If you think you won’t have to hear about Real Housewives of Beverly Hillscast member,Taylor Armstrong, now that their endless second season is finally over, you’re wrong. The media circus is only beginning for the recently crowned New York Times best-selling author of Hiding from Reality: My Story of Love, Loss, and Finding the Courage Within (if you don’t believe me, read it and weep, folks! She’s 15 on the non-fiction list (for combined print and e-book sales) right underneath Tina Fey’s memoir. ).
Now, I know that the best-seller list includes sales from the publishing company to book stores, and doesn’t take into account returns, so this best-seller list status might be very short-lived, but we can all bet that the self-promoting Taylor is going to use “New York Times best-selling author” on her resume forever and ever, even if she never makes it back on there again.
Her Amazon reviews, usually a good way to take stock of how the public truly feels about a text, are extremely negative, so I think book sellers will start to see this book getting placed back on the shelves and in the discount book bin in just a few weeks.
One person who probably has several hundred copies of the book in his house is Taylor’s psychiatrist Dr. Charles Sophy, who we can all remember from his awkward visit to the SUR opening in last season’s penultimate episode. He remains a huge fan of Taylor, and even gave an interview to Radar Online while at her recent Los Angeles book signing, saying “I’m so unbelievably proud of Taylor for the strength to keep going, and for still doing the hard work while still mourning the loss of her late husband, and going through the process of mourning the loss of Russell, and being a single mom. The book signing was very emotional for Taylor and there was an outpouring of emotion from the people that came out to support Taylor.”
Dr. Sophy even told a heartwarming story of women who were inspired to leave their abusive husbands due to Taylor’s book:
“There were three sisters that came to the book signing last night. They were in Los Angeles, vacationing from Hawaii, and decided to come. They told Taylor that their mother had been in an abusive relationship for most of their adult lives, and after reading Taylor’s book, their mother decided to leave him.”
Well, if Taylor’s book really is inspiring women to leave their husbands, then we can give her credit for that. Taylor’s tales of abuse are still being questioned, even after she posted a medical report from her infamous eye injury to her Facebook page (only to remove it moments later). On the three-part reunion for Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, none of the ladies seemed to really advocate for Taylor, except for Kyle Richards. Unsurprisingly, Kyle was the only cast mate to show up at this book signing.
Speaking of Kyle, she’s posted her final Bravo blog of the season, calling it “draining and emotional.” She also describes how she felt watching Kim admit to her alcohol problem during the final interview with Andy Cohen:
Watching Kim sit across from Andy and say “I’m an alcoholic” touched me beyond words. For Kim to put herself out there in front of millions of people and admit that was a huge step in her recovery. Since the beginning of Season 1, all of the girls in the cast have been kind and supportive towards Kim. Although, they knew of her struggles, they respected her choice to deal with it privately. That is something I will never forget.
Funny how Kyle neglected to mention that the only people who have ever brought up Kim’s troubles on-camera, were she and Taylor. Kyle during the infamous limo fight, and Taylor during the reunion when she insinuated Kim was in an “altered state of mind” during dinner in New York City. In any case, Kyle reports Kim is doing well, writing “Kim and I sat together yesterday and read through so many heartwarming e-mails from all over. Kim is doing so well. Each day she is stronger, happier, and moving forward, one day at a time. . .”.
One person who certainly has Kyle’s number is Lisa Vanderpump, who also put in her final Bravo blog of the season, thanking the fans, and referring to her disappointment at some of the comments that were made.
“I have few regrets this season, but I have been more deeply disappointed when watching the footage of some of the negativity. I would never allow, out of allegiance to my friend, somebody to repeatedly trash a friend of mine who was totally unaware of the situation until it had been aired. That is something I just can’t fathom.”
If I know anything about the housewives and their cycle of drama (and I’d like to think that I do!), that little paragraph is setting up a totally new dynamic for season three.
TELL US: HAVE YOU READ TAYLOR’S BOOK? WILL YOU BUY IT? DO YOU THINK SHE IS A ROLE MODEL FOR ABUSED WOMEN? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF DR.SOPHY’S COMMENTS? DO YOU THINK KIM IS FULLY RECOVERED? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF LISA’S COMMENTS IN HER BLOG ABOUT THE DISSAPOINTMENT?
Controversy over Taylor Armstrong‘s memoir, published mere months after her estranged husband Russell Armstrong‘s suicide, has been attracting a lot of attention in the press – particularly because speculation over the truth behind her allegations has emerged.
Recent rumors have posited that Taylor’s antics and the negative attention she is receiving because of her penchant for dishonesty (along with a recent lawsuit that may involve Bravo) has Bravo seeing her as a “liability,” which will likely jeopardize her spot on next season’s cast. Well, Taylor is speaking out defending herself and her actions – and explaining why it’s important that she remain a part of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!
