Brandi Glanville to Taylor Armstrong: you exploited your husband’s death

“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'” Taylor Armstrong is all over the place promoting her memoir, which details the physical and emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of her late husband Russell, who committed suicide last August. I haven’t really wanted to cover that story as we’ve heard a lot of the details already and it’s just sad and scary to imagine. Plus I don’t like Taylor at all. I hate that she was a victim and I’m glad that she’s no longer subjected to that, but it’s hard to see her practically selling the story. That’s pretty much what Brandi Glanville told Taylor on last night’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion show. This was the second of a three-part reunion series in which they scratch up old wounds and create new ones. Just watching the video clip that’s online is giving me a headache as I hate drawn-out “he-said” “she-said” fights, which is basically what this whole show is about. Here’s Radar’s report:

The tension mounted during a segment in which host Andy Cohen asked the ladies questions from viewers. When one wanted to know what Brandi’s issue has been with Taylor this season, things got tense in a hurry: Brandi told Taylor she’d run into Russell, who told her it was actually Taylor who made him send an email threatening Camille Grammer with legal action for discussing their marital issues.

Taylor shot back at Brandi, questioning her credibility by pointing out she slit ex-husband Eddie Cibrian’s tires.

“I own them too!” Brandi said. “I just took the tires and I put the knife into his motorcycles, and then I told him, ‘Don’t ride them, you’re probably going to get hurt.'”

Brandi then threw a stiff jab, insinuating Taylor’s been trying to capitalize off Russell’s death.

“When does the book come out anyway? How long has it been?” Brandi said in a snarky tone, before noting it took a “hot minute” for Taylor to begin marketing her memoir.

Kyle Richards repeatedly jumped to Taylor’s defense throughout the exchange, reminding Brandi, “Somebody died here!”

Brandi replied, “Yeah, exactly: then let him rest in peace!”

Kyle, calling Brandi “Angry Spice,” reminded her she should be considerate of Taylor considering she was left a single mom when Eddie ditched her for LeAnn Rimes.

“She’s been through enough this year — be a little sympathetic,” Kyle said.

Elsewhere in the episode, Taylor said she found a briefcase found next to Russell’s body that contained data on about 10 different bank accounts, a Rio de Janeiro office and flash drives she’s reticent to open based on legal worries.

“Um, he had a lot of things going on that I didn’t know about,” Taylor said.

When Cohen brought up that Russell’s business partner killed himself shortly after Russell did, Taylor said she’d have felt better knowing Russell was killed by someone else than so distraught as to take his own life — implying she felt that scenario was feasible.

[From Radar Online]

I love how Brandi was all “yeah, I slit his tires. I warned him ahead of time, whatever.” Then she tells Taylor that it’s been a “hot minute” since Russell died and Taylor gets all indignant acting as if she’s single-handedly solving the issue of domestic violence. It’s like Taylor believes taht every victim out there depends on her famewhoring. Look, I agree with Brandi and I like her style. She tells it like it is. I don’t think she should have brought up the email that Russell sent her in which he claimed Taylor made him threaten Camille. That’s old news, but Brandi knows she’s got to bring the drama if she wants to stay on reality television. She’s doing her best to hang in there and keep her job. I know that I would hate having co-workers or a job like that, even if I didn’t have to see those catty bitches every day. I can’t even stand watching them on TV at this point.

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  1. Bermuda Blues says:

    Taylor is the WORST.

  2. Happymom says:

    Um-they’re ALL famewhores and exploit their personal “pain” for attention.

  3. Kim says:

    Brandi isnt the classiest BUT Taylor is a disgusting, moral less, gold digger. She is completely CAPITALIZING on his death. She is the mother of his child for goodness sake. That alone should force her to grow up and keep her mouth shut BUT no she is going to sell books about his abuse etc. when he isnt alive to defend himself. She disgusts me!

  4. dorothy says:

    I think Brandi was right is stating that Taylor was capitalizing on Russell’s death. It’s morbid and tacky.

