Real Housewives’ Taylor Armstrong on Her New Book and Missing Her Husband Russell
In a new interview with Fox News, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Taylor Armstrong says her new memoir, Hiding From Reality — about her allegedly abusive marriage to financial investor Russell Armstrong — will help other women in similar situations. Sadly, Taylor’s husband Russell killed himself in August 2011; the couple had separated in July. The widowed Housewife opened up about the book, her turbulent relationship, and why she stayed with Russell for so long.
Taylor’s main motivations for writing the memoir were to explain why people return to abusive relationships and help women “recognize when they’re involved in a relationship like this to get out before [they] get addicted to that cycle” — which she calls a “love addiction.”
Love might seem like a strange word to use, but despite the abuse, Taylor insists she “absolutely loved” her husband — even now, “I miss him terribly,” she says — and kept hoping things would change. The same is true for many abused women, the reality star says. “The biggest part of love is hope, and I just kept holding out that something was going to change if we got counseling or medication,” says Taylor, adding later that at one point she even thought the Bravo cameras might protect her in some way.
Despite the disturbing details about the abuse in the book, Taylor doesn’t think it will unduly affect her 5-year-old daughter, Kennedy. “No memoir that I write is going to have a bigger effect on her than the fact that her dad chose to take his own life,” explains Taylor. Instead, she hopes it will thrust the issue of domestic issue, which she says is “such a secret thing,” into the light and help Kennedy realize “that we did not have a healthy marriage so she doesn’t model this behavior when she’s older.” By making the topic a “conversation” with Kennedy, Taylor hopes to do her part in ending that cycle of abuse.