Standing by her decision to publish her book, Taylor insists her motive was not money. Who does she expect to believe that? “I know how it looks,” she says, responding to a question about capitalizing from Russell’s death. She claims she wanted people to start talking about the horrors of domestic violence. “If I didn’t think this would make a difference, I wouldn’t be doing it,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “Trust me, you don’t make that much money off a book.” But you do make money off publicity tours, appearances, and advances associated with a book!
While Taylor is adamant she did not release this memoir with any untoward intentions, it is well-known that Russell’s family and friends–most vocally his sister Laurie Kelsoe –are insistent that the allegations Taylor makes are completely untrue and have made Russell seem like someone he was not. Laurie believes the show has “completely defaced his character,” telling Dr. Drew in a recent interview: “Shame on [Taylor] for doing this and for thinking that all he was was bad … if that’s the case, then why did she stay there and spend his money?”
Firing back, Taylor insists Laurie wasn’t a part of their lives and had no idea what went on behind closed doors. “There are a number of people who are trying to find their way into the story of my life with Russell,” Taylor asserts. “Russell’s sister Laurie Kelsoe … has no basis for saying anything about my life with Russell. She lives almost 1,500 miles away and saw our family on a small number of occasions.”
“The facts are there,” Taylor says of what went on in her marriage. But that is exactly the problem. There are no facts – only Taylor’s so-called recollections about what occurred. Which is why more questions are emerging about the validity of her claims. The LA Times asked Dr. Catherine Hwang, an orbital and oculo-plastics surgeon at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute, about orbital floor injuries.
Dr. Hwang, who did not treat Taylor, explains fractures of that nature can occur from a range of incidents. Taylor has maintained that she had no bruising after Russell “raised up one elbow and punched me hard, in the right eye.” Dr. Hwang finds that surprising, given Taylor’s age and the nature of the injury. “Usually, older patients have some sort of bruising,” Dr. Hwang mentioned. “But anything is possible.”
Taylor planned to write her book before Russell’s death – although she claims he was not aware of her intentions. If Russell had not passed away, Taylor says, “I don’t think I could have been as honest.” Citing the difficulty she had putting her life out there and down on paper, Taylor explains: “Bearing your soul to people is really hard.”
“I wanted it to be really raw and honest,”Taylor shared with OK! at Barnes & Noble at The Grove.
While Russell had no knowledge of her intentions to publish a book, Taylor recalls he had ascertained that news of her injuries would emerge in the media. “He did know, though, that the extent of the abuse would likely come out in the press.”
“I spent a couple of days in Cedars-Sinai after [the eye] incident. There were nurses around. Plenty of people saw me in the operating room. The odds of keeping that under wraps, I mean, come on. He absolutely knew it was all going to come out. That was really something he was dreading.”
“One of Russell’s big concerns, which he would bring up constantly after my eye incident, is, ‘Do you think the D.A. could press charges against me and put me in jail whether you press charges or not?’ I hate to say it, I would have wanted to protect him from that.”
As for her decision to release the novel memoir a “hot minute” after Russell took his life, Taylor believes it was imperative that she get her story out there quickly. “I just didn’t feel like waiting was necessary. Also, I didn’t want to wait until I had euphoric recall and forgetting about all of the things that had happened.”
“Unfortunately, there are so many people out there that are living in dangerous situations that I really felt like it was important enough for me to get this story out there and take the criticism that comes with it,” she adds.
And defending herself against any involvement in Russell’s financial dealings, Taylor a businesswoman herself, claims she had no role in his businesses. Multiple reports have come forward contesting this. “I scratch my head about the finance stuff all the time,” Taylor muses. “I’m still trying to pick up the pieces of the mess that was left behind.”
“I have days when I’m in a ball, where I just sit and stare at the wall and just cry. … I have every emotion in the world,” she says of dealing with the loss. “I have incredible sadness for Russell. I miss him, I long for him. But I’m angry with him for leaving this mess for me to clean up.” Apparently she’s resilient enough to hit the red carpet on weekly basis!
Confronting a recent report that she is having an affair with her married attorney, Taylor dismissed it as gossip. “Oh, it’s just ridiculous,” Taylor laughed. “I spent Valentine’s Day with my little girl and it was just beautiful for us. I am so focused on us right now and then to have this ridiculous stuff coming out in the press, is just frustrating for us, but what are you going to do? It’s what I signed up for.” And she wants to sign up for more!
Taylor thinks her story can help other woman, which is why she believes Bravo should include her in a third season of the show. “If there’s a Season 3, I think it’s important to see what happens next [for me],” she said. “I’m still working on myself. And I have to say for the first time in my life, I’m OK being alone. Every little thing that I thought was going to be so horrible, really hasn’t been. I think for a Season 3 it would be nice for people to see the progression … and the lows too, because it’s certainly not all good days.”