    • Steph says:

      I totally agree! Taylor doesn’t understand, that although I do feel bad that she endured abuse by her late husbands hands, his kids are priority number one and I think that is lost on her. I also agree that it is so soon for her to be releasing a book. I also think that Brandi is right, its been a hot minute and she made it everyones business what was going on in her life. I wish someone would of stepped in earlier. Once you’ve gone through abuse it should have been stopped. The women said that they didn’t want to interfere with an issue they didn’t know fully about but once abuse is discussed there should have been a stop to it.

  5. skilo says:

    Love Brandi, hate Taylor check out the article on The Daily Beast about Taylor’s lies.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      Good God! She sounds like she’s the only one who has ever made it out of an abusive relationship alive, and now she thinks she’s going to single-handedly “cure” the problem of DV.

      Who does she think she is, the patron saint of the battered and abused?

      Bitch, please.

      • Tweakspotter says:

        Thank you!! Couldn’t agree more. She acts like she has some profound outlook on abuse that nobody has thought of before. The way they stick up for her is so lame and fake. They don’t care about her they just dislike Brandi.

    • Snappyfish says:

      Thx for that link. I always thought her behavior was suspect & the manner in which she is exploiting the death of her child’s father is, quite frankly, beyond reprehensible

  6. brin says:

    People has Brandi’s best quotes from last night….she nailed it! Love why she changed her name back to Glanville….”too many Mrs. Cibrians around”. Awesome.

  7. Talie says:

    Taylor is just lucky no one called her out for co-conning with her dead hubby.

    • gab says:

      Talie, that is exactly what I was thinking! Oh she didn’t want to even open the brief case he left near his body because she didn’t want to see anything so as not to be part of his shady deals. Too late to try to convince the public of this Taylor. Go away, you are nothing but a grifter. And now it’s you who is abusing the situation of your dead husband and hurting all of his remaining children.

  8. Jezi says:

    What does Brandi slashing Eddie’s tires after she found out about another of his affairs have to do with Taylor exploiting her husband’s death? The two aren’t even equal. Trying to discredit Brandi to deflect from her own hideous behavior only made her look even more reprehensible.

    • Jen says:

      Exactly what I was thinking!

    • Charlotte says:

      EXACTLY! She’s so sanctimonious. I can’t stand her. Nobody needs her story out there to learn from. Where is her compassion for her own child? In a few years that girl will do what every kid does at some point – Google her own name to see what comes up. Good job, Mom!

    • Vesper says:

      It means that an angry, unstable woman who slashed the tires of the father of her children and received a court order to stay away from the property he resides on, isn’t someone who should be making judgements about another person’s motives / issues. Brandi needs to reflect on her own imperfections / actions instead of contantly judging others about issues which she knows nothing about.

      • Jezi says:

        Well really Taylor knows nothing about the slashing tire incident either. So basically the same should be said for her. And like Brandi said Taylor has made it everyone’s business by putting it out there. Right Vesper. Brandi owns her mistakes unlike many other people. Heck I bet if your husband dicked around on you with multiple women, you would be slashing the heck out of his tires and possibly something else.

    • Blergh says:


  9. Asli says:

    Agree with Brandi. Okay, in Denmark we’re a little behind on this show and I only just saw the episode with the e-mail today. Did anyone feel that the whole therapy session Taylor had was the fakest sh*t ever. She kept saying that Russel was abusing her and that it’s time she ‘does’ something about it. And that idiot therapist is just playing into it and is telling her to get a divorce. A real therapists would advise them to do couple counseling. Besides, who wants to film a therapy session?! The whole point of therapy is to talk to a confidant/someone who will listen to your problems and keep them safe. I don’t believe a word out of Taylors mouth.

    • Barker says:

      @Asli – I am in Canada and we are in the same place in the series as you are. I can’t believe that these so-called therapy sessions are being filmed. Where did she get this quack of a therapist from? Sorry, but it appeared to me that he was telling her to what to do instead of letting her discover it on her own. He was feeding her what to say and do. What a set-up. Does he even have a license to practice? She is bad enough on her own with the crap that she is peddling. Ugh!

      • Asli says:

        I know! At first I was sympathetic towards her but that stunt just ruined everything for me. And that therapist is a disgrace to all good, caring therapists. He was just giving her lip-service and she was totally playing it up for the cameras. These RHO-ANYWHERE-people need to learn that they CAN’T ACT. We see right through you! I swear Hollywood thinks us Muggles (Normies – as I like to call us normal people) are dumb. And Taylor is the worst. She can’t even get her facial expressions right. She is saying somthing sad but her expression is the smuggest b!tch face ever. UGH.

