There's even more to Kyle Richards' busy life than what you see on the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Despite her commitments to her family and her thriving entertainment and business career, she still somehow makes time for her friends. But it turns out, Kyle wishes she just had a little more time to bake. The Daily Dish spoke to the RHOBH actress about her 20 year marriage to real estate mogul Mauricio Umansky ("It's a miracle"), as well as what future projects she has up her sleeve.
The earrings Maurico got you for your anniversary were amazing and beautiful and spectacular — had you dropped hints about wanting them?
Kyle Richards: I always drop hints! [After I saw them at the Lyme disease gala, I thought], 'Oh my gosh! I have an anniversary coming up.' So I just so happened to send a picture to my husband saying, "Aren't these gorgeous?" But I did not know he was going to actually buy them 'cause that was months ago.
I know that your daughter is going to college in Boston right now. How are you dealing with all that distance?
It was so incredibly hard for me when my first daughter, Farrah, went, and then it was really hard for me when Alexia left. It's a scary feeling as a mom when you feel like they're leaving. I'm buying less food at the market and I'm panicking. But it was easier this time, but my husband and I both cried when we left her there.
Is it harder for you or for him?
It's definitely harder for me. I mean, I feel bad because I lean on him for everything else, but this is something that hurts him, too, that's hard for him, too. So I'm like, "Don't cry — I'm sorry you're allowed to cry!" And then we're both sobbing when we left her. But it was definitely easier than it was last time. And I know it's weird because she's farther away, but it feels so right and I really want her to have an amazing college experience and that's what I am focusing on.
We just have the best time together. I love Camille and every time we're together we laugh, we have so much fun. We laugh about all the problems we used to have and how much we hated each other before. Hate is a strong word. I don't hate anybody, but we didn't like each other at all. But we can tease each other about that. We just had a lot of fun.
What is different now between the two of you?
I think we didn't know each other in the beginning, when we had that argument. Just getting to know each other better [has helped]. I think that all the women, even though we clash at times, there's a camaraderie between us and there's a sisterhood.
This is a fun season too because we have a bunch of returning women — Faye Resnick, Adrienne Maloof. What's it like to have these people you've remained close with all these years make cameos?
I love that. I love when the 'Wives come and make appearances here and there because [it's] nostalgic and I just like having the original crew there. It's where it all started.
What's been the biggest lesson you've learned from doing Housewives?
The biggest lesson I've learned is, well, don't ever say anything you're going to regret because you cannot take it back. Once you open your mouth, it is out in the universe and it will come back to haunt you. Honestly, what I tell any new Housewife that's coming is, "The best advice I can give you is always be yourself. Don't ever get caught up in a moment, just be true to who you are."
What exciting new ventures are you most excited for this year?
I just have a lot of balls in the air with my fours kids, my husband, the show, my store, another TV project I'm working on, so it's just a lot. People always say, "The show is such a great platform to do all these other things," and I'm like, "How many other things do you want me to do? You know what I want to do? I want to stay home and bake cookies, how about that? That's what I want to do." It's a lot, so I try not to bite off more than I can chew because my husband doesn't like when I'm too busy and I don't like to be away from my husband and the kids.
How do you find that balance?
Just always making sure they're the priority. As long as my husband and my kids come first, and they are put before anything else, I don't care if I screw up in the other ways. As long as I'm making them the priority, it's all good.
Check out photos of Kyle through the years, below.