“There is a lot changing in my life right now and I think that people need to see what that looks like as I grow and get stronger, so I think that would be interesting!” I, personally, do not believe we need to see anymore of Taylor – but that’s just me!
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THOUGHTS ON TAYLOR’S DECISION TO RELEASE HER STORY SO SOON AFTER RUSSELL’S DEATH? DO YOU WANT TO SEE TAYLOR RETURN FOR SEASON 3 OF RHOBH? DO YOU THINK SHE WILL BE ASKED BACK?
In the past few weeks, Taylor Armstrong has been captured having dinner with a mystery man. Taylor has maintained that she is not dating anyone and still recovering from the tragic passing of her late husband, Russell Armstrong. Several photos have emerged of her with the man, and many witnesses have spoken out claiming they saw Taylor having intimate (albeit drunken) evenings with said unknown man – who interestingly bears a resemblance to Russell!
So who is this mystery man? RadarOnline can now exclusively reveal that the man is John Bluher, a 54-year-old very married attorney who is helping Taylor combat her lawsuit from MMRGlobal. And just how is Taylor paying for his services? She’s not! John is handling everything pro bono according to sources.
And John is not just involved with Taylor from a legal perspective – they are also allegedly having an affair! Oh, John… run, run, run! “She’s been seeing him for almost two months and has confided in a handful of friends about the affair,” an insider reveals.
Apparently they started getting romantic while Taylor was promoting her new novel memoir. “John traveled with Taylor while she was doing her book tour and the two of them hit it off, in more ways than one,” a source close to the couple reveals.
“It’s a bit of a complicated situation. John is still technically married, even though he no longer lives with his wife in Colorado and spends the majority of his time with Taylor in Southern California now.” John’s wife is Stephanie Bluher – and supposedly their marriage is on the rocks (no thanks to Taylor I imagine!).
Taylor is intent on keeping things with John under wraps until he is no longer someone else’s spouse! “There’s a very strong connection between the two, but Taylor doesn’t want to be known as the other woman, period,” a source explains – particularly since a lot of her friends are against the illicit relationship! Gee, I wonder why… “John is still married and has three kids. Taylor has made great progress, but she’s still in a vulnerable position, so most of her friends aren’t much of a fan of him,” the source continued.
Part of Taylor’s interest in John stems from her desire to have a father figure for her daughter, “She needs to be a role model for her daughter, Kennedy.” Yep, I’m sure that’s it!
Perhaps confirming that some type of affair is taking place is John’s wife. When she was asked to comment on her husband’s possible new relationship, Stephanie snipped: “I don’t have anything to say to you. You can take it up with my husband.”
Well, RadarOnline did take it up with her husband and he had A LOT to say regarding his alleged tryst with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star! First and foremost he is, of course, denying any sort of romantic entanglement.
“This story is a complete fabrication by someone that wants to hurt Taylor and damage my reputation. To place my name in an article that says Taylor or I are having an affair is libel,” John seethed.
“There is no affair nor has there been one. Taylor would not have said it to anyone because it hasn’t occurred. Neither she nor I have any relationship other than my working as her legal counsel.”
Interesting, John does confirm that he was “coincidentally” in NYC at the exact same time Taylor was – which we know is true because the paps spotted them having dinner together, much to Taylor’s surprise. “I did not travel with her on the book tour,” John maintains. “I was in New York on business and was invited to have dinner with her and a group of her friends and her manager Robert Thorne, who had to cancel at the last minute, while she was there.” A likely story… allegedly, of course!
“I do not spend most of my time in Southern California. I spend very little time in California,” John asserts. “This is further evidence of libel and unsubstantiated falsehoods. Your sources are making things up in an attempt to damage my reputation and to damage Taylor.” John goes on to explain his purely professional relationship with Taylor, and insists he is merely providing legal and professional services to a woman in need.
After initially commenting that she had no idea if the story is true, Stephanie decided to speak to RumorFix and provide more information about the state of her husband’s relationship to Taylor. And she is denying any sort of affair is taking place. The couple who has been married for 32-years is apparently as happy as can be!
”My husband and I have been married since 1979 and have three children. He travels everywhere with the work he does. He is a very hard working man and not Hollywood at all. He has one home right here in Colorado and that’s it,” Stephanie revealed.
And she claims, Taylor is a close personal friend of the family! “I adore her,” Stephanie expects us to believe. “She is a wonderful woman. She’s been through an awful lot. It was through a mutual friend that we met her, she needed help and John has been trying to help her. She even acknowledges John’s help in her book.”
“This horrible gossip is the last thing she needs right now,” Stephanie concludes. Also confronting rumors that John is working for Taylor free of charge, Stephanie insists that’s not true. Taylor has not issued a statement concerning the alleged affair.
Why do I have a feeling John’s divorce is going to be very ugly… I heard Kris Humprhries has a great attorney, Stephanie! Photos of Taylor and John are below!
