who had several failed marriages and many men in her life. According to a book by Jerry Oppenheimer called ‘House of Hilton,’ Kim’s mother was also a 'gold digger' who encouraged her girls to marry money and pop out plenty of kids.
In one instance, Kim received an engagement ring from her first husband, George ‘Monty’ Brinson (who is now tragically battling stage four-lung cancer) that apparently wasn’t expensive enough, according to her mother.
Controlling Dugan reportedly “told Kim to give it back to him,” according to Mickey Catain, a family friend.
“She told me, 'I'm not letting her take that ring.' She made him give her a bigger one.”
This is just one of many troubling incidents in Kim’s life which include cheating scandals and the brutal murder of fiancé John Collet in 1991 that she kept hidden from the spotlight.
When celebrity psychologist Dr. Phil, who had arranged a sit-down with Richards, offered medical and professional help, Richards still refused to accept and heal, instead she stormed out of the room saying, "I have a lot of anxiety right now. I'm sorry, I can't."
Despite Dr. Phil warning he wouldn’t bend to her “diva needs” and insisting he was “only interested in one thing and that's your long term health and well-being,” Kim wasn’t having any of it.
As Richards attempted to walk away from the situation, sister Kyle who has been repeatedly blamed by Kim for her condition, snapped yesterday (April 29) when paparazzi pestered her for news on her estranged sister.
“Can you quit stalking me?” she shouted when they asked if she’d seen the negative press surrounding Kim and her late mother.
The two sisters had not spoken since Kim’s pitbull terrier allegedly bit one of Kyle’s daughter’s hand, causing her to go to hospital. Kim failed to take responsibility and their already strained relationship took its final blow.
Many close to Kim, including partner and her fouth child’s father John Jackson have cited her controlling mother as the reason for Kim’s drinking problem.
“She was 100 percent the problem. Kim's a spitting image of her mother in every way,” the father of Kim’s daughter Kimberly Jackson told author Oppenheimer. “The amorality, and the drinking, the revolving door of men who she [Kim's mother] had in her life when Kim was with me, and just the conniving craziness about her, and the way she [Kim] spent money like water. [Kim's mother] was that typically frustrated mother of a child star who lived through her children.”
Despite this negative light painted around her mother who passed away in 2002 of cancer, Kim refers to her as her “moral compass.”
Children will always love their parents and at the end of the day we have no idea what anyone's life is really like. We just hope Kim can get the help she so desperately needs and deserves.