On the surface, Taylor Armstrong and her husband, Russell, once seemed to have it all: a beautiful Beverly Hills home, an unlimited supply of cash and a sweet 5-year-old daughter, Kennedy. But when Russell committed suicide on August 15, just weeks after Taylor filed for divorce, sources say it became tragically clear that behind the scenes, they were living an entirely different reality.
Though Taylor and Russell’s fights were a common theme on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills show, insiders say that the couple were even more volatile behind closed doors — and it often got physical.
“Russell and Taylor had a very abusive, unhealthy relationship,” an insider reveals, who says for years that Taylor covered the signs of his beatings with makeup.
In fact, in June he beat her so badly, he broke her eye socket and she spent five days at Cedars-Sinai hospital in LA. “Now she has a permanent metal plate,” a friend reveals to In Touch exclusively.