In other Taylor drama, the attention lovin’ Housewife recently tweeted that she will be releasing more of her medical records! “Releasing my medical records tomorrow2a major media outlet.Doing this for abuse victims not doubters. You will never have to prove it to me!,” she wrote. Yeah… this is definitely for the doubters and for the undoubted payout she will likely be getting from said major media outlet. Reality Tea will keep you posted on that story.
Moving right along to Taylor’s friend and fellow grifter, Dana Wilkey. Rumor has it that the extremely boastful wannabe Housewife will not be returning for a second season! Um… is anyone surprised by this news? Nope!
Apparently network execs thought Dana was “too boring” for the show! For once, I agree! “Now that the reunion has aired, I think the writing is on the wall,” an insider tells RadarOnline. “Both Dana and Brandi Glanville, who were billed as ‘friends’ of the Housewives, spent nearly all day taping the reunion back in January.”
“But while Brandi ended up being included in the majority of the show — and causing a firestorm with her comments – only about five minutes of Dana made it on air. The husbands got more air time than she did! She just didn’t add anything.”
Additionally, $25,000 Dollar Dana just didn’t mix well with any of the other ladies, despite her ardent sucking up! “None of the housewives really took to her this past season and, to be honest, she just wasn’t that interesting,” the source adds. “Yes, she’s wealthy but she doesn’t cause or get involved in any drama, which is really what producers are looking for.”
In a last ditch effort to stay relevant, and prove she is capable of bringing the drama without talking about how much money she wastes, Dana has been starting twittercations with Brandi! “Lately, she’s been trying to pick online fights with Brandi in a bid to create some scandal, but I think it’s too little, too late. She’s a very nice woman but no one in the cast is expecting she’ll be asked back.”
I do think Dana seems like a very nice person, but she was way out of her league with these ladies (which may be a compliment) and she doesn’t seem like a natural drama starter. Oh Dan-a, you’re probably better off, guy!
Finally, tonight is the final – and I do mean FINAL episode – of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills! As hard as it is to imagine after the longest season of a housewives series ever, there is still more cray-cray to unleash! Bravo will be airing the so-called “lost footage” in an effort to extract every single iota of drama from a season that never ends.
If you’re interested in watching more of Taylor and Kyle’s nonsense, the lost footage episode airs tonight at 9/8c on Bravo!
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TELLS US – DO YOU BELIEVE TAYLOR IS HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH JOHN? OR ARE THEY MERELY BUSINESS PARTNERS? DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE DANA BACK NEXT SEASON?
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Last night’s third segment of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Reunion began with Taylor, threw in some PamDana, and ended with Kyle and Kim rebuilding their relationship. It was nice to see some real positivity on the show after a season of nonsense and unpredictability. I, for one, hope Kim is able to move forward with peace and positivity.
Things began with Taylor opening up about her gut feeling that foul play may have been involved in Russell‘s death. Perhaps it was. Who knows what to believe at this point. I do know that Camille‘s face when Taylor was talking about this was priceless and amazing and I need a meme of that immediately.
Taylor regales the audience with tales of Russell surveying her in their home, claiming she found a tape recorder under the desk of her office when she was checking the printer. Is she sure the FBI didn’t install those to catch some griftin’ in action? Taylor also describes how Russell made her take a polygraph test to prove she was faithful to him. When she passed, he accused her of knowing how to cheat a polygraph. That, I believe is a very good possibility! Finally, a story of her’s I wholeheartedly believe!
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Tonight is the FINAL (and I hope I mean final) episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ never-ending second season! Don’t worry about missing them, though! Even though we will no longer see the ladies bickering on our TV screens every week, I am most positive we will still be hearing about them in the news. The most exciting part about RHOBH ending is that it now frees my Monday nights up for The Bachelor. Don’t pick Courtney, Ben!
But I digress. Before we let these ladies fade gracefully into sunsets setting behind their palatial mansions, there’s more to discuss concerning Taylor Armstrong and that little book she wrote about her marriage. Now I know there has been much hullabaloo about whether or not Ms. Hughes-Ford-Armstrong-[insert next name here] is telling the truth concerning the domestic abuse that allegedly took place at the hands of former husband Russell Armstrong. Perhaps we are right to question her claims; perhaps not.
Taking heed from Camille Grammerand the internet, the mainstream media is starting to do a little look-see into what they perceive as some inaccuracies in Taylor’s stories. The Daily Beast, which featured a scathing exposé into Russell and Taylor’s grifter behavior this summer, decided to do a little more research on the topic of Taylor and her penchant for dishonesty.
Drawing the most attention to suspicions about Taylor’s alleged claims are Russell’s family and friends; namely his sister Laurie Kelsoe and his childhood friend Randy Edwards. Russell’s family has claimed Taylor never contacted them following Russell’s passing and that they have not seen Kennedy.
