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The Timeline Of Taylor Armstrong's Abuse: Things Just Don't Add Up

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We've heard it said that there are three sides to every story: His, Hers, and the Truth.

In the case of Taylor Armstrong's alleged abusive relationship with husband Russell Armstrong, all we'll ever have to go on is her version of the details of their marriage. For many years, she has been portrayed as a rather sheltered woman, never speaking illy once about her relationship and home life. Then, her husband committed suicide and wave of revelations came to light about the way he treated her and the physical abuse.

But how much of it is true? How much do we believe? With her autobiography coming out, everyone anyone would ever want to know about this Real Housewives star and her marriage will be at their fingertips, but perhaps not everything she writes is completely factual.

Consider this:

When Taylor appeared on Dr. Phil last September, she recounted one of the far more shocking fights with Russell in which he apparently gave her a black eye. Her story goes that Russell confronted Taylor "when they got home" from her 40th birthday party at the Four Seasons Hotel, insisting that she cheated on him and punched her in the eye. The injury was apparently so bad, Taylor almost lost her eye.

But shortly after that, Taylor's story changed. In another interview, she explained that the fight went down in their room at the Four Seasons, not a at "home" list she said in her original account. When asked to explain the discrepancy, Taylor said, “I just meant when we got home to the hotel.”

But then, she was asked about a tweet she sent out the following morning, the day after the alleged fight, in which she told her followers she was sitting poolside and basking in the weather. When asked why she would stay the next day and party at the pool with a black eye, Taylor said, “No, no. I had orbital floor blowout—never a black eye from the punch.”

So then, if she didn't have a black eye, what was the photograph she showed Dr. Phil all about? Her explanation: an example of her face after her July 5, 2011, reconstructive surgery, which included inserting titanium mesh inside her orbital floor to, literally, keep her eyeball in the socket.

Seems like she has an answer for every thing … but is it the truth???

We don't want to believe this woman would go to such lengths as to drag her husband's name through the mud merely for attention and fame, especially considering the severity of her allegations.

But do we put it past her?

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50 comments to “The Timeline Of Taylor Armstrong's Abuse: Things Just Don't Add Up”

  1. 1

    What she claims to have happened is most likely over-exaggerated. Almost lost your eyesight? It would look HORRIFIC. I'm sure there would be very, noticeable public image problems with your eye that would last quite awhile. Seeing how she is such a public figure, (along with the other housewives if you know what I mean) there is no way to hide such damage. It doesn't just heal 100% either magically.

  2. 2

    "illy" is not a word.

  3. 3

    FINALLY! Its about time things started to come to light. This lady is a con artist, glad I don't have to see Perez "feeling sorry" for her anymore. Now she just needs to go away

  4. 4

    I do believe that she was beaten and abused however I do feel that she has lied SO much about what happened that she cant keep it all straight. It's clear that Russell was a total dick and he did hit her and abuse is NEVER EVER OK.. She is being ridiculed for NOT coming out sooner. Plain and simple,., she lied about so much shes trying to catch it all up. Cant be done.

  5. 5

    When Adrienne Maloof found out everyone was being told that she was godmother to Taylor's daughter, Adrienne denied it. Taylor LIES. That was Season 1.

  6. 6

    Wow your an idiot. You don't wanna beleive she is a fame whore huh. For god sakes, she is a horrible person and is proffiting off her dead husbands suicide. No wonder he killed himself, having to live with that. And you just enable her. Fucking idiot.

  7. 7

    She's gross, Kyle should not let her around her family.

  8. 8

    If you look at the pics that were around the internet lately one of them has an x on her forehead right above the eye that was black and blue. Plastic surgeons use black markers on thier patients so that was most likely a pic of her after one of many of her surgeries. If a person tells the truth they don't have to have a good memory. When you tell lies upon lies there is no wayt that you can keep them all straight. I remember the look on Russell's face at the White Party when the gals were talking about the rumors and he even said what are they all talking about. She started all the bull shit and I think that he was the weak one in the relationship and couldn't take it anymore. She more or less gave him the rope to hang himself. Sad for his 3 children.

  9. 9

    I thought Taylor Armstrong started discussing the alleged abuse well before her husband's apparent suicide. She began talking about it among her friends months before Russell Armstrong's death.

  10. 10

    Thank God people are finally starting to question this grifter's stories!

