As mentioned in the previous post, Richards was accused on RHOBH of being an alcoholic and a self-medicating pill-popper. Her own sister called her an “alcoholic” on the season one finale.
And now sources are talking and information is leaking even though, officially, she’s seeking treatment at an “undisclosed” location.
RumorFix.com reports that Richards is in “the Betty Ford Center near Palm Springs… for 30 days at a cost of $27,900.” So, she’s in rehab for a relatively short time, for being years into multiple addictions. It sounds like a ploy to save face, so Bravo looks like it did its job. But 30-days isn’t really going to scratch the surface. Surely?
“Kim was told by the people at Bravo that she had to get help and that help meant going into rehab immediately,” said a source. “The network people were worried about her and wanted her to try and fix her problems.”
“After Russell Armstrong’s suicide Bravo is trying to making sure that nothing bad happens to the people on their shows. They don’t want any more tragedies on their hands.”
“The pressures the women face being on the show are enormous. Kim was basically told that if she wanted to stay on the show then she had to get help, so she did. Kim doesn’t have any other significant source of income and she needs to keep her job on the show.”
“It was a strong move for Kim to go ahead and take control of the situation and get help for herself. Everyone is really proud of her.” - via RadarOnline.
So, Richards probably didn’t want to enter rehab and may not have been ready to seek help; instead, being compelled to enter for financial reasons. Which is sadder still. And RadarOnline’s sources made it sound like fear of a backlash led to their decision.
People.com’s sources have been talking too. They add the issues Richards is seeking help for are “serious.”
“Kim has been to rehab more than once before,” says the source, “but every time is a new time, and everyone just hopes this sticks and that she gets the help she needs. It’s serious.”
“Her family is relieved she’s getting help,” adds the source. “She has lots of issues. She needs help.” - People.