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Taylor Armstrong spills secrets about married life with Russell

September 21, 2011 |  5:07 pm

Taylor Armstrong reveals all in a new ET interview

What a mess. Taylor Armstrong's cathartic chat spree is unearthing a lot unpleasantness surrounding the suicide of her husband, Russell Armstrong -- and the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast member isn't the only one chiming in.

First, Taylor gave details of how she told Kennedy, her daughter with Russell, that her father was gone.

"I just told her that daddy got sick and he died ... ," she said in a sit-down with "Entertainment Tonight." She told the 5-year-old that "we could pick a star in the sky and it could be daddy, and that she could talk to him every night."

Taylor brought Kennedy with her Aug. 15 when she and a friend went to check on Russell at the house where her estranged husband had been staying since they separated; Russell had not responded to phone calls and texts for days, and had missed a planned meeting.

She recalled "laying in the street screaming" when Russell's body was found. "I realized that my little girl was there and I had to pull it together to get her out of there." 

Armstrong also painted a picture of a marriage rife with trauma, including alleged physical abuse dating back to when she was pregnant.

"You live your life constantly on eggshells waiting for the other shoe to drop," she said. "You don't know if you're going to talk to your girlfriend too long at dinner and that's going to cause someone to fly into a rage."

A cringe-worthy photo of Taylor sporting a black eye and other injuries she said came at the hands of her late husband would seem to be in line with her accounts; however, Russell's attorney Ronald Richards disputed the relevance of the images, which were sold to "ET."

"If Mr. Armstrong was the cause of those injuries he would have been arrested and prosecuted," he told TMZ on Wednesday, saying the injuries may have been from plastic surgery and noting that Taylor had not filed a police report.

Joining the chorus, fellow "Housewives" franchise member Jill Zarin, recently cut loose from the New York series, had plenty of opinions about Armstrong and her future.

"Honestly, I wouldn't talk to the press or anyone for six months to a year," Zarin said on "Good Morning America." "I would buckle down with my family, and I probably wouldn't come back on the show."

How refreshing of Mrs. Zarin to suggest an appropriate grief timeline for Taylor before returning to the marketplace, perhaps with some sort of noble, worthy product for the masses. 

Watch Taylor's "ET" interview below, and leave your thoughts on her PR tornado in comments.



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Photo: Russell and Taylor Armstrong in February. Credit: David Livingston / Getty Images