“I feel really weird even saying anything — because I’ve never ever talked about this,” Richards told her co-stars while lunching in Provence. “Not even to my daughters, which is why I’m staying quiet because I feel weird.”
“When I was younger, I had my own problems,” she explained. “But I never wanted to say because I had my daughters and I never even wanted that in their head. 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 and my sisters were tiny and cute.”
“Everybody was blonde and blue-eyed and skinny. I said, ‘I don’t like my wardrobe’ and they said, ‘Well, lose some weight and we’ll put you in cuter wardrobe,’” she continued. “People would compliment me and the more they complimented me, the less I would eat. I would take V8 juice and put it in a bowl and heat it up and that was my food. I was 99 pounds.”
The RHOBH star said that was her habit “for years” and that there were times she would only eat “six almonds” all day.
“When I was growing up and my sisters were so skinny and all the models were, that’s what triggered all of that. But I was very self-conscious,” she started to cry.
In her confessional, Kyle explained, “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.”
“It terrified me to ever tell my children, ‘I used to have an eating disorder,’” she said in another confessional. “I always wanted them to have a healthy body image and I never say things like, ‘Oh, I feel fat in this’ or pointing out anything about their body. I just wanted them to be healthy.”
“I have to say I regret talking about this,” she tweeted after the episode aired. “I don’t want any young people getting ideas. Which is why I never discussed it before. I’m not proud. Just being honest.”
Meanwhile, while some fans were very supportive of Kyle’s honesty others felt she was just trying to create a storyline and gain attention.
Following the episode, Kyle was bombarded with nasty tweets. See some of the tweets below!
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs on Bravo Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET.