Last night saw the screening of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion special. Perhaps the big surprise of the evening was to see an emotional Taylor Armstrong admit that, six months after his suicide, she still loved and missed Russell, her estranged husband who allegedly beat her.
“I love this person and miss him terribly,” she said.
Russell hanged himself just weeks before the second season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills premiered. A significant part of the reunion was taken up with the women discussing the impact of his death and the further subsequent domestic abuse revelations.
Kyle Richards said she was “Shocked. I thought it was a lie, I thought it was a mistake.”
Taylor, who has written a memoir dealing with the abuseshe suffered at Russell’s hands, broke down in tears as she remembered those days after finding her husband hanged in a friend’s house in L.A.
“At the time I couldn’t even focus on the show and it didn’t even matter to me,” she admitted. “I was suffering a tremendous loss just worried about how this happened. This could potentially have been the love of my life,” she sobbed. “
Taylor then spoke about how the abuse she claims she suffered at the hands of her husband began to affect her self esteem.
“I would often say just hit me so we can get this over with because I knew this would end it.”
The other Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, except Camille Grammer supported the airing of the domestic abuse issues and counseling the Armstrongs undertook. Adrienne Maloof said she thought the show “saved Taylor’s life.”
Taylor described being in Las Vegas on her 40th birthday and receiving a shocking text from Russell that said “Happy Birthday A–hole. F— you, you psychotic bitch.”
The three part reunion continues next week as The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills continues when the newest housewife Brandi Glanville really tells the other women what she thinks of them!