Since the tragic death of Russell Armstrong almost 2 weeks ago, every aspect of his life and marriage has come under scrutiny. Rumors have flown across the internet, some true, some untrue. Was any part of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Taylor Armstrong’s marriage real?
After an alleged colorful past in Tulsa, Oklahoma Shana Hughes changed her name to Taylor Ford and headed to Hollywood. She met and married Russell Armstrong full-filling her dreams of being rich and famous. Some have even stated she was pregnant with their child prior to their marriage and that it was intentionally done to “snag” Russell Armstrong. His sister claims that when he married Taylor, he had no idea about her past. His sister further claims that when their family tried to tell him the stories about her, he refused to listen causing a rift in the family.
In Touch magazine has reported that the abuse in the Armstrong marriage was brutal. According to one of their “insiders”, “Russell and Taylor had a very abusive, unhealthy relationship.” The source went on to state that the abuse had been occurring for years. Taylor was hospitalized for a week last June at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles for a broken eye socket. The injury was allegedly caused by Russell Armstrong.
Issues of bisexuality on his part and infidelity on her part, financial issues and lawsuits have plagued the couple. His family blames Bravo as well as Taylor Armstrong for his suicide. They are even considering a lawsuit against them. Was their marriage based on lies? Did Taylor Armstrong’s role on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills bring down their house of cards?
Successful marriages are built on mutual love and respect. It will never work when lies and deceit are at the forefront of a relationship. If in fact the rumors are true, then there is a lesson for all married couples and soon to be married couples to be learned. Start your relationships and marriage on truth. Carry that honesty and integrity throughout the marriage. It will be your strongest ally when times are tough.
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