      • Cha-Cha says:

        I think the dude’s a foot doctor. Had some psychology training, but his license is in something different. She revealed that later on, or in a WWHL episode.

      • Barker says:

        And why does the “therapist” wear no socks? Aren’t the Miami Vice days over with? I can’t figure out who creeps me out more – him or Taylor. Oh wait, never mind – it is Taylor.

  10. NeNe says:

    I thought that Russell’s family was going to sue if his death was mentioned on this show, since he was not here to tell his side of the story. Am I wrong?

  11. the original bellaluna says:

    Sometimes the truth hurts a fame-whore.

    If Taylor didn’t TECHNICALLY “exploit” Russell’s death, she sure did strike while the iron was hot, didn’t she?

  12. jl says:

    my dad committed suicide when I was young. If my mom did what Taylor is doing, I would never respect her. Its disgusting, she’s not thinking of any of his children and they are the ones that are probably suffering the most.
    Taylor, just go raise your daughter in peace and get her out of LA……get a fucking job too. I’m sure none of her book money will go to any domestic violence charities.

    • Asli says:

      I’m sorry for your loss and I completely agree with you. Those kids will suffer the most.

    • JB says:

      Exactly. Stop capatalizing on the domestic abuse angle. If that were the case, give all proceeds to charity. Taylor is gross and milking her horrible situation for everything it is worth. Discusting.

  13. HadleyB says:

    Taylors face during those questions and her sly smiles was… unnerving. Creepy.

    I don’t feel she was a victim at all. She went after Russell knowing who he was and how much money he had … but I won’t debate the domestic abuse issue as I feel if she didn’t love money so much she would of left… if Russell came to her and said Im broke THAT would of prompted her to leave asap.

  14. Hmmm says:

    Even though I think she’s trashy, I like Brandi’s style. I did not know about Taylor egging Russell on to send a threatening email. It makes so much sense. In the eps I’ve seen, Russell always looks like a deer in the headlights. I think Taylor orchestrated everything and built up a set of lies to manipulate everything and everyone. Russell’s suicide is also a loss because we will never know the truth. I’m sure it made this grifter’s day.

    • anne_000 says:

      Yeah, nobody knew that it was Taylor who set up Russell to send that email to Camille. That’s not ‘old news’ at all, since Taylor has been saying she had no idea what the email said. He told dr. sockless that. Then at the White Party, she kept saying she hadn’t read the email.

      So this story that Russell said it was Taylor who made him send out the email is new.

      And considering that Taylor was trying to sue Lisa for supposedly saying things about Taylor’s marriage, it doesn’t seem out of place for Taylor to try to sue Camille too for talking about the marriage.

    • Cadence says:

      I agree. She is money hungry. She even admitted she didn’t call the cops and have him arrested because then he would lose money and clients and she more or less needed him to work and pay her bills..

      Brandi has my respect..

  15. missanne says:

    this is why this show is fascinating to me. these women put out all their dirty laundry with no shame.

  16. Emily says:

    Brandi’s awful, and you like her because she’s given this web site some so-so “exclusives”. Like it’s really hard to believe that a husband we know to be abusive would e-mail her friends and say disparaging things about her?

  17. skuddles says:

    What a pair of idiots.

  18. juju says:

    Loved how Brandi put them all in there place last nite !! I cant stand Taylors fake lips and everything about her makes me sick, her constant crying for attention, and yes she is using her husband’s suicide to make money, pathetic !!!!! then she had the nerve to say she was writing the book so save abused women, really Taylor like your the one person in the world that’s going to make a differance and stop domestic violence, speaking of someone that did go thru that, she would be the least person that I would take advice from !! Team Brandi all the way, brutaly honest but honest, and that’s what I love about her !!!!

  19. Rio says:

    I have no dog in this race (I’ve never seen ANY “Housewives” show), but Holy Hell what is wrong with that woman’s mouth?!

    You’d have an easier time convincing me she’s an alien dressed in a human skin-suit over the idea she thinks that looks normal, much less “hot”.

