Playing with Reality: The Truth is Ticking for Taylor Armstrong

TELEVISION OPINION: Playing With Reality. Character used to be who you were when no one was looking. Now it’s only what you portray when you’re being watched. People change when they know eyes are on them. A new series takes a look at people who seem to live for an audience.

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Author’s note: As a survivor of domestic violence, I have never questioned another woman’s claims of abuse. However, in this case, it is impossible not to do so. Ms. Armstrong has a history of perpetrating fraud, has been caught in numerous lies, and has told glaringly ridiculous tall tales about this situation with obviously false details that change almost daily. To not question her claims would be to stick my head in the sand and completely relinquish all critical thinking skills that I possess as a human being. I may as well just turn over my purse and bank account to her if I am going to do that. And as you can tell from this article, that will not be happening any time soon.

As the Internet meme goes, Something in the milk ain’t clean.

Taylor Armstrong, of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, has been on one impressive press junket as of late, promoting her tell-all book Hiding From Reality, in which she basically crucifies her husband Russell Armstrong, who killed himself (or did he?) around approx. August 13, 2011  - his body was found August 15, 2011 (Note: thanks for asking me to clarify this -CB). RadarOnline announced on September 3, 2011, that she had signed the deal for this book, and for that reason, among many, many others – most of which are Taylor’s own stories not matching up – there are many viewers of the show that doubt Taylor’s claims of abuse, and feel that if there was abuse in the relationship, the victim may have actually been Russell Armstrong. 

Much has been made of the only piece of evidence of abuse Taylor is able to present, which would be the infamous black eye photos that she sold to Entertainment Tonight immediately after Russell’s death (when he was unable to protest their validity?) These photos are in question for the following reasons:

Originally, she presented the black-eye photographs to ET as being the result of Russell striking her. However, in more recent interviews, she has been forced to state that these images were bruising because of her surgery due to the orbital collapse.  So which is it? It is, of course, due to something other than Russell striking her, as the timeline does not add up. During the period when Russell allegedly struck Taylor, she made many public appearances without a black eye. 

Why, then, did she show up at SUR with a black eye as “proof” that she was being abused, attempting to pass this off as being the same injury? She actually never came out at that point and said, “Russell hit me.” She said, “Russell and I had an argument and it got physical and I got hurt.” The timing of the SUR episode is pretty important, and it does NOT match up at all to when Taylor says Russell threw the “roundhouse punch” that allegedly caused this orbital collapse. The bruising would, however, coincide with her surgery, which she conveniently does not mention. The only record Taylor posted online was a CT scan report by a radiologist, for a CT scan taken June 22. Her book, however, states she had an MRI scan on June 26. Again, things don’t match up. Interestingly, the CT report she posted did not have a recommendation in it for surgery; it listed no recommendations at all and was merely a report on the scan, and stated not a “collapse”, but a 4mm depression.

During Season Two, Russell Armstrong sent an email out to Lisa, as well as a couple of the other ladies, that contained a magazine cover with Taylor and the lede, “I TOOK IT TOO FAR”. The article contained within spoke of how Taylor had an “event” and had been taking diet pills to whittle away her already extremely thin figure. Russell sent the email to defend Taylor against remarks about how thin she was, apparently wanting to prove she had intended to be so thin, and that it was not a result of their relationship problems as everyone was assuming (partly because of Taylor, of which Russell was unaware). During the Second season, Taylor’s behavior is very erratic and she is very moody – hell, let’s face it, she’s a powder keg ready to blow at any moment – and her swings in mood, loss of weight, etc, could be signs of hypoglycemia, or just plain not eating. Her hair is also extremely thin. Thinning hair is a symptom of malnutrition. So are fragile bones.

