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Taylor Armstrong Says 'Real Housewives' May Have Saved Her Life

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 18th 2011 7:50AM
Taylor ArmstrongShortly before he committed suicide, Taylor Armstrong's late husband Russell said the breakdown of his marriage was caused by the intolerable stresses of appearing on 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' -- "This show has literally pushed us to the limit."

Now Taylor says quite the opposite. In fact, not only does she allege that her marriage was abusive long before the camera crew moved in, she believes that 'The Real Housewives' actually may have saved her life.

Yesterday Armstrong told KTLA-TV's morning show that "If the cameras were not in my life, there's a good chance I wouldn't be sitting here today because a lot of domestic violence situations end in murder-suicide versus just suicide."

She 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."

Speaking about her daughter, she said "I'm thankful to be here. ... Imagine if she had two less parents instead of one."

Russell committed suicide at the family home in August, a few weeks after Taylor filed for divorce and just as 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' was gearing up to launch Season 2. The Armstrongs' deteriorating marriage had been documented in Season 1 of the reality TV show and was originally going to be a large part of Season 2.

After Russell's death Bravo attracted a lot of controversy for going ahead with Season 2 as planned -- albeit with some footage being re-edited -- and his mother blasted the network for not delaying the premiere.

Taylor told KTLA that she spent five weeks in the family home after Russell's suicide and that she now has a titanium implant in her right eye as a result of his alleged violence toward her.



'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' airs Mondays, 9PM ET on Bravo.

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nd2312

TAYLOR----Go away----just go away!!! YOU are the reason your husband is dead----money problems (most caused by U) just was too great for him to visualize a way out!!! Stop w/all the lying---believe me---no one is buying your CRAP!!!!

January 10 2012 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diana

Surely you can see that that this media ***** is simply trying to become famous using her husband's suicide . He's not here to defend himself so how do we know a ord of what she says is true????????? This woman has been nothing but a trublemaker throughout the show....Now poor Taylor is a martyr....Please she makes me sick.

October 24 2011 at 8:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kellyann

I think that it is so sad that Hollywood and the media promote that money, fashion, nice cars, jewelry, and huge homes provide a life of happiness,stability, and that it makes the family stable, loving and complete. Since she is saying that domestic violence played a part in her marriage, where were all of her friends when this was going on? For she was afraid of him, yet had enough money to leave, yet had a child that witnessed or heard the abuse......confused.Where were his friends if he was depressed? Why didnt they convince him to see a Dr. For it would of never gotten out. He could of been taking medication, being treated even if it was court ordered. I just think that is sad that the truth is never fully revealed, The media publicizes what they choose to, which is money and fame..... Domestic Violence is left behind. Maybe its time she takes a stand, be a speaker for domestic violence, raises money for shelters,victims,children, and use her fame for something that could go to good use. Maybe she could inspire one woman, or more, to protect themselves, and their children to get out of a violent situation and give them the courage to start their life over, to find that inner strength to believe in themselves once again. The media, her fame in that situation could REALLY make a difference. Its just sad that the media wont. And hasnt.

October 23 2011 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BobbiesType2

russell did not commit suicide in his home. it was at the home of a friend. please try to get your facts straight.

October 20 2011 at 5:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nd2312

How can anyone doubt that Taylor THOUGHT she had found her GOLD MINE!!!! Therefore, this out of space character, burdens 90% responsibility for his death!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 19 2011 at 4:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Nancy Martin

The writer of this article should get the facts straight before reporting.."Russell committed suicide at the family home in August, " He did not commit suicide at the family home. He was living with a friend and that's where the suicide occurred.

October 19 2011 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
devinmcmusters

Is that girl in the picture wearing a Halloween mask? That can't be a real face....

October 18 2011 at 3:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
danglingm

I could tell from her first appearance with him that something wasn't right with their marriage. Her whole attitude and demeanor changed when he entered the room.

October 18 2011 at 1:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
LAURA

I couldn't stand her the first season, can't stand her this season! She knows how to manipulate others into believing her lies. If her husband was so abusive, why did he let her be on the show, why did he let her spend over 40 thousand on a 4yr olds birthday party and why did he let her continue getting plastic surgery. The show may have saved her life in that now she can get paid for banking off her dead husband. Grow up Taylor!!

October 18 2011 at 12:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dagriffiths251

A skeleton with a pair of duck lips! I don't even hear what she says, all I see is a set of HUGE, overly-injected lips! She is pathetic! And it is so obvious where she came from...

October 18 2011 at 12:50 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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Diana

Bingo

October 24 2011 at 8:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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