Taylor Armstrong: “I Don’t Know If You Ever Move on From Suicide”
It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years since Russell Armstrong, the now-deceased estranged husband to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong, committed suicide in 2011. Taylor has since remarried and is attempting to make life as normal for daughter Kennedy as she possibly can. How is Kennedy handling everything today?
“I don’t know if you ever move on from suicide,” Taylor told People at the Marjaree Mason Center’s 31st Annual Top Ten Professional Women and Top Business Awards Luncheon — at which she was the keynote speaker. “It’s something that I’ll always have questions about, but for my daughter’s sake, I can’t dwell on the past. I have to look to the future, and I do bring up her father. We work with a child psychologist … It’s not as though we just pretend someone disappeared in her life.”
Fans of the Bravo franchise know that Taylor had filed for divorce and accused Russell of verbally and physically abusing her just two months before he killed himself. Since that horrible day, Taylor has written about her experiences — her memoir is titled Hiding from Reality: My Story of Love, Loss, and Finding the Courage Within. And while she has found love again with new husband John Bluher, the 43-year-old reality star admits that the tragic experience still haunts her and Kennedy, now 8 years old.
“Kennedy now is going to have a much better chance, seeing a healthy relationship and a healthy marriage, then to have that in her own life,” Taylor continued. “It’s something I’m very conscious of. I have a lot of regrets that I wasn’t strong enough to leave my relationship earlier for her benefit, but now that we’re out of it, we’re absolutely on top of making sure that she develops the self-worth and self-esteem she needs to make sure she’ll end up in a happy, healthy relationship.”
We know that Kennedy is getting the love and support she needs from her mom and stepdad. It’s clear that Taylor wants the best for her daughter and is doing everything in her power to provide a safe environment for her to grow up in. We applaud Taylor for all of the compassion she has shown in the face of tragedy. You go, girl!