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More Details On Taylor Armstrong's Interview With Entertainment Tonight.

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We can't even begin to imagine how difficult this must have been, considering all of the circumstances, but he left her in financial shambles and we think if her story can help anyone in a similar situation, then she's doing the right thing.

Last night, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Taylor Armstrong opened up about the severe physical abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband, Russell, before his shocking suicide last month, to Entertainment Tonight, and it chillingly made some of her more erratic behavior on the reality series much more understandable.

According to the emotional, heartwrenching interview, the abuse, which occurred around 20 times and were violent rages composed of "a lot of screaming, combined with a few hits to the face," started when she was pregnant with her daughter, Kennedy, and she made his other two children a pizza that he didn't find acceptable.

She revealed:

"The first time [Russell] ever really harmed me physically, I was pregnant with Kennedy and he grabbed me by the throat and held me against a wall. Nothing had really happened to set him off, but I saw his ability to go from zero to 60 that quickly. He grabbed me by the neck and shoved me up against the wall and he said, 'If you ever make my children a pizza without a vegetable again, I'll kill you.'"

She continued:

"He would grab me by one side of the hair on my head and bang the other side of my head against the car. He mentioned he was afraid he might kill me, and I think he meant in an almost accidental way, that he would get so angry at me at some time that he would hit me, and I would hit something, or he would grab me by the neck and something would go wrong."

And in the most recent and most shocking incident, during which he damaged her eye so badly that she needed surgery, Taylor revealed that the abuse had rendered her so terrified of and dependent on him that she was willing to lie to the doctors and blame her injuries on Kennedy.

She explained:

"I could have lost my eye, for sure. I told the doctor that Kennedy had kicked me. Because Russell told me to tell him that. And Russell went with me to the appointment, and sat in the chair with me the entire time. And when I came out of the flap repair, he immediately came into the recovery room with me, and stayed there until I left. And…I didn't want him to go to jail, so I guess that was all right. [The doctors] did say 'You might need to give your kid some tennis shoes, I don't know what kind of shoes she kicked you with.' But, you know, they were a little surprised with the degree of the injury from a child."

Just horrific. Such a poor thing. But given that she's also opened up about being raised in an abusive household, the sad reality is that she found herself repeating the patterns that she had known as a child.

Taylor concluded:

“They [the photos] send a pretty loud message that regardless of how someone looks on the outside, you don’t know what’s going on on the inside.”

Exactly. It's no one's place to pass judgment on this poor woman. She may have put herself on a reality television show, but that doesn't mean that the public could ever truly know what it was like living in that house.

Our thoughts continue to go out to her and her daughter during this time.

And if you or anyone you know recognize these symptoms, please find the strength to reach out and get help. This kind of violence will only end in more violence:

The repetition of the violence despite the abusers attempts to "make nice" results in the abused partner feeling at fault for not preventing a repeat cycle of violence. However since she is not at fault and the violence is internally driven by the abuser's need to control, this self-blame results in feelings of helplessness rather than empowerment. The feeling of being both responsible for and helpless to stop the violence leads in turn to depression and passivity. This learned depression and passivity make it difficult for the abused partner to marshall the resources and support system needed to leave.

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29 comments to “More Details On Taylor Armstrong's Interview With Entertainment Tonight.”

  1. 1


    you wait until Russell is dead to lay out more shit about him..

    I love she states that he first hit her when she was pregnant…..yet she still stayed for 5 years longer putting her daughter in danger because he was so dangerous…

    I think she makes up half this stuff…you would have seen his anger or bruises on her last season during the show…….bullshit taylor…you caused Russell's death.

  2. 2

    Wow, her husband commiting suicide was the best thing that ever happened to her career! Good for her.

  3. 3

    Glad for her courage. More people (men &women) should speak out about it to understand the nature of abuse and why it last so long and why she didn't leave sooner. Because of people like the azzhatz about me they don't. The victim is not allowed to speak out are they? foh

  4. 4

    I hope she quietly, and gracefully goes away for a long time. Go on with your life. Leave Hollywood. For your daughter. Thank you.

