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Former 'Real Housewives' Star: 'I Considered Suicide'

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 18th 2011 10:00AM
Danielle StaubFollowing the suicide of 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' star Taylor Armstrong's estranged husband Russell, Danielle Staub, former star of 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' is speaking out about the pressures of the cameras.

Staub said her time on the hit Bravo series led her to consider suicide on more than one occasion.

"I was very close to taking my own life -- not just on one occasion -- it's been several times," Staub told Entertainment Tonight.

Staub said her children were aware of her thoughts, and that's what shames her the most. "I don't have words to describe how alone you feel. And everybody's coming at you, and judging you, and they don't even know you."

However, Staub, who is currently starring in VH1's 'Famous Food,' said the thought of her children living with her actions -- without her there -- is what stopped her from committing suicide.

"I wanted them to remember me -- even if I'm going through my struggles -- alive," she said.

Armstrong, too, said he struggled with the pressures of reality TV. In an interview weeks before his death, he told People that the cameras were adding pressure to an already stressful situation.

"It got really overwhelming," he told People. "When you get a TV show involved and all the pressure, it just takes it to a whole new level. ... We were pushed to extremes."

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Selena Brunson-Banks

Children are always the ones who suffer from stupid things growns up do.

December 03 2011 at 9:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I feel sorry for danielle, but she caused most of it herself by her own behavior. Her children are beaitiful and should not have had to witness what they did.

November 30 2011 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Danielle, that saddens me so much to think that you got to that point. Atleast you snapped out of it and let your maternal side take over when you felt you couldn't do it anymore. Keep going girl, great things are in store for you and your beautiful girls!

October 21 2011 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think she being honest and HWONJ isn't as good after she left. It also was painful to see how caught up in the drama she was with no concern to what she was doing to her kids. Bravo needs to change its format. Too many family falling apart do to living above their means on this show. There got to be hundreds of wealthy woman who would love the publicity here just a few names but would make good TV drama. Heather mills, Ivana Trump, Marla Maples, Money and interesting ex husbands..

September 20 2011 at 5:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

HI how are you doing?

September 02 2011 at 10:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

stay off reality TV if you cannot handle the flack and feedback; you got to know that people are not going to be nice but most will be ugly and say crazy stuff to and about you. all money and fame is not good, consider why and what you are doing and letting yourself in for before you sign that contact to put your life out in the open for ridicule and examination or to be asked to act like a fool or outrageous and compromise your principles. JUST SAYING think about it people. Is it worth it?

September 02 2011 at 10:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow.....What the hell is wrong with all you people!...Maybe you should worry about your OWN bad karma that you're creating...and leave the poor woman alone already!

August 23 2011 at 8:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Get a life Danielle, this isn't about you. No one really cares. You always claim to be the victim but in reality, you creat and cause all the drama and problems in your life. I believe you care and love your girls, but maybe you need to think about what your actions say about the kind of mother you are. You are not a very good role model for them. Think about what their friends and schoolmates will say to them or think about their mother. Hopefully, God will look out for their well being because your making their world so much harder. Shame on you.

August 19 2011 at 2:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i've written earlier and after thinking about it we are all giving her actually what she wants ATTENTION , by taking the time to sit here and write how we feel about her. even though most of it is negative it won't matter to her she is in the limelight and that's all that matters to her. Well Danielle enjoy while u can sooner or later it all fizzles out then where will u be with no attention no drama ?????????

August 18 2011 at 9:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It is really inappropriate for you to try to get in the spotlight at this time. Hopefully, if you change your actions, you will no longer have such thoughts. You should work on knowing when it is time to stay quiet.

August 18 2011 at 9:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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