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Dorit Kemsley Gets Emotional Opening Up About Her Home Invasion
"I fought for my and my kids' lives, and I got really lucky," the RHOBH cast member shared.
In a recent interview with Extra, Dorit opened up to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave about how she's doing following the incident. "I am trying to put one foot in front of the other. It's coming in waves. It's very raw. But you know what, I have to keep things as normal as possible for my kids, because I got really lucky," Dorit shared. "I fought for my and my kids' lives, and I got really lucky. And I got lucky, and after that, no matter what that experience was, for the days that followed, I just kept thanking God that I got out of there, and my kids didn't wake up, and they didn't know anything about it."
The fact that her children, son Jagger, 7, and daughter Phoenix, 5, are unaware of the events of that night is nothing short of miraculous, as Dorit explained that her kids usually sleep in her bed with her when her husband, Paul "PK" Kemsley, who was in London at the time, is out of town. However, that night, Dorit decided to tuck them into their own beds in order for everyone to get a good's night's sleep after the family recently returned home from London.
Dorit then recounted the moment the intruders entered her home, which you can hear more about in the below clip. "During this entire process, all I kept thinking was, 'Please don't let those babies wake up. Please don't let them see their mother in this situation,'" Dorit recalled. "But I stayed very, very calm, because I knew they were very panicked, and if I didn't, the situation could've gone a lot worse."
Dorit said that her children still have "no idea" what happened that night. "They woke up, and they went to school. And they're homeschooled, so they didn't go to school where, because the next day everybody knew about it, where kids were asking what happened," she said. "So, they've been contained in our normal life. They're used to people coming in and out of the house. That's the way they grew up. So I've managed to keep it as normal as possible for them while I'm working through what's happening in me physically."
Since the incident, the RHOBH ladies have been "beyond supportive," according to Dorit. "I've had an outpouring of love and support, I mean, more than I could have ever dreamed," she shared.
But the journey to healing continues to be a process for Dorit, and it's something that she knows will take time. "I'm learning, because I've never gone through something like this," she said. "And because of the outcome, I'm really able to wake up every morning and remember I'm lucky, I'm blessed, I can handle this. If it was my kids, it's a different situation."
PK recently showed his support for Dorit in a post on Instagram on November 9 in which he shared a note that he received from "a dear friend" that applauded how his wife handled the scary situation in his absence.
He previously thanked everyone for the "kind words of support" following the news of the home invasion in a post on Instagram on October 29. "Dorit and myself have been overwhelmed by the show of love. We can’t respond to every message (I can’t even respond to all the texts and [WhatsApps])," PK wrote. "So I wanted to tell you all that we are doing [OK]. I’m home and we are all together and will get through this. The babies are [great,] they are [totally] unaware and life is going to return to normal hopefully very quickly."
Dorit also showed her gratitude while addressing the incident in a post on Instagram on October 30. "More than anything, I’m feeling blessed that my kids and family are safe," she wrote in the caption to the post, which also included an update on how she and her family were doing at the time. "Truly grateful for the messages of love and support from you all who have reached out."
Many members of the Bravo family have shown their support for the Kemsleys in the days following the home invasion.