Taylor disputes that. “No one has reached out to me and said, ‘Hey, Taylor is there anything we can do for you and Kennedy? No one from his family has called,” Taylor reveals. “Besides, I am in contact with Russell’s dad. I talk with him every couple of weeks and we’ve sent letters back and forth.” Additionally, Taylor claims her attorney has contacted the mothers of Russell’s two older children because she is putting together photo scrapbooks for each of his sons, “And I kept a suit of their dad’s for each of them to have.”
This past weekend Taylor released a medical document confirming she suffered an eye injury in early June. Taylor asserts the injury to her orbital floor was sustained at the hands of Russell at the Four Seasons hotel after celebrating her birthday. According to Taylor the two were partying and when they came back to the hotel a fight ensued about her cheating on him – which culminated when Russell punched her in the the eye. She says almost immediately afterwards her eye turned turned black. “Booze always exacerbated things,” Taylor admits.
Taylor told Dr. Phil in a televised interview filmed shortly after she filed for divorce and released photos of her injuries to the media, that the injury happened at home, yet she explained to The Daily Beast that it happened at a hotel. When asked to explain the shifting story, Taylor clarified, “I just meant when we got home to the hotel.”
Interestingly, the day after the injury supposedly occurred, on June 12th (where her eye was apparently black, according to what she told Dr. Phil on national television), Taylor was tweeting poolside about the amazing weekend she was having! “@TaylorArmstrong Now we’re pool side at the 4 seasons and i am thinking of never leaving … i had the BEST birthday party ever! thank you Russell and all my crazy pals who joined in on the mayhem.” So how does Taylor explain this? Russell forced her to make that tweet! According to Taylor, he “sat next to me and told me what to tweet.”
When asked about the black eye she reportedly told Dr. Phil about, Taylor suddenly denies ever having a black eye from that injury. “No, no. I had orbital floor blowout—never a black eye from the punch.” So what of the photos she released to the media featuring a very prominent black eye? “That,” she says, “was a picture taken after her July 5, 2011, reconstructive surgery, which included inserting titanium mesh inside her orbital floor to, literally, keep her eyeball in the socket.” Umm… so those weren’t photos of alleged abuse? Taylor reportedly sold those photos for six figures under the pretense that they stemmed from injuries sustained by Russell.
So, let’s break this down. According to Taylor’s timeline, she had Lasik surgery in early June. She alleges Russell hit her on June 11, 2011 while vacationing with Russell – after a night of partying. On June 12, she was poolside tweeting. June 16th she was in Dallas visiting friends. On June 18th she was filming again, where all her castmates spent time with her. On June 22, she was at the hospital getting images related to her “Trauma and Right Orbital Fracture,” according to the medical records released this past Friday. Afterwards, the RHOBH cast went to Hawaii and Taylor was filmed talking with Dana Wilkey about wanting to leave Russell. On July 5th she had reconstructive surgery.
In the middle of all of this she was consistently filming for RHOBH and appeared at Lisa’s SUR launch where she claimed (alongside Dr. Sophy) she was “hurt” at the hands of Russell. It was previously reported that filming had to be put on hold for “a month” to let her heal from her wounds; yet during that time period Taylor made numerous appearances in Vegas and Beverly Hills – all of which were photographed. Additionally, several people saw Taylor the weekend after her eye injury and none noticed any injuries or disconcerting behavior!
Asked about the absence of any eye injury in the countless photographs and during the filming of RHOBH, Taylor claims Russell’s “half-open handed jab had caught his knuckle in her eye socket in such a way as to cause only internal injuries, not external injuries.” She said her injuries were worsened because of the Lasik surgery she had shortly before getting hit.
On June 16, Taylor and Russell visited friends in Dallas. Russell’s friend Jim Philips, his girlfriend Katrina and Randy saw Russell and Taylor that weekend. Granted these are close friends of Russell’s and vested in defending their friend, but both Jim and Randy claim to have an amicable relationship with Taylor. “My girlfriend was with me, and a bunch of people saw her [Taylor], tons of people, there were no bruises,” Randy said. “I’m not saying Russ (was) a saint. I know he wasn’t perfect … but he was not the person Taylor says. She is a liar.”
All three mention Taylor had no complaint about her eye and nothing looked amiss. On June 18, Taylor and Russell were filmed in a limo headed to Kyle Richard‘s White Party, allegedly returning from Vegas (not Dallas), and no injuries were apparent.
In the her memoir, Taylor describes having her jaw dislocated after Russell hit her following a 2011 Superbowl party in Dallas. On last week’s reunion, Taylor described popping it back into place over a toilet in the guest bathroom of a friend’s home, where the couple was staying during the visit. In her book, Taylor recounts “massaging it into place” in bed. No mention of a toilet.