    • bluhare says:

      I’m breaking my own rule here about commmenting on people’s physical traits, but good lord, look at that last photo. Is her pinky finger really really long?

  20. bitterqueen says:

    Taylor is dull, boring and deceitful -not a good combo for TV especially when you add in her grotesque lips. I think from the very beginning of this show it was always apparent that something was “off” with Taylor, but I don’t think anyone could have predicted what happened last summer. She never brought entertainment value like Brandi, Lisa, or even Kyle and Kim. I don’t understand why she is so sanctimonious about her book, acting as if she will be saving lives. It was interesting to watch the dynamic between Taylor and Kyle…both of them so self-righteous and endlessly irritating. I’m really glad that Brandi is there to say what she said and call bullshit on Kyle and Taylor. I really hope that if she stays on the show she doesn’t become as ridiculous as Kyle, Taylor, or Adrienne are.

  21. dorothy says:

    Gotta say, I love Brandi and her blunt way of telling it like it is. So much nicer than Kyle or Taylor who don’t have the guts to tell people to their face.

  22. Shelly says:

    Love Brandi!!!! She tells the truth. It’s just that most of those women can’t handle the truth (aka Kyle, Kim, Taylor and even Adrienne). Kyle is a complete bitch, Taylor is insane, Kim is insane, and Adrienne needs to grow a pair.

  23. KJ says:

    Ugh, this sucks because I never actually watch any Housewives shows (all those squawking chickenheads make my brain hurt), but just from gossip blogs alone I know aaaalll about this story. It’s atrocious and I think everyone involved, including Bravo, should be ashamed of how nonchalant and public this all is.

    This woman is a victim. There is no doubt about that. No one ever deserves what she went through with her shit excuse of a husband. He sounds like he was an absolutely vile human being.

    But FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, was he even cold yet before she started with the interviews? I know everyone grieves differently but it is so transparent that Taylor Armstrong is trying to ride her grief to the bank. She’s a single mother and probably wants to make sure that she can provide for her and her child. I get that. But aren’t there other ways to famewhore that don’t include constantly talking about Russell? The man was atrociously abusive, mentally disturbed and hung himself. For some reason, reality TV and Bravo just seems ill suited to discuss something so dark. Sit down with Barbara Walters or something. Talking about it on a reality tv reunion show is just gauche and unsettling to me.

  24. Jayna says:

    I can’t stand Taylor. But if I had an abusive husband die a deavd me with lawsuits and huge debt and broke. I might write a book for money. No one is buying her phoney story that she wrote it to help abused women. Saint Taylor. Ha-ha.

    But none of them came off good last night except Camille. And I felt bad for Lisa with all her turncoat friends. Brandy made some really good points, but at other times was crass. The other three have no redeeming qualities in the reunion.

  25. Relli says:

    I am really glad that we have stayed off this topic here because its so sensitive and i have seen on other sites where it gets out of control. CB i accredit that to you because you stated from the very beginning that the whole thing made you uneasy and it would no longer be up for discussion. YOU were totally right.

    With that said I spent many weeks after Russell’s death pouring over articles and videos from all different sources and what i walked away from all of it was this: These were two very dark people in an incredibly toxic relationship who grew tired of living on the outskirts of the good life and started to fake it until they made it. The problem is that they did such a good job of lying that they started to believe it themselves and the facade started to crack and sh*t got very real. All that anger and disappointment doesn’t just go away, it manifests.

    In the end the only people i feel are victimized by all this are Russell’s children, all of them no just Kennedy. They are the ones who will suffer at the hands of this woman listening to the memory of their father be dragged through the mud by this woman. As stated by many of the commenters she is not the first person to survive at the hands of (alleged) abuse and sadly she wont be the last. I never call people liars, but i do think she has fabricated parts of her story and stretched it out as much as she can to benefit her. This is woman who always longed to be rich and famous, she is goign to capitalize on it as long as she can.

    I got in a very interesting discussion with a person on Gawker who posted some information regarding the woman Russell dated before Taylor. The commenter also posted a video made by his sons after he died in which they talk about their father lovingly. The commenter had lost both of their parents to suicide and stated that they felt for these kids because they knew how it felt to have everyone calling someone you love a monster.

  26. Sassy says:

    Taylor is ugly inside and out. Her mouth scares the bejeebus out of me!