  5. 5

    did she hang herself??

  6. 6

    I'm not going to say there was no abuse in that marriage, but to bring it up now after your husband (who supported you and your child financially even though he was broke and a thief) is disgusting and morally not right. If there was such abuse in front of his two previous children why haven't they come forward to say it happened? Taylor is as guilty as Russell was with all his financial shemes. She lied about being tied to the Ford family and once it was proven she wasn't she changed her name yet again. She has changed her name 3 times and has ripped off people with Russell for financial gain and greed. I have no sympathy for her. I feel for her daughter though. Her mother is a con artist who should be in jail. To bring up abuse allegations and not have any proven record of it is just gross.

  7. 7

    Y'know, if my wife came home with an upper lip injection that looked like that, i'd probably whip her ass too. This is bullshit anyway, poor taylor my ass, if it was that bad, take your daughter and go. This isn't the 50's, or even the 80's for that matter. Eventually women are going to have to stop making excuses for not leaving. Everyone know's you HAVE to leave. Not leaving, when you have kids, makes you a BAD PARENT. This bitch should not be celebrated.

  8. 8

    So you are saying it was morally right for him to do so? So because HE chose to end his life early her lips should be sealed forever? No, I don't think so. Nice warped thinking people.

  9. 9

    She only left him when he was broke. You are not helping women that truly go through this. He left you at a party, you didn't seem terrified for your life you were sad that he didn't want to party more. You are destroying a man for 3 kids for money. I believe you probably told Russell Bravo was going to air you playing the victim and he couldn't live w/ the false allegations. Did you ever mention you were visting him alone after you left his broke butt, sounds like fear.

  10. 10

    Re: Bunniesattack – I think she was abusing him.

  11. 11

    Her lips look like someone's stretched-out butthole.

  12. 12

    Re: catsmeow – you don't know if she is really a victim or making this up…..there was never any police reports or proof of her abuse except WHAT she states…and Russell can't defend himself….stop being an advocate for something that isn't real.

  13. 13

    Re: XraySpex – HA! I love it.

  14. 14

    Re: catsmeow – you don't know if he ever did anything to her because he can not defend himself….who says she isn't making all this shit up because of her book coming out…….people lie in this world…..including Taylor.

  15. 15

    Re: catsmeow – Actually yes, that's exactly what the fuck i'm saying. She is not doing this for anything else but attention. She should not bring this up now. She has a daughter by him and the only thing this accomplishes other that pity for her, is to hurt her daughter by letting her know her dad was a piece of shit. Again, she isn't helping anyone, just doing it for herself, in spite of her daughter. She should be ashamed, but without a soul, you can't have shame.

  16. 16

    She is such an f-ing LIAR! She has always been a big liar.

  17. 17

    Her lips are grotesque and totally fucked up. You can also tell she's lying because those grotesque and totally fucked up lips are flapping. She probably thanks Satan every night for letting that man die so she could make up more and more shit about him. Burn bitch.

  18. 18

    Shame on Taylor! Russell can no longer defend himself, so she should shut up about their past. We don't know if any of her claims are true. What we do know is that Taylor has been affiliated with organizations that protect domestic violence victims, and she has pretended publicly that she experienced DV in her childhood, but is an adult success story. If she also picked and stayed with an abuser, then she had no business trying to help other victims. Honestly this women has lied so often, it's hard to believe anything that she says.

  19. 19

    pizza without a vegetable!! omg!! i love it!! she's such a fucking lying piece of shit.

  20. 20

    Enough of this weird lipped woman already. Who CARES??? She is nobody, and it's very sad that her husband committed suicide, but I'm sick of seeing her whining and crying. She was divorcing the man for God's sake, and he was a wife beater. Why is she so sad? It was over, and she made the choice to get rid of him, and now she is rid of him. He obviously had mental problems if he killed himself, so now it's all solved. She should be happy that she doesn't have to go through custody fights and arguments about money. I think the reason she is crying all the time is because they were broke, and now she knows she will have to get a job and support herself and her kid. There's something wrong with her lips, and she looks terrible!!! She has the weirdest mouth and looks at LEAST 10 years older than she is.

