In Taylor’s new tell-all she reveals that Russell tried to drown her, punched her in the eye, and would strategically place tape recorders around their home without Taylor knowing!
Taylor Armstrong wants you to know that she lived in fear for the six years she was married to Russell Armstrong. Us Weekly obtained a few excerpts from Taylor’s memoir Hiding From Reality and the abuse that Taylor says she suffered during her marriage is beyond shocking.
“I always assumed I was being recorded in the car and at home,” Taylor’s book reads. “I was always careful to make sure the content of my conversations was very clear.”
Russell told Taylor that he wanted her to get pregnant early on in their relationship. But he made it clear that if she didn’t have a girl, he would want her to terminate the pregnancy. Taylor gave birth to their now 5-year-old daughter Kennedy.
“Russell wanted to keep the baby only if it was a girl,” the tell-all continues. “Because he already had two boys. At five weeks I took a blood test and mailed in the sample to learn the gender, and fate, of our baby.”
But Russell didn’t only control that aspect of Taylor’s life, he would allegedly physically abuse her.
“He would grab my hair and bang my head against the side of the car between the two door,” her book reads. “Or against the glass of the passenger window while he was driving, because it made his point to me but didn’t leave a visible mark.”
Taylor tried to hit Russell back during one of his violent outbursts but it only made matters worse.
“Don’t ever do that again because I almost killed you,” Russell told Taylor. “One of these days I’m afraid I’m going to kill you.”
Taylor finally decided to leave Russell after he reportedly punched her eye causing her to have to get reconstructive surgery and a titanium implant beneath her eye.
“Hearing that I was in danger of having a lifelong deformity from something that Russell had done to me was enough to finally snap me out of the spell Russell had over me,” she writes. “When my assistant and I got home from my doctor’s appointment, I told her to pack a bag for Kennedy.”
— Chloe Melas
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