  27. jacquie109 says:

    Hey pot, this is kettle, your black.

    Seriously, you can’t call people out for capitalizing on things when you do it too. People can shout its different all they want, but it’s not.

  28. kate says:

    Kaiser, why do do you give attention to this woman(en)? STOP

  29. Onyx XV says:

    And Brandi didn’t exploit her ex-husband’s infidelity to – oh, I don’t know – get a role on a “reality” show? Hmmm….pot, meet kettle.

    • bitterqueen says:

      Except Brandi isn’t going on TV to say that she’s here to save all women from cheating men. And Brandi hasn’t been involved in committing felonies like defrauding and scamming investors out of millions of dollars, like Taylor. She’s also not living way out of her means, (from what I can tell) and putting on airs.

      • bitterqueen says:

        Also, it honestly looks like Taylor only left Russell after it was clear that she could lose her role on real housewives.

      • Vesper says:

        Brandi is in no position to accuse anyone of exploiting their past to feed their own agenda. Like Taylor, Brandi has exploited her marital issues (in this case, her husband’s infidelity) for all it’s worth. Nobody knew who Brandi G. was untii the marriage fell apart. She only got on the show because beyond being a snarky famewhore she showed a talent for creating drama, and keeping it going at all costs (including her childrens’ well being). She continues to use the show to throw jabs at her ex, anything to feed the bitterness and keep the drama going. And while she doesn’t have any felony charges for fraud she does have a DUI, (not sure if it is a felony in the US?) and an obvious problem with alcohol which no doubt will result in more negative consequenes in the near future.

      • Jezi says:

        Actually Vesper no one would know who Brandi was if it wasn’t for her husband’s wandering penis and for Leann’s constant photo ops with Brandi’s husband. And leaked affair btw. So basically according to you, Brandi should’ve kept her mouth shut, let Leann and Eddie control her and bankrupt her and just take it right? She needs to work since her husband likes to be on permanent vacation.

  30. gab says:

    Team Brandi all the way! I hope she is on as a regular next season. She’s great.

  31. sassenach says:

    I don’t really watch the show but I have to say that I like Brandy. Many women in her situation would have been pathetically looking for their next meal ticket or sugar daddy to marry and she seems the complete opposite. She just seems like she wants to make her own money and take care of herself and her boys. I just hope that Eddie and Leann move on and stop the harassment and jealousy.

  32. Jezi says:

    I don’t know about all of you but a woman who used her situation in order to get a job so she could support herself and her children versus a woman who used her husband’s death and supposed and unfounded claims of abuse to make money doesn’t seem equal in my eyes. Hey but that’s just me. And Brandi never claimed to use the show for anything other than a job.

    She barely mentioned her ex on the show because she doesn’t want to be known as Eddie Cibrian’s ex. If you even see her face when either Eddie or Leann is mentioned, it’s not a topic she enjoys talking about.

    • brin says:

      Brandi really has turned a bad situation into something good and most people see her as a down-to-earth person and not some victim. And to have the satisfaction that she is a well known person in her own right is icing on the cake.

      • Vesper says:

        Being on the RHOBH (along with the other Housewife shows) does not make a person well known. With the exception of a very few (e.g. Lisa V.) it makes them into a joke. Someone going nowhere who will never be taken seriously.

    • Asli says:

      She definately is one of the more mature ones on the show. When they were at that white-party and Kim was itching for a fight I was just WAITING for Brandi to knock her out but alas, she didn’t… I don’t know what Kims problem is. Just because Brandi called her out for being high at that kiss-ass Dana’s (that’s my new name for her) party she’s being a total bitch to Brandi. Hey, the truth hurts…

      Also, does anyone else think it’s ironic that Eddie played an adulterer on ”Ugly Betty”. I always wondered how he could be so convincing…

      • Vesper says:

        “… I was just just WAITING for Brandi to knock her out…”

        Please! I’m not sure why some of u see Brandi as a tough girl. She caused problems on game night about an issue that had nothing to do with her. She was just looking to start trouble, it’s not like she actually cared about Kim. When she was called out on her bitchness she broke down into tears. She tried to blame Kim and Kyle for the tears saying they “attacked her babies”, yet she backed down before the boys’ were mentioned. During the next outing, Spa Day, Brandi sulked and then sat outside crying crocodile tears and complaining that nobody was on her side and she felt all alone. A few weeks later, after the evening of wine and belly dancing, the same thing happened. Brandi cried to her friend that she just wanted the ladies to like her. That is NOT someone who is tough, it is someone who pretends to be tough. I suspect whatever small amount of toughness Brandi does display is nothing more than liquid courage.