  11. 11

    Im slightly disappointed that you would write an article like this Perez. This woman has clearly been through alot. People who go through abuse learn that lying/covering things up is easier and it hurts less then the truth. Not to mention is makes total sense for someone who spends so much time traveling to say when they got home, meaning when they got back to their room. It makes me sad that people make up such falsities for a story, or something to gossip about. What has our world come to….
    Some of these comments are just disgusting. Im going to assume most of the ignorance is from people who have never experienced abuse. Well to some of your comments…. Yes it is possible for a man to beat you so hard you almost loose your eye, You have no right to call her a Fame Whore- this is her Career and if someone beat you im sure you would have to continue on no mater what your job was, How do you know she lied? Were you there? Did you watch her cry and bleed in a corner as the man whos supposed to love and protect her beat her?

    That amount of judgement is just horrendous.

  12. 12

    Sadly all the negative remarks are what keep most women from leaving relationships or talking to family or friends about their situation. Watching what is happening to Taylor happens to millions of women. I truly think she was abused and between living with her life at home and then her life on camera and then her life as a mom she had to keep appearances up. My heart goes out to her and her daughter.

  13. 13

    Re: HarlequinKitty92 – Completely agree!

    Sadly all the negative remarks are what keep most women from leaving relationships or talking to family or friends about their situation. Watching what is happening to Taylor happens to millions of women. I truly think she was abused and between living with her life at home and then her life on camera and then her life as a mom she had to keep appearances up. My heart goes out to her and her daughter.

  14. 14

    Taylor Armstrong is a habitual liar, the most dangerous kind of liar. The other housewives should stay far, far away from her. Her husband killed himself because she went on the show and started with her "beating" lies and ruined his reputation. I hope all of the truth comes out and Russell's family sues her and gets custody of that little girl, the child should be no where near her, she is dangerous!! That 'Black Eye" is from cosmetic surgery and if someone knocks your jaw out, you don't lean over a toilet and pop it back in, the pain would be so great you would have to go to the ER. This woman has no shame OR remorse for what she has caused and one day, all of her lies will come back on her.

  15. 15

    anyone who doesn't believer her is an IDIOT. most people suspected abuse in season one and were not surprised to learn all of this. it's true

  16. 16

    I know she needs the money, but I would not be able to profit from a book like this. Maybe she would be taken more seriously if she donated the money to a Battered Womens shelter and got a real job.

  17. 17

    Drag the old skank out to the public square, shave her head, and give her a good thrashing,remove Russell's daughter from her , and than send her sorry ass off to live in Chicago, next to Rosie

  18. 18

    drunk drug addict doesn't even know what the truth is.

  19. 19

    Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.

    Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.

    Everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.

    The stats, unfortunately, are in her favor. I'm glad he just killed himself and not her and his little girl which happens a lot. Ignorant people need to stop commenting.

  20. 20

    I don't believe it! My sister was hit in the eye with a broom handle and suffered an orbital blowout. In order for that to happen you WILL suffer a long lasting black eye. Pandering to sale a book and worse doing now that another can not defend themselves…DISGUSTING!

  21. 21

    People can say " how could we not believe her"? I do believe he hit her, it's all the rest of her history and background that has so many lies. In the book does she ever explain all the lies about her name and family history. Tell the whole truth 100%, explain how you lied about being a Ford,"of the Ford motor family empire" then your story will be of credit.

  22. 22

    People will say and do sometimes irrational things while in an abusive relationship. I don't think it's fair to even begin to criticize her experience regardless of what did or did not happen. Not one of us knows her unique story but her and I think it's disgusting to break down a chain of events like that trying to find a hole in the story. It's stories like this that leave so many people feeling ashamed and afraid to come forward for fear of being ridiculed or questioned for authenticity. This blog is entertaining and fun, keep it that way…speculating about abuse is not.

  23. 23

    Re: HarlequinKitty92 – Agree completely

  24. 24

    Even if the orbital floor blowout was true, why would you still be sitting poolside? Nothing she says makes sense to me. Especially the broken jaw thing. If it was really knocked out of place, and say she did put it back in place, she would've still had to go to the hospital. There's no way that you can have a broken jaw and "fix" it and it's like nothing happened. I call bullshit on a lot of these stories.

  25. 25

    Re: HarlequinKitty92 – I have been through abuse. Both emotional and physical. One time I was beaten so bad I had bruises all over my legs and arms. The next day I wasn't sitting out by the pool. I stayed inside because I was ashamed of the marks that were left on me. I'm sure he did hit her, but I honestly think a lot of what she says has been exaggerated. Plus, how come her friends were even questioning whether everything was true or not. Not one of them saw any marks on her.

