This is just a little too much and a little too soon.
Russell Armstrong's mother is now speaking out about her son's suicide and she's blaming Bravo for his death.
His mom John Ann Hotchkiss revealed that the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reality show "destroyed" her son's marriage with Taylor Armstrong and the criticism he received from co-stars "hurt him deeply."
Speaking out to CNN, she said:
"What bothered me the most, I think, is on the program itself — and this is on video — he would be bashed by some of the other cast members. Especially Lisa [Vanderpump], who is a beautiful lady. I just couldn’t understand why she would be so unkind to him.
I know it hurt him deeply, because he would talk to me about it — never criticizing Taylor, of course. I would not want him to. The program itself just really brought him down."
About any possible signs that her son was unhappy, she continued:
"I watched it slowly destroy their marriage.
Before the new season even started, before he took his life, he said, 'Mom, they’re just going to crucify me this season.' He said, 'I don’t know what to do. I’ll never survive it.' I thought he meant businesswise or something. Perhaps there was a double meaning there. I don’t know."
This is just horrible. Did anyone in his family think to get help when they saw him go in a downward spiral?
And why would his mother come out on television and speak about his private life? His family and friends should really think twice about speaking out to the media. This is just such a sad situation. People are grieving and children are involved. It's time for them to be quiet now.
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