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Kim Richards: I Don't Want to Leave Real Housewives Post-Rehab

USMagazine, Friday, February 24, 2012, 9:00am (PST)

Kim Richards had a rough go on the second season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills -- but that doesn't mean she won't be coming back.

After her wildly erratic onscreen behavior and months of speculation, the reality star and former child actress, 47, checked into rehab in late December. She stepped out looking radiant at Thursday's THR Nominees Night pre-Oscar bash at Getty House in Los Angeles.

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"It was a rough road to get here," the Bravo star and mom of four admitted to Us Weekly, "but I'm really, really good. I'm really taking the time for myself."

In a sit-down interview with Bravo's Andy Cohen, Richards revealed that she sought treatment for alcoholism. "I have so much guilt and shame for my behavior and what I did. And then I drank to cover the guilt and shame," she explained at the time. She famously sparred with Housewives' Brandi Glanville and with sister Kyle Richards over her odd behavior and relationship with beau Ken Blumenfeld.

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Now, however? "I love life," Richards said Thursday. "I've just been enjoying it so much."

And though insiders told Us her children were "begging" her not to return for a third season of Housewives, she said she hasn't closed the door on that possibility.

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"[My experience] doesn't make me want to walk away from anything," she said. "It makes me want to step out in front of everything and just say, 'You know what, anybody can do it.' I don't want to walk away from anything in my life. It's part of life: facing it!"

She also made sure to acknowledge the support of friends, family and fans during her recovery. "I was definitely tired of the way my life was and I wanted to get better," she told reporters. "My family and friends--without them I just couldn't do it. My fans have been so supportive. . . People walk up to me and they just hug me and cry," she said. "That's so rewarding to me."

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