Below, Ramona Singer gets wild with a female model, Simon van Kempen is photographed looking sad, Real Housewives of NYC stars Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, and Countess Lulu attend different events, Alexis Bellino steps out with hubby Jim, Sheree Whitfield steps out with Tami Roman, Lisa Vanderpump steps out with Kyle. Plus photos of Sonja Morgan, Camille Grammer, Rachel Zoe & more!
Also below, Heidi Montag makes a rare public appearance! Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian step out, plus Snooki, Kendra Wilkinson, Jennifer Williams, Gloria Govan, & more!
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Taylor Armstrongis revealing all in a sit-down interview with Entertainment Tonight.
Over a month after the tragic suicide of her estranged husband Russell Armstrong, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hillsstar sat down with ET’s Nancy O’Dell. Taylor opened up on her marriage to Russell, details the abuse she experienced as well as the way she broke the news of Russell’s passing to their daughter Kennedy.
First Taylor, 40, describes what she says was the first time Russell, 47, abused her: “The first time he ever really harmed me physically, I was pregnant with Kennedy and he grabbed me by the throat and held me up against a wall,” she says. The reason for that abuse? He did not like the way she made pizza for his sons. “He grabbed me by the neck and shoved me up against the wall and he said, ‘If you ever make my children a pizza without a vegetable again, I’ll kill you…I saw his ability to go from zero to 60 that quickly.”
Following that first incident, the abuse continued on in her 6-year marriage. “You live your life constantly on eggshells waiting for the other shoe to drop,” Taylor tells Nancy. “You don’t know if you’re going to talk to your girlfriend too long at dinner and that’s going to cause someone to fly into a rage.”
She also states Russell was usually careful in the way he abused her, trying not to leave visible marks.”He would grab me by one side of the hair on my head and bang the other side of my head against the car,” she discloses adding that these would leave knots in her scalp. She cries as she recounts, “He would say to me, ‘I’m afraid I’m going to kill you one day.'”
According to Taylor, Russell abused her about 20 times throughout their marriage, citing the last time (the same incident in which she took photos at the hospital) was one of the most brutal attacks. Taylor says Russell punched her in the eye after she came back home from filming her birthday party in Las Vegas. He had accused her of ignoring him and seeing another man. Taylor states she felt her “eyeball shift.”
After landing in the hospital, she states Russell told her to tell doctors 5-year-old Kennedy accidentally kicked her in the eye with her shoe. Taylor also adds that Russell was with her while she checked into the hospital and talked to doctors. She adds that the doctors were suspicious but never called the cops.
Following the final incident, Russell finally realized just how severe their problem was according to Taylor. “When I finally showed him the MRI he just put it down and started to cry. And I think it was him having to come to terms with the fact that this had gone on for too long, and that this time he really could’ve hurt me beyond what could’ve been repaired.”
Taylor goes on to reveal how she broke the horrible news of Russell’s death to Kennedy. “I just told her that daddy got sick and he died … ,” said Taylor adding she told the 5-year-old that “we could pick a star in the sky and it could be daddy, and that she could talk to him every night.”
As for why she’s going public with her story, Taylor reveals she’s doing it in hopes that she can help other women experiencing the same thing. When asked why she never called cops during the abuse, she states she never wanted Russell to go to jail. “I never wanted to call the police because I didn’t want him to go to jail. I loved him. And he would say ‘If you call the police, they’re going to send me to jail. And who’s going to take care of Kennedy? Who’s going to take care of you?'”
As for the criticism that Russell is no longer here to defend himself, Taylor responds: “I would say that they’re right Unfortunately. He is not here. And I’m mourning the loss of him if not more than anyone.” She adds, “But at the same time, I’ve put myself second in other to protect him and he doesn’t need my protection anymore. But there are a lot of women in this world that probably do. So I have to fight for the living now.”
And just this Wednesday, Russell’s lawyer Ronald Richards claimed Taylor’s abuse photos were phony and that the injuries were not inflicted by Russell. “If Mr. Armstrong was the cause of those injuries he would have been arrested and prosecuted,” Ronald told TMZ adding that the injuries may have been from plastic surgery and noting that Taylor had not filed a police report.
Those close to Taylor however insist the pictures are very real and that she has others that make R&B star Rihanna‘s battered face “look like child’s play.”
