Taylor Armstrong: 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Saved My Life

The RHOBH star finally speaks out, saying if it weren't for the cameras, "there's a good chance I wouldn't be sitting here today"

In the wake of Russell Armstrong's suicide, many wondered whether The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Mondays at 9 p.m. ET, on Bravo) was at least partly responsible for his death. Taylor Armstrong herself implied during an interview with Dr. Phil that the cameras exacerbated her estranged husband's psychological torment, which eventually led him to take his own life.

But during an appearance on the KTLA Morning News in Los Angeles yesterday, Armstrong, 40, took a different view. Sure, the reality show may have pushed her husband over the edge, but it may also have saved her life -- and that of her 5-year-old daughter, Kennedy -- in the process.

"If the cameras were not in my life, there's a good chance I wouldn't be sitting here today, because a lot of domestic violence situations end in murder-suicide versus just suicide," she said.

Armstrong explained that she'd been a victim of Russell's domestic violence for years before she joined the cast. At one point he hit her so hard that she had to have corneal surgery, and she now has a titanium implant holding her right eye up. "I believe that, subconsciously, I may have signed up for the show to try and allow my problems to be in the public eye to some extent because, again, it was my saving grace," she said.

In retrospect Armstrong sees her participation in Housewives as a means of rising above an abusive relationship. Even if the cameras failed to bring the violence to light, the show would at least afford her some of her own financial power.

She says that the show gave her "the ability to find a platform of my own, which is what I really want to focus on now, is helping women who are in a dangerous situation find a platform, find a financial source to get them out of that situation before something tragic happens."    

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