It's sad, but many people still believe that his role on the hit reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, played a hand in Russell Armstrong's decision to kill himself this summer. However, we may never know the real reason why Russell decided to end his life, so it isn't fair to speculate. What we do know is that his wife, Taylor Armstrong, swears that without the show, she might've taken the same path as her husband.
While being interviewed this morning on KTLA-TV, Taylor admitted what an impact the show had and has on her life, especially during the most abusive stages of her marriage. She explained:
"There was a storm happening in my life that was very separate from a camera being there. I was in an abusive relationship for six years and that was going on…The only thing I would say. if the cameras were not in my life, I might not be sitting here today. A lot of domestic violence situations end in murder-suicide, versus just suicide. I have my daughter with me today, and by the grace of god and, perhaps, reality TV, I'm sitting here and so is she."
Wow. Bet no one ever thought of her situation that way. Guess you can never really understand people's motives until they share them with you.
Like the physical abuse; it was only after Russell was gone did Taylor feel safe enough to share the constant ordeal she had been dealing with being married to Russ. Taylor revealed that she has a titanium implant "holding up" her right eye, due to an injury inflicted by Russell, and then added:
"I believe that, subconsciously, I may have signed up for the show to try and allow my problems to be in the public eye to some extent because, again, it was my saving grace. Going through that for so long and then having the ability to find a platform of my own—which is really what I want to focus on now, helping women who are in a dangerous situation, find a platform find a financial source to get them out of that situation before something tragic happens."
Well, something really tragic did happen and we guess this is the way you're choosing to get past this.
It's a fairly complicated and saddening situation, even now, months after it happened.
We just want the best for everyone involved. Some peace and some clarity on the past, present and whatever lies ahead.
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