      • brin says:

        Vesper…glad you are watching the show. You seem to be in the minority, most viewers think Brandi is awesome.

  33. author says:

    i am totally honest I have never ever ever watched this show. But LOL Team Brandi because that girl is hilarious. I like that she was totally hood about slashing the man’s tires and then congenial on telling him about it. She needs to have her own show, this woman is hilarious.

    • Vesper says:

      I believe the slashed tires was the reason the judge orderered that Brandi is not allowed on Eddie and LeAnn’s property. Not sure if there is a restraining order in effect. Just another dumb movie by Brandi.

      • Jezi says:

        Vesper that’s hilarious since Eddie didn’t leave after Brandi kicked him out for months. The tire slashing incident must not have scared him that much since he still stayed in his home with Brandi and slept with her. Brandi moved very far away just to NOT be near Eddie and Leann. Believe me, she doesn’t care about going onto their property. Which was actually Brandi’s neighborhood that Leann moved into. In fact, she doesn’t care about them at all. It seems they care about what she does since Leann stalks Brandi’s every move. I think Brandi needs one against Leann. Wewenlove strike a bell?

      • tonguepainted says:

        Hey Taylor!

      • Jezi says:

        Actually Vesper is a Leann Rimes fan. That’s why she hates Brandi so hard!

  34. Rita says:

    A few months ago Brandi had a couple thousand twitter followers and now she’s over 85,000. When ever she’s on the show her followers increase by over a thousand the next day. On the gossip sites about all the Housewives, Brandi get a lot of support and rave reviews….and these are just ordinary fans….not like that Jezi person (Hi Jezi).

    It seems to me she’s a shoe-in to come back next year full time. I’ll be watching.

    • Jezi says:

      LOL…hey Rita! 😉

      • Maggs says:

        I have to say I didn’t have a twitter account until this morning. After watching Reunion2 last night I looked up how to get a twitter account this morning and signed up with 3 people to follow…Lisa Vanderpump, Brandi Glanville and GSP (George St. Pierre-UFC Fighter) cause he is so pretty to look! Still going to try to figure out how to use Twitter but yeah, loving Lisa and Brandi so thought I’d get on the twitter train and follow them

  35. Bella Bella says:

    Love love love love love Brandi!!!! She’s the new hotness.

  36. Jen34 says:

    Taylor’s face looks like it’s made from Model Magic. It’s painful to look at.

  37. Heidi says:

    Team Brandi
    She’s got everything going for her. Thank God she’s free of that louse named Eddie.

  38. Sasha says:

    Brandi didn’t bring up the Russell email — Taylor ASKED Brandi what her problem was with her & Taylor didn’t like the answer. Tough t!tty said the kitty.

    And you know what? I don’t believe Taylor’s story — obviously that marriage was messed up/dysfunctional BUT the timelines just do NOT add up — she had pictures taken at several public events after Russell allegedly damaged her eye last June & after the alleged jaw dislocation with no swelling or other signs of damage & you can’t cover stuff like that up with make up (There is a good article on DailyBeast going through it all). Furthermore, Taylor plain old does not act like an abused wife — remember that dog Russell got Kennedy for her birthday? Taylor demanded they give it away & he did. Not the dynamic between an abusive husband and his “victim.” Also, no way would an abuser let cameras into his home — NO WAY. Taylor claims he allowed it because he was a narcissist — well, OK, except for the fact that a narcissist would NEVER kill himself. He can’t be a narcissist AND a suicide — it just isn’t possible. IMO, Taylor is a grifter/con artist & she is conning people with this Domestic Abuse story just like she used to con people that she was related to THE Fords of Ford Motors.

    And finally, WTF with her acting like a grieving widow? She & Russell were divorcing when he killed himself and were not even living together. She is all “my husband killed himself” looking for sympathy but she should be saying “my estranged husband killed himself” — but that doesn’t garner as much sympathy does it?

