For the first time ever, Kyle Richards is opening up about her past eating disorder.
During Tuesday night’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Richards, 50, tearfully disclosed to castmates Lisa Rinna, Dorit Kemsley, Erika Girardi and Teddi Mellencamp that she previously battled an eating disorder in the 1980s.
“Lisa Rinna opened up about Amelia, who was very brave to share her struggles with an eating disorder. I can’t just pretend that I don’t know what that feels like. So, guess what? I had an eating disorder when I was younger,” Richards said in a confessional interview.
On the episode, the Bravo stars were having lunch outdoors while on their cast trip to Provence, France, where Rinna shared some “exciting” news about her youngest daughter, 17-year-old Amelia Gray Hamlin, who had previously revealed her own battle with anorexia.
“I have something exciting to share. I think it’s exciting. Amelia Gray has gone to New York and what she’s chosen to study — and I’m so moved to even share it — is nutrition, wellness and psychology,” Rinna, 55, explained.
Added Rinna: “Because she’s so moved by helping people. After sharing her story, she’s become this activist.” (Amelia had first gone public with her personal battle with anorexia in 2018, penning a lengthy Instagram message beside two bikini photos of herself: one from 2017 and another taken shortly before her posting. On a previous episode of RHOBH earlier this year, Amelia admitted to her mother that her struggle with the eating disorder got so bad that at one point, she “could have died.”)
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In a confessional interview, Rinna said of her daughter, “I am so proud of Amelia. She came out on her social media about her anorexia. Amelia has really taken something that has been an issue and turned it into something that is helping other people. I mean, she’s 17. She’s still trying to get through her life and figure it out. It’s like an addict.”
When Mellencamp, 37, asked Rinna if she knew about Amelia Gray’s disorder prior to her daughter disclosing it, Rinna said, “We knew about a few months before that. We saw one of the best anorexia doctors and he feels you’re genetically born with it. It’s genetic.”
At that, Richards bravely revealed her own past struggle.
“I feel really weird even saying anything … because I’ve never ever talked about this. Not even to my daughters, which is why I’m staying quiet because I feel weird,” began Richards, who is mom to daughters Farrah, 30, Alexia, 22, Sophia, 19, and Portia, 11.
“When I was younger, I had my own problems,” continued Richards. “But I never wanted to say because I had my daughters and I never even wanted that in their head.”
She explained that “it started when I was 17. I was on a TV show and I didn’t like — they kept putting me in these big things. And my boobs were big when I was young …read more