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Real Housewives May Not Have Saved Russell's Life, But Taylor Armstrong Thinks Differently For Herself

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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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14 comments to “Real Housewives May Not Have Saved Russell's Life, But Taylor Armstrong Thinks Differently For Herself”



  1. 1

    Gold digging whore! He killed himself because you spent all the money and then bad mouthed him on the show. He couldn't take it anymore. Vile creature!



  2. 2

    If she thinks being on a dumb ass reality showed saved her life, she's got huge issues. That's the most ridiculous thing I've heard. What a sad reflection on her state of mind. Yet . . . she is clueless . . . . . . plastic bimbo.



  3. 3

    I'm shocked that no one has sued Andy Cohen, he's pulling all the string's and laughing all the way to the bank. They purposely pick insecure people and push them over edge for ratings.
    This is so irresponsible.



  4. 4

    The show SAVED her? How stupid is she? The money saved her. The show killed her husband.



  5. 5

    She put a gun to head with all her lavish lifestyle demands. Andy Cohen hates women as do many gay men. But Kyle is the biggest b**ch of them all!! Paris did not fall far from the tree. She totally screwed her sister out of her share of their mothers house. BTW Kyle, your hair looks like sh*t!!



  6. 6

    Taylor wake up….you have a real case against BRAVO



  7. 7

    She left him when she found out he was broke, spent 93,000 ( 40 days)on his credit cards after leaving him until the cards cut her off. I think she is lying about the abuse and simply means she loves her victim role, not that the show saved her life.



  8. 8

    Some of you people are so fucking heartless. Taylor is saying that with the presence of the cameras, Russell didn't feel as free to abuse her. However, from what little we did see of him on camera, you could tell that the man wasn't dealing with a full deck. He had two other children by two different women whom he rarely interacted with. Coincidence? Probably not.
    And while I was never a Taylor fan, she showed no signs of being after his money. Russell seemed more interested then she did in throwing a $60,000 birthday party for a 4 year old. Russell was the one who was under investigation for fraud. Russell is the one who was hundreds of thousands of dollars in credit card debt and you people are calling Taylor a gold digger?!



  9. 9

    Re: CaliCoyote
    you dont know anything about taylor or her family! someone who chooses to kills themselves makes that choice on their own. russel was too weak to face his problems and took the easy way out by killing himself. he left behind his wife and more importantly his daughter.



  10. 10

    I feel bad that he killed himself, but it's better he took his own life than continuing terrorizing the lives of his family



  11. 11

    She is full of shit that rubber monkey faced lying scaming hobag. She wouldn't have her daughter & if she was so abused 6 years ago I am sure she wouldn't have gotten pregnant she was 33 not 13 for crysake. Dump this anorexic, toxic, Oklahoma bitch out on the curb with the trash.



  12. 12

    Re: KarrieBelle – Thank you! So many people trash her for NO reason…just because they don't like her plastic surgery.



  13. 13

    If Russell was so abusive to her then why would he let her go on the show and expose her life to the world? If he was so abusive and dominant in their relationship, I'm sure he would want to keep that private and no doubt he would order Taylor not to do the show and she would abide by him. Its all bullsh!t, this man is dead and he can't defend himself, apparently he left them in financial debt so it would make sense that she is fabricating stories for the show (more air time, more popularity with drama filled story line this season).. she's SELLING STORIES now to rid her of the financial woes left behind by Russell.



  14. 14

    I am not a huge fan of Taylor Armstrong, but I don't believe her abuse allegations are fake. If you truly look at her during episodes of RHOBH, you can c that she had work done on one of her eyes, which at the time was still swollen and she attempted to cover it with her hair. I think a lot of factors added to Russell's demise, but I do not believe the show killed him. He couldn't face his own demons, and as most abusers, was a classic narcissist. I do believe Taylor did excessively spent money, which didn't help her situation, but believe that was for the cameras. She now has to do it herself. I hope she can show the strength for herself and her poor daughter, Kennedy.