On Thursday night, HLN's Dr. Drew sat down with Taylor Armstrong, cast member from “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." She had a revealing look at her life after her husband Russell’s tragic suicide, as well as the abuse she says she has endured her entire life.
“My daughter saw and heard more than I thought she did,” Armstrong told Dr. Drew. “I am concerned this cycle may go down in the family again and I don't want that to happen, so I am having conversations about it. She saw the verbal -- not the physical, thank God.”
Armstrong stated that she wants her five-year-old daughter Kennedy to have a positive image of her father, but claims that one day while she was trying to emphasize that point, her daughter said, “Why would you miss a boy that screamed at you all the time?”
Later, Dr. Drew asked Armstrong how people are to truly understand the desperation and fear she expressed on the show.
“It came out on the show this year that there was abuse going on,” Armstrong said. “I think I went crazy. I was so freaked out by the fact all of this would come out on television, and what was then going to happen to me. I wanted the cameras to keep him from getting out of control. I didn't want the world to know what was happening.”
Dr. Drew inquired, “So the fact it was all coming out, you thought he would beat you even more?”
“I thought he might do something really drastic … [like] kill me” Armstrong replied. “He told me several times, ‘I'm afraid I'm going to kill you one day’, because he would get so out of control with me, and it was like a loving thing he would say days after a bad experience.”
Dr. Drew told Armstrong, “'I am afraid I’ll kill you' is not what someone says that loves you. That's what a not-well person tells you.”
*Editor's note: HLN cannot confirm the allegations made by Taylor Armstrong in this interview.