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How Taylor Armstrong Explains To Daughter Kennedy Her Dad's Violence

Thu, April 5, 2012 12:10pm EDT by 13 Comments
Taylor Armstrong Abuse

The reality star says her young daughter Kennedy comprehends that her daddy beat Taylor and tells EXCLUSIVELY exactly how she explains the brutal violence to the 5-year-old. Read to find out how.

In a recent interview, Taylor Armstrong says her daughter Kennedy asked why she missed her late husband, Russel Armstrong — who killed himself on Aug. 15 — if he beat her all the time. “I said, ‘You know what, you’re right,'” Taylor tells at the Bravo Up Front on April 4. “‘Your daddy had a bad temper and that wasn’t okay, but he loved you very much.'”

“He never acted out towards my daughter,” Taylor explains. “I try to reinforce ‘Your daddy loves you, and I know he misses you.'”

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star has written a memoir about her abuse and marriage to Russell called Hiding From Reality: My Story of Love, Loss, and Finding the Courage Within.

“The cycle of violence is a really interesting thing,” she tells us. “It happens in a lot of relationships. You think you can change someone, and you can’t. You think that if they hit you for one reason or verbally abuse you for one reason and you don’t do that behavior again that it won’t happen again, and that’s not the case. They will always look for something new.”

But now Taylor is doing her best to remain upbeat and positive for Kennedy, and she’s putting dating on hold.

“I’m just so happy being single and loving my little girl and being so present with her,” she explains. “If you read my story, I’ve had a boyfriend since the time I was in the sixth grade and for me to be 40 and be so fine with being alone is beautiful. I just flew back from a vacation with my little girl, and we had the most fun that we’ve had in so long.”

-Reporting by Chloe Melas, Written by Anna Moeslein

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