    • Asli says:

      Wow! I didn’t know any of this. Love your reasoning and completely agree! Especially the narcissist-suicide part and the letting cameras into the home. Normally abusers isolate the victim and cuts them off from family and friends (basically the outside world) while implementing themselves as the be-all, end-all of the victims life. Somehow I don’t see Russel doing that… He always seemed like a deer caught in headlights to me.

      • Sasha says:

        Thanks — glad you see the logic in my reasoning. 🙂

        Unfortunately for me, I was married to a narcissistic abuser, so I’ve got first hand experience (and you are 100% correct — he slowly isolated me from friends, family, etc. while telling me that “no one cares about me” but him until one day I looked around and he *was* the only person I had contact with for all intents & purposes), which is why I know the signs. It was years ago & I’m fine now. But I’ll tell you what: the last thing I would have done at the time was tell the world about it by writing a book because the number 1 thing you feel in that situation is shame (right or not, that is how you feel). I wasn’t even telling my mother about it, much less “friends” (or, more accurately, co-workers, which is what these other women are to Taylor). Now, 10 years after the fact (with lots of therapy & family support) sure, I could write about it, but I sure as heck wouldn’t have done that while it was going on.

      • Asli says:

        So glad you’re okay 🙂 I have kind of a second-hand experience with this. My Dad abused my Mom. He isolated her completely and was very violent. Unfortunately, my mom didn’t leave her husband. He left. I think it’s more empowering if the woman leaves and realizes for herself what was wrong in the relationship rather than being left. His mom demanded that he divorce my mom and come live with her. Hah, my mom thought he was working (his job required travelling) until she got the divorce papers in the mail.

    • cbear says:

      I don’t know whether Taylor’s story is true or not – I can’t even speculate, having not been there. But, one thing I can tell you from my experience working in the DV field for 10 years – it is outstanding how abusers follow the exact same pattern with their victims. It’s not called the Cycle of Violence for nothin’. It didn’t matter what the abusers background was: rich vs poor, educated vs uneducated, white collar vs blue collar, etc.,….always the exact same patterns and tactics. There is no freedom for a victim in movement, decision-making, socializing, spending, friend-picking, clothes selection, opinion-expressing, etc. I haven’t followed Taylor’s story too much…so I haven’t really noticed if this type of oppression was showing or not.

      • skilo says:

        No. Taylor showed none of those signs. I was in an abusive relationship for 2 years. I can’t see Taylor as a victim at all I think she is just as guilty in the abuse department as Russel was I think they were in a codependent, dysfunctional relationship. And I really think she has exaggerated the abuse on Russel’s part for sympathy with no regard for his daughter or his other kids well being.

    • Vesper says:

      Sasha, what about the published hospital pic which showed Taylor with a very severe eye injury?

      • Sasha says:

        That picture was after an operation she had on her eye a full 30 days after the alleged injury. How can you be injured so badly that your eye is almost out of your socket (Taylor’s original story) on June 6, have no signs of said injury at several public events immediately thereafter & then, 30 days later have an eye surgery & claim it was related to that injury? I don’t buy it.
        Read the Daily Beast story a poster linked to up top. I don’t buy her story for one second for the SEVERAL reasons I listed.

  39. The.princess.leia says:

    I was totally annoyed with how Kyle jumped in during this exchange. I find especially funny since Taylor had just jumped all over Brandi for jumping in while she was talking with Andy.

    Also the smirk on Kyle’s face after calling Brandi “Angry Spice” (Oooh, Burnnnnnn, Demi, er, Kyle) showed her level intelligence. She actually looked around like ‘Is that not the best insult EVER?’. Oh Kyle, just get off your sanctimonious high horse.

    • Sasha says:

      LMAO! You just know Kyle had been working on that “Angry Spice” line for weeks before the reunion the way she was so proud she got a chance to use it. Of course, when Brandi retorted “And what are you?” Kyle had no answer, because she hadn’t rehearsed anyone standing up to her.

      If for nothing else, I like Brandi for standing up to Kyle & not caring about her “image” or if she’ll get signed on for next season.

