This season on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, we watched Lisa Rinna's daughter Amelia Gray Hamlin bravely open up about her struggle with anorexia. In tonight's episode, the 17-year-old's story inspired Kyle Richards to open up about her past eating disorder for the first time ever. Watch the preview clip above to see the powerful moment.
"Lisa Rinna opened up about Amelia, who was very brave to share her struggles with an eating disorder," Kyle shared in a heartfelt interview during the episode. "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."
During a lunch in Provence, France, she told her fellow Housewives: "I've never ever talked about this, not even to my daughters, which is why I'm staying quiet."
Kyle bravely went on to reveal that when she was a young actress, a colleague at a TV show made body-shaming comments that contributed to her eating disorder: "I said 'I don't like my wardrobe,' and they said 'Well lose some weight and we'll put you in a cuter wardrobe.'"
The women immediately sympathized with Kyle and understood how these toxic comments led to her internal struggle. "You started doing that," reasoned Erika Girardi. Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, who has been open about her own struggles with her weight, added, "and then you'd get rewarded for it."
Kyle shared, "People would compliment me... the more they complimented me, the less I would eat... I was 99 pounds. It was like that for years."
The ladies rallied around Kyle, whose story reinforces the profound impact body-shaming comments can have on people, especially young people.
Watch the full moment in the touching video above.
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