Taylor Armstrong: My 5-Year-Old Daughter Knew Russell Beat Me

Mon, April 2, 2012 3:58pm EDT by 13 Comments
Taylor Armstrong

Taylor appeared on ‘Access Hollywood’ on April 2 and said that her daughter isn’t too young to comprehend that she was brutally beaten by her late husband Russell Armstrong.

Taylor Armstrong is doing her best to remain upbeat but The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star admits it can be difficult. The reality star says that although she wants her daughter Kennedy, 5, to have good memories of her father Russell Armstrong who killed himself on Aug. 15 , she can’t make her daughter forget her mother’s brutal beatings.

“Why would you miss a boy who beat you all the time?” Kennedy asked her Taylor one day. Taylor says it was in this moment that she realized that children know exactly what’s going on around them, even if you try and shield them.

Taylor has since written a memoir about her abuse and marriage to Russell called Hiding From Reality: My Story of Love, Loss, and Finding the Courage Within.

— Chloe Melas

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sunday

Posted at 3:27 AM on April 4, 2012  

Taylor needs to stop talking publicly especially about personal, private conversations with her daughter. I cringe everytime I hear her talk. She’s not helping women she’s hurting her daughter. She needs to take a year and spent it privately with her daughter. It’s abusive to Kennedy to have her mother constantly talking about events that are sooo recent. My God it hasn’t even been a year!! Bravo needs to get rid of her. Her story gets worse not better.

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sunday

Posted at 3:27 AM on April 4, 2012  

Taylor needs to stop talking publicly especially about personal, private conversations with her daughter. I cringe everytime I hear her talk. She’s not helping women she’s hurting her daughter. She needs to take a year and spent it privately with her daughter. It’s abusive to Kennedy to have her mother constantly talking about events that are sooo recent. My God it hasn’t even been a year!! Bravo needs to get rid of her. Her story gets worse not better.

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liz

Posted at 12:13 PM on April 3, 2012  

At first she tells us that she stayed in the relationship because Kennedy was safe and now she says that her daughter knows he was beating her. Which one is it? Was your daughter shielded from the abuse or not? If you were a noble human being Taylor, you would shield your daughter from remembering her daddy, who obviously loved her, in such a negative way.

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susan

Posted at 11:42 AM on April 3, 2012  

she is very good at lying.

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Voice

Posted at 1:05 AM on April 3, 2012  

Will you please stop publishing stories about this liar? She is really a slap in the face to real, true victims of domestic violence. As other people have posted on here, Kennedy would never refer to her dad as a ‘boy’. Shayna/Taylor is a pathological liar, who tells lies on a daily basis to keep her name in the headlines. Those of us who know she is lying about Russell and wish he can be given an opportunity to rest in peace and a chance for her daughter not to have to live with the lies of this truly cold and evil mother wish the media and bloggers would just stop promoting this one character.

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gbtw

Posted at 1:58 PM on April 3, 2012  

was shayna her stripper name, or her real name?

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onetruth

Posted at 11:56 PM on April 2, 2012  

she needs to let russell at peace. what she feel good to talk about her being a victim o wait she let that happen & the only victim is her child for exposing her to all this. thank u for putting it in the media now your child will be reminded of this her whole life. i dont know why people are trying to talk about abuse when they know theirs a way out not for all but affornally she could walk away from the situation but money talks for the real housewife if u call her that.

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Mims

Posted at 7:59 PM on April 2, 2012  

ITA with you all. I counsel abused kids and most children wont use the word “beat” till high school. Kids Kennedy’s age use words like “hurt” or “hit”…not “beat”. Taylor is the most influential person to preserve Kennedy’s memory of her dad. Kennedy will need counseling for many years.

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Liz

Posted at 7:16 PM on April 2, 2012  

A few months ago she said the same thing but last time she said Kennedy said why would you stay with a boy who yelled at you all the time. She is a liar. She can’t keep her lies straight.

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Mel

Posted at 6:59 PM on April 2, 2012  

“Why would you miss a boy who beat you all the time?”
Seriously, what child would refer to their father as a “boy” Hey Taylor what other man was knocking you around that your child saw? Or is this just another of your grossly exaggerated lies?

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Denise

Posted at 9:21 PM on April 2, 2012  

Seriously has anyone ever heard Kennedy speak a complete sentence?

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Kim

Posted at 6:27 PM on April 2, 2012  

There is no way Kennedy said this. To refer to her father as “A BOY” is very telling….. Really Taylor you are grasping at straws now aren’t you…. It must suck to try to keep up with all the lies….

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Karen

Posted at 6:00 PM on April 2, 2012  

re you kissing me? No way Kennedy said that; Taylor is desperate to remain in the news.

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