Less than four short months after her husband, Russell Taylor, was found dead after hanging himself, Taylor Armstrong is out and about promoting her tell-all book, Hiding From Reality: My Story of Love, Loss, and Finding the Courage Within. Too soon? Opportunistic? Insensitive? Yes to all ... or at least those were my first thoughts. The more I think about it, however, the more I think Taylor and her book shouldn't be judged by their covers.
It's hard to see the positive in this because Taylor is pretty unlikable all around. She seems needy, pushy, and just all around too desperate, and has since the show started. The book just seems to confirm all that and more. But those traits could all be part of the whole cycle of domestic abuse that she claims she wants to help people end with this book. And really, unless we've been in her shoes, it's pretty hard to judge her for that.
In a statement, she told People:
My book takes readers behind the glamour of Beverly Hills to show them the terrible violence I suffered, and the slow and painful process of rebuilding my shattered life. I want readers in abusive relationships to learn from my suffering and use my book to help them find their own courage within.
So while it screams of insensitivity on her part to me, if it can help even a few people, I suppose it's worth it. In any case, I'm not sure how much more harm it can do than has already been done from airing her struggles on Bravo. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills last night was so painful to watch, as Taylor truly seemed to be going over the edge. I still think both Taylor and Bravo are making huge mistakes in playing it all out on national television, but they have. So a book probably won't do much more damage. Maybe it will even shed a little helpful light that's unfiltered by the television lens.
The book comes out February 7, and it will be interesting to see how well it does. More importantly, however, it will be important to see if Taylor herself is able to get well and be strong for her daughter after all that has happened.
What do you think of Taylor Armstrong releasing a book so soon after her husband's suicide?