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It's been quite the dramatic week for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Mondays at 9 p.m. ET, on Bravo). Kim Richards checked into rehab, and Taylor Armstrong checked in with Andy Cohen, dishing on Watch What What Happens Live about her "trainwreck" of a season on the show. Watch the clip here:
Armstrong's calm and collected appearance on Bravo's late-night show followed an explosive episode of an already highly charged season. During a wine-soaked party at Brandi Glanville's house, Armstrong was seen drunkenly fuming at Camille Grammer, who had let the cat out of the bag about the domestic abuse Armstrong suffered at the hands of her husband, Russell. Our knowledge (as viewers) that Russell would eventually commit suicide just weeks after filming, leading Armstrong to finally admit to the abuse, made the argument feel all the more fraught.
"[Camille] was the catalyst to a lot that will haunt me," cried Armstrong in this clip, referring to the consequences of uncovering the abuse so publicly. (She was concerned that Grammer’s on-camera revelations might have put her and her daughter Kennedy, 5, in danger.)
When Cohen asks Armstrong about her role in the altercation, she is clearly regretful. "I was a little drunk, absolutely -- and a little crazy, but I was dealing with so much and my biggest fears were unraveling," she says. "For me, it's as if I lived my life holding a boiling pot with a lid on top that was starting to bubble over. There was nothing more I could do. I was losing my mind and I was truly terrified."
She also offers more specific details about what led to the fight, which were murky during the episode itself. "I had told Camille about my situation in private in January, we were not filming the show," she says. "I was living in a dangerous situation and having that exposed to the nation, was starting to really unravel me. I had not anticipated her bringing it up on camera. And therefore, potentially making my situation more dangerous."
Armstrong also speaks candidly about the night that she discovered her estranged husband's body, confirming the sad fact that Kennedy was with her. "She knew something went bad and the first thing she said was, 'Did Daddy so something dumb?,'" Armstrong says. "We talk about it a lot. She doesn't understand it, I try to explain it to her … but it hasn't been easy. We each have good days and bad days but we have amazing friends and loved ones around us. We're very fortunate."
When asked about her fellow Housewife, Richards, Armstrong expressed sympathy and support. "I adore Kim, and I stand behind her -- if she’s getting healthy, what more can we ask?”