Kyle Richards: How Paris Hilton Helped Me Handle Fame

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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards says that her niece Paris Hilton has helped her navigate the murky waters of fame.

"I talk to her about it all the time," she told "She's obviously gone through all this and she's become very strong."

Hilton's words of advice? "She told me people will make things up and they'll attack you, and it's very difficult. She's helped me learn to be a little thicker-skinned. I've heard so much about the show, and people have been so kind and it's really been very touching."

The hardest part about filming the Bravo show was her watching the explosive fight with sister Kim, shown on the season finale. "When I had my argument with my sister, people were very angry about that. And it was so painful to me because I kept thinking — I wanted to call each and every person and be like, "No, let me explain!" But you can't. It's painful."

She and Kim are on better terms now. "Kim and I are good. It took a while, but we're happy. We've put it behind us and we're moving forward. We had a very rough time though. We both needed to heal and discuss the things that had happened, off-camera. There were other things that led up to that moment. So it was a very difficult time. And it was difficult having that play out on television, because the viewers don't judge you by your lifetime of history together. It looks like just a moment."

And being on the show has made her reexamine how she treats Kim. "I think that it's taught me that what I was doing [with Kim] wasn't working. Now I don't try to step in as much, and I let her be who she is."

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