'Real Housewives' Husband Was a Dirtbag Long Before the Show

Taylor ArmstrongBesides the obvious (being loaded), it was hard to see what Taylor Armstrong saw in her husband, Russell, based on the first season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. He was dull as a door, didn't exactly win any looker contests, and he generally seemed like a pretty miserable person. Now Taylor has revealed that he was even worse than we thought -- he abused her.

In an interview with People, Taylor, who filed for divorce earlier this month, talked about how she was both physically and mentally abused during their five-plus years of marriage. From name calling to shoving and hair pulling, she says what happened when the cameras were off wasn't pretty. "I felt like I was dying inside," she said.

He doesn't seem to deny it (except the hair pulling), but rather blames the show.

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Did I push her? Yes, maybe things happened in the heat of the moment, but it was during a time in our lives that was not characteristic of who we were. This show has literally pushed us to the limit.

First of all, there's no excuse for violence. It's true the men and women of the Real Housewives tend to spiral out of control before our very eyes once the cameras start rolling. While I don't discount the pressure having a camera following you around would place on a family, to blame the show is irresponsible and low. How about blaming yourself for pimping out your family for a few minutes of fame and taking responsibility for your actions?

Russell likely would have been an abuser with or without the show, and perhaps was before it. The good news for Taylor is that her role probably gave her the confidence to actually end the relationship. Now she says she just wants to move on in the healthiest way possible for her daughter Kennedy, 5. 

I think I hurt for my daughter more than I do for myself. It feels like a big loss that she's not going to grow up with both of her parents in the same house.

Perhaps an even bigger loss is that of a "normal" childhood without her parents' personal lives played out on television for the world to see. But nobody seems to be worried about that.

Good news for viewers at least: Her dating life should be an interesting addition to the show. Previews for season two look intense!

Are you surprised to learn that Taylor Armstrong was allegedly abused by her husband, Russell?


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