It has been almost exactly a year since Russell Armstrong tragically hanged himself; the husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong was haunted by mounting debt and was estranged from his wife. The news came as a shock to those involved with the show.
Taylor has publicly accused Russell of being abusive, and also wrote a book, Hiding From Reality: My Story of Love, Loss and Finding the Courage Within, which was published shortly after his death.
Russell left behind three children, one of them daughter Kennedy, whom he had with Taylor. Kennedy was often seen on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, looking moody and shy.
“She’s more open and joyful since his death," Taylor told the New York Post of how her 5-year-old daughter is dealing with the tragedy. "She’s more outgoing than she was during his lifetime. She was feeling my anxiety.... I’ve worked closely with psychologists with her, and I’m keeping tabs on her."
Taylor, who is working with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, continued: “I will say, ‘Don’t you miss daddy?' And explain and remind her about positive things. I hope she’ll be proud of me.”