Many are shocked by the allegation that Taylor would suffer from a dislocated jaw and have no visible injuries in the days and weeks following. She also states she did not seek medical attention. Taylor declined to give the names of the friends she was staying with when the dislocation occurred so The Daily Beast could verify her account.
A few days after the dislocation supposedly happened, Taylor and Russell were photographed on the Red Carpet for the Women’s Network of Music Celebration. No bruising or apparent side-effects (swelling, drooling, difficulty talking and smiling) were present, and she was smiling in photos. Photos of Taylor at that event are below.
Taylor is now recanting that her jaw was ever dislocated, saying it was “out of place.” She claims producers at Bravo asked her change her story! “I mean the ‘dislocated ‘ word—I mean, I think I described it as ‘out of place’ and in the editing they thought it was confusing so they used ‘dislocation.’ There was no medical diagnosis for that. But it really hurt! It was more painful than my eye.” Taylor also denied “exaggerating” the extent of her injuries.
Speaking out in defense of Russell is long-time friend Jim Phillips, who met Russell in college. “I’m the only person who knows all the bodies, all the personalities surrounding Russell … I knew Russ 30 years,” Jim explains. “As he got older he did a much better job of not getting mad. He was volatile in the past and he was always attracted to women of a similar nature.”
Indeed Russell’s past indiscretions with the law and with domestic incivility has been well documented. His ex-wife called the police over Russell’s abusive behavior (although she interestingly also believes Taylor has fabricated many of her allegations) and Russell’s ex-girlfriend filed a restraining order against him. Russell enrolled in treatment and therapy to control his anger, and both women had a good relationship with the man who fathered their children and have spoken out defending him in the press.
Moving on to another person who questions Taylor’s claims, Brandi Glanville took to her Bravo blog to discuss last week’s reunion and give her perspective. As always, we can count on Brandi to tell it like it is!
“I had absolutely no intention of fighting with Taylor,” Brandi insists. “I have tried to stay out of her business this whole season because I thought nothing good could possibly come from her situation. However when she brought up my personal business, which had nothing to do with her, I fought back.”
“I try and do the right and moral thing as often as possible, but I do have a temper and no one is perfect. I have my own opinion on the Russell/Taylor situation, but I have nothing against her personally. I honestly hope that she can find some peace in her life.”
“I think the Richard sisters have a hard time accepting responsibility for their actions. Excuses and placing blame seem to be their answers to most of life’s problems,” Brandi added. “Looking forward to next week where Kim blames all of her problems on me,” she concludes.
And speaking of the Richards sisters, tonight Kim Richards will speak out about her battle with substance abuse and her decision to enter treatment in the third segment of the RHOBH reunion. Kyle will join Kim for a portion of her interview where the two talk being sisters and dealing with difficult situations. Tonight’s segment will also feature the househusbands and some manufactured drama about Brandi’s supposed sexual interest in Ken Todd. A video clip is below!
The final segment of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Reunion airs on Bravo at 9/10c. A preview clip is below!
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IS THERE SOMETHING SUSPICIOUS ABOUT TAYLOR’S STORY? DOES THE TIMELINE MAKE YOU QUESTION SOME OF HER CLAIMS? IS IT WRONG FOR US TO QUESTION TAYLOR’S ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE?
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Taylor Armstrong has been all over the media promoting her book (which has been released to less than stellar reviews according to Amazon), and getting a lot of criticism for allegedly fabricating claims of serious domestic abuse, mainly because fans–and now the media–are starting to wonder why there is no proof! Taylor had yet to provide medical records, police reports, or third-party testimony corroborating her claims, and many of her late husband’s friends and family members are speaking out accusing her of blatant dishonesty!
In an effort to combat detractors and prove that abuse actually happened in her marriage and drum up publicity for her newly released memoir Taylor released her medical record on her Facebook Page. The record is associated with last summer’s eye injury.
Announcing with a Tweet her intentions to release the document, Taylor stated: “For those who continue to say I’m lying. Ur harming women who suffer n silence making them even more afraid 2 speak up & get help. So… I’m releasing my medical records on my FB page in a few minutes.”
Taylor’s record from the Beverly Wiltshire Advanced Imaging Center stems from a June 22, 2011 appointment and classifies her injury as “Trauma and Right Orbital Fracture,” with the treatment including “reconstruction in the coronal and sagital planes.”
“Here’s the first record from the imaging center who examined my eye. Despite what the doubters have said, I will say again — this was not an elective, cosmetic surgery. More to come later,” she wrote.
“I’m not doing it because I have to. I’m doing it because I want to. Calling someone who has been abused a liar is abusive,” she added. Taylor’s medical records do not indicate how she received the injuries or what caused her eye damage, but they certainly substantiate claims that she did not have plastic surgery. Taylor has not released records related to any of her other massive claims of abuse, as chronicled in her book.