  26. 26

    IDk why this is so shocking.. lets be real, she is milking this for all it's worth….! She is a liar and she is constantly looking for drama, and for ways cash in on drama. What kind of woman shops a tell all book with unsubstantiated claims about a man who does not have the opportunity to defend himself before his body was even cold! Not to mention the cruelty she is doing to the children. I would hate to have my families dirty laundry aired for the entire world to see, it would be humiliating and embarrassing. She is truly a disgusting individual.

  27. 27

    Re: MsJules – Well said! I couldn't agree with you more!

  28. 28

    Why don't you give credit to your sources? You didn't write this; I believe it was Diane Diamond from the "Daily Beast." I notice you do this quite often, not disclosing that you actually didn't write the stuff you print. Isn't that plagiarism?

  29. 29

    WOW!!! I hope these contributors never have to face abuse from their loved ones in their life time cuz you wouldn't know how to deal with it. It's plain and simple… she was abused… then has had to lie about it over and over again because that is what happens in abusive relationships. You fabricate a story to make it seem all better.
    Also since she does have a little bit of money, it would make sense that she could have had a private appointment in her hotel room from a physician to make it manageable. She has access to make-up artists and whomever to make the eye look better so she could "cover it up"…
    When you tell a lot of lies to cover up abuse, the stories do tend to not make sense. Usually this is a sign that abuse is happening as one story doesn't hold up to the other one.
    And its true, we do only have one side… instead of pushing her down for her incredible strength, we should be praising her for making abuse the centre stage.

    Hollywood will always be Hollywood…

  30. 30

    Re: CrazyCanadianChick – Have you ever been abused? I have. I never lied to make it seem all better. And from what I understand, they really didn't have all the money that they made it out to be.

  31. 31

    She's a pathological liar

  32. 32


  33. 33

    Maybe she killed her husband. Who knows? Anything and everything is possible when lies and abuse are involved.

  34. cnc80 says – reply to this


    This woman's lies were initially brought to light from StoopidHousewives, not this site or the beast. The "timeline" was put together by that site. I strongly urge everyone to check out that site and see the timeline/TRUTH about this woman. What the average viewer may not know is Taylor has changed her name about 5 times, what normal person does that? She was also married once before, something lied about on the show as well. She has a history with lying and could basically be labeled a sociopath or grifter. I know those who do not watch or are familiar with her will cry out, how dare you say she lied about being abused! When it was brought to Russell's attention on the show (the night of the white party) that he abused her he had a genuine look of confusion and his wife tried to cover up that someone else lied. She is now using his death as a scapegoat because basically anyperson with morals wouldn't call out a dead man's widow under normal circumstances (as seen on the reunion). Also she is now using her kid as a shield by bringing her on her press tour, yet she said the kid didn't know daddy's dead? Yes it is unfortunate he passed but now she is tarnishing his name 6 months after he died. This is a case of fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. The true fans of the show are not dumb and will not be fooled by this liar any longer. I am glad this site and others are starting to bring this up because we as the public should no longer be lied to.

  35. 35

    Re: johnboy79 – didn't you see her black eye on t.v.? Lisa did right away and said something. Why argue the severity of a black eye, it shouldn't be there in the first place.

  36. 36

    Re: cnc80 – there are pictures of her face bruised, she's not lying about that. He may have looked confused because who is going to jump up and say, "yes, I'm a massive a-hole." and your confusing a perplexed look with vacant look. and whoever would take the time to create a timeline of this really has a pathetic existence. She's not trashing his name, he did that himself- he ADMITTED to pushing her and he also f'ed over a lot of people financially. he tarnished his own name.

  37. 37

    Re: MikelJoshua – maybe monkeys can secretly talk?

  38. 38

    Re: Christik – bc every person acts EXACTLY like you in the same situation. no, people are different. maybe documenting each date and time isn't that important when you're getting the sh1t kicked out of you.

  39. 39

    I don't think she's lying, but I do think she should take it down a notch and let her husband rest in peace. I support her fight against domestic violence, and I'm sure he was a real prick. But hes dead, no one should be dragged through the mudd once theyre gone

  40. 40

    Going back to Season 1 of the RHOBH, there was an episode when the housewives and their husbands visited I believe it may have been Las Vegas, I just remember they were at a hotel and everyone was having a good jolly time. All of a sudden, Russell came up to Taylor and told her that they had to leave, and Taylor had to abruptly get up from where she was sitting to go, waving goodbye to the rest of the girls. They all asked her whether she had to really go and Taylor just nodded hurriedly, getting up to join Russell who was by the door waiting for her. It really seemed like he was ordering her to leave and Taylor had to obey, no questions asked. This is just one incident of the intimidating and controlling behavior that Russell seems to have exerted on Taylor. And I was there to see it on Season 1 of the show, along with millions of other viewers. To now analyze every word that Taylor uttered to see how it compares with other statements she made is ridiculous and nitpicking. Do we always make sense in what we say 100% of the time, using every correct word and nuance? Of course not. Sometimes we say part of something, the next time we broach the same subject we may add a little more, and so forth. I would NOT conclude that Taylor is lying on this basis. Human beings are imperfect, speak imperfectly and behave in contradictory ways, especially when under pressure.

