Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky's home was broken into in late December while the family was vacationing in Aspen, Colorado. "Everything" had been taken, including jewelry, watches, handbags, luggage, and even her passport, Kyle said, while speaking to The Daily Dish about the burglary for the first time on Tuesday.
But it's not what was taken that has been really upsetting to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills mom; it was how much the items meant to her and her family. "We first heard about the burglary when we were in Aspen and we were completely shocked. And it was just devastating. I'm very grateful that we're all OK," Kyle told The Daily Dish. "I keep telling myself, these are just things, they are. But it still really hurts a lot. My mom [Kathleen Richards] left me things she had collected her whole life, passed those onto me, and I wanted to pass those things on to my four daughters. And every time I buy something or I've been given something, I think, 'Well, these are gonna be for my daughters one day.' Really, every gift I've ever been given, everything my mother left me, everything that I worked my butt off to buy for myself, all of it has been taken."
Because so much of what was stolen from Kyle's home holds irreplaceable memories, this situation isn't something that a shopping spree can fix. "We were in Aspen and everyone said, 'OK, let's skip skiing today, and we're gonna go shopping.' And I'm like, 'I don't really want to do that right now.' After you've had so much taken from you, I find myself not wanting to buy anything else right now," Kyle shared. "I'm looking at things differently in this moment. I don't know how I'm gonna feel in six months or a year. I really don't know. But the thought of going out and spending a lot of money on a handbag or something like that now just is something that's not appealing to me because now I have this negative connotation with it. So I don't know. I don't know what I'm gonna do moving forward."
Kyle explained why she and her family decided to carry on with their Aspen vacation after being notified about the robbery back home in California. "The last place I wanted to be was home at that moment. So I decided to stay in Aspen with my family and try to focus on the fact that we have each other and we're happy and healthy and enjoy our vacation together because there was nothing I could do at home in L.A. The detectives had handled everything. And everything was gone," she said. "So I think that in moving forward, I don't know if I'll be sharing on social media like I do now, 'Oh, I'm going here, I'm going there.' It changes how you think about everything."
The RHOBH mom expressed a similar sentiment to what Kim Kardashian has said after she was robbed in Paris in 2016, sharing on The View in June 2017 that she has become "a little bit more cautious these days" about what she shares on social media. Kyle is also following Kim's lead in another way after it was recently reported that the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star won't be keeping "expensive possessions like jewelry" at her new home in Hidden Hills. "Like Kim Kardashian, she said her home was gonna be a jewelry-free zone. I am, too. I had a few things I was actually wearing at the time. They're in the bank. I have no desire to put them on," Kyle said. "I went and borrowed these [earrings] from XIV Karats in Beverly Hills. I walked in. They're like, 'Kyle, do you need anything to borrow?' I'm like, 'Please, I'll take anything.' So, for now, I'm good with that."
Kyle has stepped up security in other ways at her home, too. "We actually have an incredible security system in our house. It was just not active at the moment because we're under construction. We have a state-of-the-art alarm system, an amazing camera system going on," she said. "I have five dogs, who were not home at the time. And now we actually have two armed guards on the property, even though there's nothing to steal, but it's just for peace of mind."
The past couple of weeks have been a difficult time for Kyle and her family, but she's definitely counting her blessings when it comes to this unfortunate incident. "It was a terrible, terrible, terrible feeling," Kyle said of the experience. "And it's been a rough time for my family, but we're OK, we're happy and we're healthy, but it's been very sad, really sad."
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