I, for one, have never doubted she damaged her eye. The question most people have is what caused the injury. I once severely bruised my orbital plane by banging my head on the roof of my car while wearing sunglasses! Now, of course, this does not mean Taylor was not abused or that this injury was not caused by domestic abuse–I still believe there was mutual abuse in that marriage–but many fans have difficulty believing her, since timelines and stories do not add up. Plus, Taylor has made claims unrelated to abuse that have been proven untrue.
Shortly after releasing the document to a barrage of comments still questioning the authenticity of her claims, Taylor removed it, stating the negative attention was detrimental to abuse victims. Reality Tea obtained a copy of the document and it is below.
“Thank you for all of the support. I’m taking this doc down for now. Because of the hateful comments it’s going to discourage other victims. It’s so awful that people still make excuses. If someone says they’re being abused. believe them. If they go one step further to show proof, don’t abuse them even further by calling them liars, or saying things like ‘doctors can be bought, ‘she could’ve fallen down’, etc. I’m deeply concerned about some of the posters on here and on Twitter,” she wrote.
“I’m glad this abuse topic is a hot one and is being brought out into the light. It’s shown me and others why it’s so hard to get out. Doubters, non-believers, name-callers and unsupportive people are also abusers as they keep the cycle spinning. Don’t be one of those people. This conversation will continue…,” she announced on Facebook.
I wonder if Taylor removed the records in the hopes that she could sell portions of them. I know that sounds cynical, but she has openly stated she needs money and this is obviously a hot topic of interest to many. She did not hesitate to sell the corresponding photos, released in September, after she filed for divorce and shortly before Russell Armstrong took his own life.
I personally believe there is little to nothing Taylor can do to salvage her credibility with fans at this point. Many people simply do not respond well to her character and her behavior. In addition, her actions following Russell’s suicide–particularly agreeing to go through with the storyline of RHOBH–did not sit well with fans. Taylor has proven herself dishonest in the past and her actions do not substantiate her claims that she was a victim (her violent, aggressive, short-tempered approach to her co-stars, for instance).
Taylor has faced constant scrutiny as numerous viewers of the show have questioned both her motives and her honesty concerning what took place in her marriage. As a result, last month Taylor received death threats on Twitter by user Hardboiledpeggs. The disturbing Tweets, threatened both Taylor and her daughter Kennedy. On Jan. 29, @Hardboiledpeggs tweeted: “See u on February 7 ill be there with a book and a rope so i can kidnap u,” to which Taylor responded by saying: “Don’t ever contact me again.” The user, now deleted, then made other threats towards Kennedy.
After an investigation it was discovered that a teenaged girl in New Jersey, who is suffering from mental illness, made those threats. RadarOnline is now reporting that Taylor is considering dropping the charges if the girl seeks help. “Taylor is willing to drop the charges if the girl gets serious mental health counseling,” a law enforcement insider reveals. “Taylor wants that to be done in the juvenile courts in New Jersey, so that the girl will have to be accountable.”
“Taylor is extremely grateful to the FBI for identifying the culprit.” The FBI reportedly took the investigation “very seriously,” as Taylor had a book signing scheduled in New Jersey on February 7th. No one was injured at the signing and increased security was added.
Finally, it seems the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star has moved on! Taylor was recently spotted on another date with a mystery man, who not only bares a striking resemblance to Russell Armstrong, but also looks eerily similar to a man she was seen on a date with last month!
Taylor and the unknown gentleman were seen leaving Buddakan Restaurant in NYC. Taylor is in NYC to make the rounds for her new book. As they were leaving the mystery man had his hand on the small of her back, escorting her out the door. Photos below! According to witnesses they were quite cozy over dinner and it certainly appeared to be a date. Was Dr. Sophy standing by to check this man’s mental sanity?
Taylor has repeatedly stated she is not dating anyone, but Taylor says a lot of things… so we’ll see. As Brandi Glanville said, “It’s been like a hot minute!,” but you know what – good for her if she’s happy!
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DID TAYLOR DO THE RIGHT THING RELEASING HER MEDICAL RECORDS? DO THEY HELP SUPPORT HER CLAIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE? IS TAYLOR DATING THE MYSTERY MAN?
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Oh, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - I love ya, but will you please go away already?! I need a break! In the latest, the wealthiest ladies to ever squabble on reality television just will not stop! Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but Real Housewives co-tarts certainly are not!
Viewers witnessedLisa Vanderpump‘s shock and disappointment on parts one and two of the RHOBH reunion as her castmates seemed to gang up on her over numerous petty slights. Lisa admitted it was going to take a while for her get over her co-star’s “viciously” attacking her, but what’s worse, is that real-life friend Kyle Richards sat there and said nothing in Lisa’s defense!