Taylor is set to appear on the Dr. Phil Show today to further discuss things and try to get help for coping with this tragedy. Part of the ET interview is below –
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For those of you who thought you’d never hear from Jill Zarin again following her departure from Real Housewives of New York, you’re out of luck! Jill is all over the place: in the news, in Lord & Taylor, in some of our undergarments… the drama never ends with the red-headed mama.
In the latest installment of the Jill Zarin gossip brigade, Ramona Singer was possibly the driving force behind Bravo kicking Jill off RHONY!
A source reveals to UsWeekly that Ramona “came to Bravo with a few pals she thought would make good additions. Bravo decided to go with the new girls and not Jill, so Ramona basically ran her off the show.” It has been widely reported that the three new castmates are Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson, andAviva Drescher. However none of the women are mentioned as being friends or acquaintances of Ramona.
Speaking to The Insider’s Christina McLarty about leaving the show, Jill confirms that Bravo wanted to go with different women. “The what happened is such a long answer,” Jill comments, rolling her eyes, “but basically we were not picked up. The show has gone in a different direction; they’ve added other girls.”
Jill was even more honest in her interview with GMA yesterday regarding the firing. “It was a little jolting. I’ll be honest,” said Jill referring to the call she received last week from Bravo executives confirming that she had been fired. “It didn’t feel good,” she added. “Nobody likes to not be asked back to the party.”
Jill also added that she’s not done with television and is in talks with a variety of networks concerning different projects, although she cannot give any further details at this time.
Ramona denies that she had anything to do with the network firing Jill; explaining “”We can recommend people to come to the show, but it’s not my decision.”
Another insider reveals the remaining ladies will NOT miss Jill. “Jill caused a lot of problems,” an insider reveals. “Her castmates were upset with her, since she’d tweet all these negative things. Karma’s a bitch.”
Thoughts on everyone’s comments? Are you surprised Jill was honest in admitting she was fired? Do you believe Ramona had something to do with Jill getting the axe?
Well, I’m excited to finally report some positive news concerning Teresa Giudice’s finances!
As you recall, on Monday the Real Housewives of New Jersey star’s husband, Joe Giudicewithdrew his bankruptcy filing after controversy over allegations the Giudices had lied about their assets and income at the time of filing. Joe was at risk of facing criminal prosecution related to bankruptcy fraud. Teresa still potentially faces those charges, as she has yet to withdraw her filing, although sources report she is planning to.
Now, onto the positive! In a new interview for PEOPLE, Teresa’s attorney Jim Kridel reports “Teresa and Joe are happy about this,” and Teresa feels ” ‘vindicated’ to be voluntarily paying her remaining debts rather than have them discharged in bankruptcy court. (They will move to settle the case later this week.).” Wait – what?! Did I read that correctly?! Why, yes, yes I did.
Mr Kridel continues “Teresa has always wanted to be able to say that she paid her creditors.” The Giudices however had a hard time doing that as they owed a seemingly insurmountable amount of money related to multiple mortgages on several inner city apartment buildings, bills for building materials, and the balances on their various credit cards which accumulated to about $11M in debt according to their bankruptcy filing.
“Almost all the debt in the bankruptcy was Joe’s debt,” Kridel claims. Apparently, the smaller debts and credit card bills, which totaled around $100,000, were attributed to Teresa, and her lavish spending and out of control need for anything covered in glitter, lace, or marble, who “wanted to pay,” however once the Giudices filed bankruptcy their creditors were not allowed to be paid “preferentially.”
The article explains that as of now several of the banks have been repaid from the sale of the apartment buildings listed as a liability in their bankruptcy filing and Joe has also paid the $586,000 claim against him from his former business partner through a building’s sale; leaving the Giudice’s remaining debts “within a manageable range.”
With her many business ventures (including a make-up line and bottled cocktail) Teresa is no longer completely broke. Teresa “may not be able to pay all [her creditors] with one check, but she can pay them back. She wants to do the right thing,” her lawyer articulates. No word if Joe is currently employed, but at least his wife is bringing home the bacon and attempting to spend it wisely!
According to Kridel, who gave this interview with dollar signs in his eyes, “The cost of litigation might exceed what she owes.” Well, hopefully they won’t default on that bill…
Do you believe Teresa that she wants to repay her debts? Are you as shocked as I am that she supposedly wants to do the right thing? If Teresa does, in fact, repay her creditors the old-fashioned way would this give you a more positive opinion of her?