  41. aword says – reply to this


    Other things that don't add up is she said the black eye was from a box falling out of her closet. If it was abuse there be other bruise to the face. Now that she has no proof of abuse she using that picture taken after Russel death. She claimed he broke her jaw but she went into the bathroom and set it. OK….. I guess that why there no medical records showing she broke a jaw…However Richard the plastic surgeon worked on her. He felt her face and if a woman had signs of a past break to the jaw their going to ask what happen. That a red flag.Not only didn't he but his wife doubted her story.
    Also she and her husband had a charity for abused woman. Isn't she under investigation for misappropriation of funds for that charity?. Regardless if you chairing a charity for abused woman. No way are you standing up there knowing your being abused and going on..
    all I know is the only violence I witnessed on the show was her lunging at the other woman the threatening to pull a Oklahoma on them out back.Her being wasted and screaming and Russel being clam and quite and buying her daughter a puppy.

  42. 42

    OMG such a lyin sack of crap this woman. Is she Casey Anthony's Okie Cuzzin?
    Changes her story like she changes her lipstick. Please everyone stop interviewing her or giving her any tv/media face time.
    If this chick was for real she'd be out at places like Haven House, Rainbow or Ronald McDonald counseling women & kids who have really been abused and have no $$$ & need help. She is just fame whoring this made up story because the hsuband is dead & can't disprove it & she has no real talent.

  43. 43

    you are ridiculous. i have always believed and loved everything you have said Perez but this is jus ridiculous. you are disgusting for accusing her of fabricating such tragic happenings in her life. this is the exact reason why women that are abused DONT speak up. because people like you dont "believe" me or question them. so they sit at home and take the pain. you disgusted me today and I will no longer be returning to your website. you disgusting pig.

  44. 44

    Re: aword – read her book idiot. she didnt say he broke her jaw. she said he popped it out of socket.

  45. 45

    Re: Pocket24 – i agree 100%

  46. 46

    Re: sadieash
    sadieash I mean Taylor Armstrong — You have to remember you are supposed to be logged in as someone else — You cant use the phrase "because people like you dont "believe" me" because people will realize it is you, yourself posting the comment. Please stop trying to defend yourself using an alias, all it does it discredit you more. This sad, and as you are advocate of non violence, both of physical and VERBAL, it's prob. not a good idea to call Perez a "disgusting pig" because he questions you. You seem to be verbally abusive often and a narcissist to the fullest extent. I guarantee, your book did not save all of the lives you claim to have saved during the reunion to Brandi!

  47. 47

    Would someone please check the facts?? The things that Taylor has said throughout this show just don't add up. She was the domineering partner in this relationship from what I could see. Russell gave her all he had and she drove him to his death. There is no way that an abused women would have a $60,000 kid birthday party and spend the kind of money she spent. I read something a few years ago that she was a partner in all the fraud that is going on with their business. She had a hand in it. Money is so important to her, obviously more important than falsely damaging her dead husband's, Kennedy's dad's reputation. I don't believe a thing she says and when someone starts to question her…she attacks them. Not a sign of an abused women…a sign of a con artist.

  48. 48

    Re: Pocket24 – I think the black eye shown at the opening of Sur was self inflicted…seriously! She was already broken up with Russell at that point. She purposely did it to help her case…she is the worst con artist yet on Real Housewives…

  49. 49

    I've always thought Taylor was creepy on the show, like stalker creepy. She would start fights between the other women so she could swoop in and be their friend. Then she would act like a victim in the arguments.

  50. 50

    Re: Avalis – See www.stoopidhousewives.com see Taylor's timeline- see for yourself- proof that she is lying! They definately didn't have a healthy relationship- buit she is No angel! The thing is- Russell cannot defend himself.
    She is on a quest to defile his name and her daughter is seeing all of this. Russell's child! This is going to mess Kennedy up more than anything. When you tell a child one of her parents is bad she will eventually start to think that part of her is bad. Taylor needs to shut the Hell up for the sake of Kennedy's sanity.
    She can help abused women without telling the world her side of the story of their f-ed up marriage.