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Hiding from Reality

My Story of Love, Loss, and Finding the Courage Within

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Taylor Armstrong, star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Bravo, pulls back the curtain on the years she suffered in silence through domestic violence in this searingly honest account of her troubled marriage to the late Russell Armstrong.

The terrible truth is that I felt lost without the control that Russell had imposed on me for the nearly six years that we were married. Disturbingly, I missed that control. I didn’t know what to do once I had no one there to tell me how to dress, act, and behave; what to want; and who, even, to be. In some ways, I missed the abuse. I missed the pain. I missed being scared. Not because I liked feeling any of that. But because it was the life I had become accustomed to, and without anyone to be afraid of, to apologize to, and to cover for, I felt completely lost.

Reality hit Taylor Armstrong hard one tragic evening last August when she found the body of her estranged husband, Russell, hanging in his California home. Fans across the country were shocked at the horrific news of his death and even more shocked to discover that behind the glittering “reality” of Taylor’s life on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills lurked a painful story of emotional and physical abuse that she had been terrified to tell.
To the outside world, the Armstrongs lived like royalty, throwing lavish parties—including a memorable tea party for their daughter’s fourth birthday—and mingling with their privileged Housewives co-stars. It was impossible to hide the cracks in their marriage from the cameras forever, though, and their darkest secrets slowly began to seep through the gilded façade.

With searing honesty, Taylor candidly examines her difficult journey from the abusive home in which she was born to the low self-esteem that kept her constantly on the run from herself, to the tumultuous marriage that ended in suicide, and ultimately to her realization that only by sharing her moving story could she help other women.

Customer Reviews


I've always been a fan of the Housewives, Taylor just shines even brighter than she always has through this book. It's about time she started seeing just how worthy of love and kindness she is. I'm so excited for her and the advocacy of putting an end to domestic violence. You can feel the genuine sincerity with the turn of every page. Thanks for being brave enough to share your story! As for anyone who has anything negative to say- why're you even wasting your time? This woman is turning a treacherous 6 years of battling a regular basis abuse into a learning experience for her and hopefully many women to come!
Good luck Taylor and Kennedy! <3

Hiding from Reality

Taylor Armstrong, your words ring true to so many,and are all to familiar, keep spreading the word your message needs to be heard their many women like you who stay for the same reasons,maybe your words will reach one to get the courage to leave,and be strong!



Taylor i am so happy for you. I think it is phenomenal how you've taken a terrible situation and used it to help millions of other people. Like you said 3 women die every day from causes related to domestic violence, so if you help one person with your book you are making a HUGE impact. It is so condescending that people are judging this book without ever reading it. As far as profiting from this book.... SHE WAS BEATEN REGULARLY BY THIS MAN WHO HAS NOW LEFT HER IN AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF DEBT AND SHE IS BEING SUED UP TO HER KNEES. I'm sorry but if she makes enough money from this book to help dig herself out and support her daughter then GOOD FOR HER!

Hiding from Reality
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Feb 07, 2012
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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