  21. 21

    What a trash bag
    I hope his family goes after this tramp,and that little queen from Bravo
    and sues them both big time
    And than I hope his family files to gain custody of his little girl,obviously Taylor is unfit to raise a child

  22. 22

    I think she is just using her husbands suicide as an excuse to cash in. I DO not feel sorry for her as far as SUPPOSEDLY experiencing DV. Her husband is dead and can not defend himself. There are thousands of people that have family members that commit sucide every day, week, year…you don't see THEM trying to cash in on their personal tragedies. One day THEIR children will look back on this moment and realize what a money grubbing h**ker their mother is/was. I think that BRAVO should be ashamed of themselves for advocating this sort of circus TV.

  23. 23

    Wow you are some heartless people and obviously dont know anything about abusers or the abused. The abused protect their abusers by lying to friends and family and pretending that everything is perfect. Abusers will hurt the abused with verbal abuse lowering the abused self esteem and confidence, and instilling a fear in them that if they leave they will be left with nothing because they begin to believe that it is their fault for why the abuser is hurting them. Nobody knows what was going on in her home, and she didnt wait until after he killed himself to share what was happening, she told some of her story while he was still alive. Reports have stated that his friends said that the allegations of abuse probably contributed to his suicide. Its his own selfish self that CHOSE to take his life because he was a coward and couldnt take the heat of the crap he was doing to his wife and clearly in business.

  24. 24

    You people are so warped and delusional. Our families run in the same circles as Taylor and Russell. Whispers have been going on about them in Bev Hills FOREVER! Whispers of them being con-artists, fakes, users, social climbers, phonies you name it, it's been talked about. There have been whispers about the abuse for so long. So many people tried to get her to come clean, after always seeing bruises on her arms, neck, and side of her face. She never admitted it, EVER. She actually stood by that jerk off and protected him. No one understood. However, you cannot help someone that doesn't want to be helped. She's coming out now because she wants to tell her side and she deserves to do that. I am personally glad she is, I never understood (none of us) what was going on with them. He was so mean, aloof, weird, disconnected and creepily scary. However, that woman has been through hell and back. Life has not been to kind her and I am hoping she can eventually begin to heal. No one has seen or heard from her, this whole situation is a mess. But to hear you IDIOTS sit and say she's lying about the abuse makes me sick! This is why women who are abused remain silent. You should all be ashamed.

  25. Sgirl says – reply to this


    Not sure if I believe this woman or not. Nevertheless, why would she go on ET to talk about this? Is this entertaining to her? I don't get it. If she is trying to tell her story in the hopes of helping others, why not got to womens shelters or speak somewhere that she isn't profiting from? Makes no sense to me. This man just committed suicide. This is really classless of her to do this. I remember her speaking about domestic violence once on the show. She said it happened in a previous relationship. I sure hope she isn't making this stuff up.

  26. 26

    Re: nikki 6 – If the abuse allegations are true, then she has to accept some of the responsibility for - picking him, having a child with him, and staying with him after he abused her.

  27. 27

    Re: nikki 6 – But she didn't leave til she found out he was broke. She was a liar about a lot of things yes.Re: Sgirl – She is making huge money to expolit his death and trash the father of three children.

  28. 28

    I hope she's not lying about the abuse, that would be horrible but I do think she's exagerating about some things for attention. Some of the things she's claimed her 5 year old has said to her about not being happy in this life and how she'll find someone who will treat her better one day…it all sounds far too mature for any five year old I ever met. I also don't understand why she's going to ET with this instead of something a little classier…

  29. 29

    I think Entertainment Tonight interviews Tayor Armstrong is unfair to her dead husband and it is a heartless and stupid interview that the show has been done. Oviously, the dead man can't defend himself. So Tylor Armstrong can open her big mouth & say what ever she wants to say. And thanks to Entertaiment Tonight, job well done for walking over a dead man's body!