'Real Housewives' Star Kim Richards: 'I'm An Alcoholic'

After an emotional season of high and lows, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kim Richards has come clean about her struggles with addiction.

In a sit-down interview with Bravo’s Andy Cohen – as part of the show’s three-part reunion special – Kim reveals the reason behind her sometimes erratic and often tear-filled behavior this past season.

“I’m an alcoholic,” Kim tells Andy in a preview clip of the upcoming reunion episode. “I’m an alcoholic.”

The 47-year-old, who began treatment for alcohol abuse in December, was not part of the group reunion episodes with co-stars Taylor Armstrong, Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof, sister Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump, but the ladies of the 90210 offered up their support and observations on Kim and her behavior during the season.

“I think we were all aware that something was off, but we didn’t know quite what it was. It was very difficult to try and ascertain,” Lisa said in a preview clip when asked if she knew Kim was struggling. “I think she wouldn’t have gone without really needing to be there. She obviously has to sort something out.”

Adrienne, who remained a close friend to Kim during Season 2, said, “It takes a lot of courage to do what she has done. It’s a step in the right direction.”

“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” reunion special begins on January 30 at 9 PM on Bravo.

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