It was a classic case of he-said she-said on this season of the Jersey Shore as Mike The Situation accused Snookiof hooking up with him and cheating on her boyfriend.
During earlier episodes this season, Mike, 29, dropped the bomb when he also revealed he had developed feelings for the Snooks, 23. The Snooks however unconvincingly protested too much flew into a rage and denied Mike’s claims. Snooki also informed her beau Jionni LaVelle of Mike’s claims though she still maintained she never cheated.
Fast forward to today and UsWeekly is reporting Snooki’s castmates, including her BFF JWoww, no longer believe her! The report states they actually believe Mike’s version of events over hers.
The reunion for season 4 was taped on August 31, and the hook-up was a huge topic. “When the hookup was brought up during the reunion show, nobody sided with her,” a witness at the taping revealed. “Everyone believed Mike!” added the source.
A report by Star magazine confirms UsWeekly’s report stating that though the cast was upset with Mike at the beginning of the reunion taping in Los Angeles, by the end of the show, they were believing his claims “because Snooki was just out of control, denying it too much.”
The set insider adds that Snooki also showed up drunk to the reunion (Seriously, this girl has a drinking problem no?) and continued drinking through out. “It was only 11 a.m., and she was a mess!” the insider reveals. “She was slurring her words and struggling to keep her head up straight. There was no doubt she was drunk.”
Producers reportedly struggled to keep the Snooks in check backstage. Yikes.
A new episode of the Jersey Shore airs tonight on MTV at 10/9c.
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For it’s 26th season the OG of reality TV will be heading back to sunny, beautiful San Diego where seven diverse strangers will be forced to do everything together for our viewing pleasure! Expect lots of drama as hooking up, arguing, and life changing opportunities invade the beach community of La Jolla!
This season, the diverse group includes a Zimbabwean Gymnast, a Professional Football Player, a Nuclear Engineer, a Drag King, a Model, a Bisexual Recent Graduate, and a San Diego Native who, as the youngest in the house, may have something to teach her roommates yet.
Last night’s Survivor: South Pacific had the blue Upolus scheming, leading each of them to wonder which tribe mates they should trust, while the red Savaiis welcomed Cochran…but for how long?
Semhar is the first castaway sent to Redemption Island and is overly emotional as she awaits the arrival of the next cast off from the main island. Fear not, she chooses to combat her feelings of negativity by channeling her inner Maya Angelou.
On the main island, at the Savaii camp, Cochran is thanking his lucky stars he didn’t get his torch snuffed and is thanking his teammates. He promises he’ll prove them he’s a worthy ally. Ozzy identifies with his passion but needs to see some getupandgo from the little guy. Keith is finally getting some air time, both befriending and questioning Ozzy.
Day four at the Upolu has Coach telling Edna he feels like he started on the outside. He asks Edna who has the immunity idol. As there has been no obvious digging, she is concerned it’s already been found. Edna is worried that she may be the first voted out of her tribe, so she strategically aligns herself with the pro.
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16 and Pregnant couple Ebony Jackson and Josh Rendon had their daughter taken away by Child Protective Services Tuesday night after cops invaded their home.
What the cops discovered is pretty shocking as well as vomit inducing. According to TMZ, cops decided to pay the former MTV reality stars a visit after someone called the Department of Human Services, complaining about the living conditions in the house.
It appears the cops had good reason to do so. The police report reveals, “Every room inside the residence had human and dog feces on the floors, walls, and clothing.”
Even more horrific, “The house was full of flies and in some areas, maggots.” The cops add that evidence of “synthetic marijuana” was also discovered. The couple had their 2-year-old daughter taken away from them, and rightfully so. Animal control was also called to rescue three dogs in the house.
In addition to losing their daughter, Josh and wife Ebony, 20, were also arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and drug possession.
Josh, who starred on season one with Ebony, spoke to TMZ and took responsibility for the mess. He stated, “It was fair for them to charge us with this. [Our house] wasn’t clean.”
The couple was released from custody on Wednesday after they each posted an $8,000 bond. Josh and Ebony are now working hard to try to get back their daughter, who remains in CPS custody.
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