  40. anne_000 says:

    Taylor said her solution to DV was to get on a reality tv show. Uh… I don’t know how this solution is going to work for anybody else.

    She said she’s been working with a DV center since 2004. But apparently, she made no real use of it, since I doubt that ‘get on a reality tv show’ would have been advised by any professional DV counselor.

  41. Francesca says:

    Kyle IS angry spice! ha ha Brandi wins again.

    And yes, Taylor needs to move in with her shrink and stay there. Who in their right mind goes on TV days after a family member dies and SMILES and gets her hair done etc. Oh, yes, I know, Casey Anthony… yes, yes, totally f-ed up people do that. Way to go Taylor

  42. marisa says:

    Love Brandi. That’s all I have to say.

  43. Chrissy says: I went from thinking she was beyond trashy to realizing she’s the only one who is totally honest within the group. She was right on with regard to Taylor. I used to really like Kyle and defended her last year but there is NO DOUBT in my mind that she really is a “mean girl”. I felt terrible for Lisa during the reunion because it looked like she was genuinely hurt by the meanness coming from the ladies, especially Kyle. It seemed like they were really close once and that Lisa was surprised by how nasty Kyle was being to her. I hope Brandi stays on the show. Taylor definitely needs to go elsewhere.

  44. Lola6 says:

    I just love Brandi! Unlike the rest of the women, she keeps it real.

  45. Kelly says:

    Love Brandi

  46. Zoe says:

    Enough fake hair and lips to start a wax museum. Do people really think they look attractive? Taylor is exaggerating. Throwing her dead husband under the bus, for attention and pity.

  47. nina says:

    ANGRY SPICE? That’s her comeback….ANGRY SPICE? What a dork and she apparently has as many brain cells as her relative Paris Hilton.

    My god, what a bunch of idiots. But at least Brandi is entertaining and a bit more quick on her feet verbally than the rest of the old bats.

  48. sean says:

    Live Brandi. Honest , funny & bangin body.

  49. LAK says:

    Taylor has lied so many times and been caught out in those lies, it’s hard to believe her now.

    Also, as she volunteers at that DV shelter, shouldn’t she have asked them for help rather than ‘go on TV so her so-called abuser wouldn’t kill her?’

    Finally, what kind of dirt does she have on Kyle? Kyle is prepared to defend her no matter what, even throw her former friend Lisa under the bus.

  50. Heidi says:

    Brandi might be too honest for Hollywood politics and the movers & shakers of it. It appears that in Kyle’s mind she is important by virtue of her sister being married to a Hilton. And it just may give her the clout she needs

    Good things will work out for Brandi either way.

  51. skilo says:

    I know that this is off topic but I would love to see Brandi get on Dancing with the Stars I think she’d rock it. We should all campaign to get her on there. I remember reading somewhere that she said she’d love to do it and then afterwards Leann (swf) said she’d been asked to but turned it down. (which I do not believe)

  52. Stubbylove says:

    I’m no fan of any of these chicks – except Lisa – I really like Lisa. It’s all pure mindless entertainment. I did like the way Brandi stood up for herself and wouldn’t let LIPS manipulate her. The best was when she called Taylor “Oklahoma”. Brandi is at least funny – Taylor is complete idiot and it has been a “hot minute” – I would be horrified if my mom did what she did. And screw Kyle – she’s a control-freak bitch.

  53. Crystal says:

    Taylor is a manipulative witch. I’m still not sure if Russell abused her, but her own shady past speaks for itself. Check out the Daily Beast’s recent piece questioning the timing of several of Taylor’s most serious abuse allegations:

    The most damning revelation was that the black eye in the “abuse photo” that Taylor circulated right after Russell’s death WAS NOT CAUSED BY RUSSELL. It was the result of an eye surgery. And Taylor admits that the alleged punch–which she claims was delivered by Russell and almost made her lose her eye, thereby necessitating the surgery–did not leave any bruises. WTF?

  54. Bella Bella says:

    If you really want to be sick to your stomach over Taylor “I pretend to be related to the Ford Automobile Family and lied about A. Maloof being my daughter’s Godmother” then read the Taylor time lines at stoopidhousewives:

  55. Kine says:

    We dont know nothing at all. So why should we jugd Taylor? Its a tv-show, and we have not Been There all the time. Give her a break