Russell Armstrong Told His Friend Being On The 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' 'Ruined His Entire Life!'

Tue, August 16, 2011 4:28pm EDT by 6 Comments

Did starring on Bravo’s ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ lead Russell Armstrong to hang himself?

Russell Armstrong allegedly hung himself in a Beverly Hills home Aug. 15, exactly one month after his wife, Taylor, had filed from divorce. However, the impending divorce wasn’t the only thing going wrong in his life: Russell, 47, was in the middle of lawsuits and banking issues, was accused of abusing his wife and had reality TV cameras shooting him for the second season of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which he supposedly blamed as being the catalyst for his life falling apart.

“He was down in the dumps over the latest allegations that he had abused Taylor. I told him people don’t believe everything they read and he told me; ‘It’s funny how a reality show can ruin your entire life,'” Russell’s friend, Tom Vickers, told RadarOnline.

Tom also said, “He told me the allegations were absolutely not true and that he wanted people to hear that from him. But he admitted he was too emotional and that there was too much to handle.

Another one of Russell’s pals reiterated similar sentiments when recalling recent conversations with the troubled RHOBH husband.

“He was so angry about everything, but never did anyone suspect he would kill himself,” the friend told US Weekly, adding, “He felt totally out of control of his own life. Everything was spinning out of control.”

Ironically, earlier this year, Russell couldn’t say enough positive things about how being on reality TV had changed his life…for the better!

“The one thing the show has done, it’s made us refocus our marriage,” Russell told The Daily Beast. “And it’s been wonderful.”

Although some friends say Russell blamed the reality show for his demise, others claim he was distraught over a reported tell-all book that was about to be released about his life.

“Russell was recently informed that a tell-all book was being written and that many of his secrets were going to be made public,” a source told RadarOnline. “A few of those close to Russell knew about the book and knew he was really upset about it. Some friends think it was the final straw for him.”

Taylor, 40, is reportedly “devastated” by Russell’s death and has asked for privacy during this difficult time.

More ‘Real Housewives’ News

  1. Taylor Armstrong’s Husband Has An Abusive Past
  2. ‘RHOBH’ Star Taylor Armstrong Files For Divorce From Russell

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peanut

Posted at 3:21 PM on December 30, 2011  

Spelling not important,I got the jist of it and could not agree more with her.Sad thing was he was not as rich as she needed to keep up her life.She was so trying to keep up with her rich friends.I have known women like her and it is disgusting.They sit on their bony butts and ask for things they can’t afford while hubby is out busting butt to make things happen.Why didn’t she have a job instead of wasting her time at all these parties she attended?Seems like that is all these women do.Or meet for lunch.dinner,a drink,breakfast or whatever.Whenever one farts they have a party for it.

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peanut

Posted at 3:13 PM on December 30, 2011  

There you go,he said it himself,the physical abuse is not true.He did not know his own wife is the one that told everyone that crap.
She asks for privacy during this time.Well,duh your life is on tv every week,how much privacy is in that?Duh….

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nickie

Posted at 7:47 PM on August 24, 2011  

you are so wrong, he lived in Manhattan Beach when he met her then they moved to Beverly Hills and rented a house. Dont talk about what you dont know, he was my boyfriend at the time and he cheated on me with her

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Lisa M

Posted at 10:51 AM on August 17, 2011  

taylor planned everything

she sought out a ‘rich man’ to marry and move him from texas to beverly hills to live ‘that lifestyle’ she got pregnat to try to make him obligated to her financially forever

she knew of his financial difficulties and was responsible for many of them

she never got money out in her name, because she knew they couldnt pay it back and didnt want her name to go to crap

when she heard about and later got cast as a ‘real housewife’ she planned heavly on how to leave russel and still live the life she had grew a customed

she even states may times on the show that she has always planned for the day hr husband will leave her for a younger woman.

so she got him to start a little company up in her name so when he leaves she will still be able to afford her spending habits

she played season one, making out how horrible her life was with russell, you can see her glance at the camerea to see if its on her then all of a sudden pull a ‘sad face’ to the ‘side’

she was planning to devoirce him since being cast

so much more but s ittle time

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Jenny

Posted at 9:13 PM on August 17, 2011  

Lisa M: Your spelling is all over the place! My fourth grader can spell better than you. Just sayin’…

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Kerry

Posted at 6:38 PM on August 18, 2011  

Stop focusing on the spelling Lisa M is telling it like it is.

 
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