According to a friend of Lisa’s, the fan-favorite feels betrayed by former bestie Kyle, whom she has supported through thick and thin – even hiring Kyle’s husband to sell her lavish home!
“When Lisa sold her house for $21 million, she was kind enough to let Kyle and her husband [real estate broker Mauricio [Umansky]sell it,” the friend reveals to The Huffington Post. “It was a magnificent 17,000 square foot home that, as you can tell from the show, is absolutely amazing. She could have listed the property with anyone but, as a friend, she wanted to help Kyle out.” Mauricio earned an estimated $1M from the sale.
“Lisa would rather give the money to a pal than a stranger. So you can only imagine how she felt when, just a few days later, Kyle turned on her,” the friend adds. Apparently, Lisa is appalled that she trusted Kyle so deeply, only to learn Kyle may have participated in a plot to intentionally attack her at the reunion.
Lisa is so upset about the situation with Kyle and Adrienne Maloof, she questions whether or not she is willing to return for a third season! “I feel like I have been taken for a fool,” Lisa admits. “Defending them and supporting them in life and in business.”
Lisa is not willing to easily forgive and forget her betrayal. “It’s an ensemble cast and we should all stick together. You can’t just apologize and move on after this,” she explains. When asked if she would return for season three of the show–which she has yet to be invited back to–Lisa answered that she would “seriously consider” her options before signing on.
Earlier reports have claimed Lisa, Adrienne, and Kyle had already confirmed their spots for the next season. Perhaps Lisa is having a change of heart following the latest incidents! Me thinks Kyle and Lisa are the new Kim Zolciak and NeNe Leakes!
On Monday night’s reunion Brandi made no secret of the fact that she finds Taylor’s behavior suspect and distasteful. Andy Cohen even questioned Taylor about Brandi’s comments on a recent episode of WWHL. Taylor accused Brandi of desperately wanting a spot on next season’s show and making inflammatory statements for attention.
Brandi claims that’s not true at all; she just really, really doesn’t trust that Taylor! “Taylor tried to have a go at me for nooooooo reason. I have no issues with her, I just don’t trust anything she says or does.”
Brandi also talks about the argument between herself and Adrienne, and Brandi makes it clear she likes Adrienne just fine, but she wasn’t ok with her behavior! “The show kind of looks like I’m going after Adrienne for no reason because they cut a lot of parts about the ‘meeting to go after Lisa’ out,” Brandi tells RumorFix. “I really like Adrienne I just didn’t want to be a part of any kind of bullying in case it was going to happen.”
“Kyle just clearly doesn’t like me because I have an opinion that is different from hers,” Brandi adds.
Finally, next week’s third segment of the longest reunion ever will feature Kim Richards‘ sit down with Andy. Life & Style provides a sneak peak of some of the things Kim will discuss!
In the interview Kim will share why she decided to seek treatment and explain her hopes for the future. “I just didn’t like me anymore,” Kim confesses as her reason for entering rehab. “I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror.”
“I had so much guilt and shame for my behavior…then I drank to cover the guilt and shame and make it go away,” she admits. “It’s a vicious cycle.”
Kim reveals she has been in treatment before, “I’ve struggled with it, and I’ve been working on it for a while. I am a person who has done it and relapsed and done it [again].” This time Kim is hopeful she will be able to maintain her sobriety. “At least I’m trying,” Kim states. “I’m really trying.”
Kyle will also participate in the interview with Kim, and she is very supportive of her sister. “I know it was difficult for Kim to leave her family and get help,” Kyle says. “I admire her for having the courage to admit she had a problem and to seek treatment.” We wish Kim the best in her recovery!
SHOULD LISA FEEL BETRAYED BY KYLE? WILL SHE RETURN FOR SEASON THREE? IS BRANDI RIGHT TO QUESTION TAYLOR’S HONESTY? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT KIM’S INTERVIEW?
I. Love. Brandi Glanville. If Brandi doesn’t return next season, can Bravo please hire her to conduct these reunions, because girl is not afraid to bring it. Last night’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion was explosive, dishy, and far superior to any reunion I’ve ever seen. I’m giving credit where credit is due, so thank you, Brandi, and thank you also, Camille!
Things start out with Andy recapping Brandi‘s intro into the exclusive social club known as high school students masquerading as adult women. Forty going on fourteen! Brandi dispels rumors that she’s a slut, but wishes she was because sex is fun. Camille confirms Brandi is just joking about her sexual proclivities. The KyTayAdrienne sofa is practically hyperventilating over talk of Brandi’s swimsuits and outlandish jokes. They are, like, the most square sofa in reunion history!
Kyle admits that her behavior towards Brandi was ridiculous and insecure, stating she was afraid of Brandi’s entry into the group because Brandi is hot. Andy demonstrates just how ridiculous and immature Kyle was by bringing up the infamous Game Night. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never looked at Taboo! the same way since!
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