Also in the second season of the series, Taylor goes to see Dr. Paul Nassif for filler injections to fill out the deep hollows in her face at her temples, cheeks and jaw. She has done interviews with Andy Cohen of Bravo speaking about her heavy Botox use and joking about how she cannot move her forehead and must open her mouth in an exaggerated fashion to express a look of surprise when she feels that emotion, as she cannot express it using her frozen forehead. So she is obviously 1)a heavy Botox and filler user and 2)so dangerously thin that her face is hollowed out to the point of unattractiveness and has to be cosmetically altered in order to look somewhat normal. (see picture below for a good shot of her concave cheekbones)

So why would the issues of bone fragility and Botox be so important? As it turns out, an orbital collapse can be caused by too much Botox, a sinus infection, or even a sneeze (imagine that – a forceful sneeze, and fragile bones.) And while rare, orbital blowouts do occur from a condition caused by a reaction to the toxin in Botox. Called “Silent Sinus Syndrome“, it is a rare presentation after Botulinum Toxin Injection:

Silent sinus syndrome is a unique diagnosis characterized by spontaneous enophthalmos and hypoglobus resulting from collapse of the orbital floor secondary to chronic subclinical sinusitis. Although reported in the ophthalmology and otolaryngology literature, there is no mention of silent sinus syndrome in the plastic surgery literature. The authors present a case report, along with a brief overview of silent sinus syndrome, so that knowledge of this rare but potentially devastating clinical entity may supplement plastic surgeons’ differential to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.

A chronic sinusitis infection can spread to the eye socket, causing an orbital blowout, reduced vision, and even permanent blindness. Additionally, anorectics are known to break bones easily due to malnutrition. And apparently, under the right conditions, even something as simple as a forceful sneeze can cause an orbital floor collapse.

If this is not enough, consider:

Taylor has stated that she has given Russell’s sons each a suit of their father’s and is making them a scrapbook. Russell’s first wife Barbara has stated publicly that Taylor has done no such thing. 

Taylor states that she is in contact with Russell’s father and that they exchange letters. To date, the elder Mr. Armstrong has not heard one word from her.

She has stated that there was a suitcase by Russell’s body with “all sorts of papers I’m afraid to touch lest I be sued for them”. There is nothing on the coroner’s report to indicate any such suitcase ever existed or was found near Russell’s body.

Originally the story Taylor told during the Housewives reunion regarding Russell knocking out Taylor’s friend’s teeth was told to Radar, and in that version the friend was a business associate of Russell’s, and the man needed all new teeth and mouth reconstruction; in the new version, he needs new veneers, he is Taylor’s friend, and it takes place near a pool with another friend of Taylor’s and two dogs present, along with a lot more drama (including “drownding” and pit bulls who “can’t swim” – pit bulls actually can swim and do not “sink to the bottom of the pool like a brick” as Taylor asserts in her book.) Also, that entire pool fight story was pretty unbelievable anyway. At the link, you can read an excerpt from her book describing this incident as compared to how she described it at the Housewives reunion. In the book, she says her friend Jennifer talked to the police, stating that Russell tried to kill Taylor. If this is true, why is there no police report, and why did the police do nothing? It does not matter if Taylor asked the injured man not to press charges, it does not matter if Taylor asked the police not to press charges on her behalf. When there is a domestic disturbance, especially one with injuries, there is most certainly a report and someone has to go to jail. This is the law, and is such because most abuse victims are too afraid of their abusers to press charges, or to even tell police they have been abused for fear of retribution. Police therefore determine who is at fault and someone is going to the pokey, if there has been an assault. So why did they not at least track Russell down and make a report?

Taylor repeatedly says that she left Russell, and says that her book is to help others to “get the courage to leave” like she did – but Russell left her. She even states this herself on the episode A Day Late, An Apology Short (<-WATCH NOW)”. How many abusers willingly leave their homes when their victims request they do so? During the same episode she says they will co-parent. Why would she not seek sole custody of her child? Why would she allow an abuser to co-parent a five year old child?

She states repeatedly that she did not leave the relationship for financial reasons, and that she was financially abused. But of all the Housewives, it is Taylor that is seen spending the most frivolously. She insists she never had access to bank accounts and never even dared to ask Russell about finances, so as not to seem like a golddigger, but had no problem crowing about how she married Russell because he was “richer than Texas” on television. She never seemed to have a problem funding her shopping sprees, purchasing Barbie diamond necklaces for all twenty-five of her daughter’s $60K birthday party guests, as well as making sure to get a $4K rock for herself while she had the card out.  (Yet oddly, for daughter Kennedy’s fifth birthday, while Taylor spent thousands for her daughter’s cake, and tens of thousands for her party, it was also the birthday of one of Russell’s sons. She got him a $15 cake from Costco, and his birthday was never acknowledged by the band there to sing a special birthday song to Kennedy, who also got a horse to ride for her Western themed shindig.)

Taylor’s resume also lists impressive degrees, and businesses she owns include a chocolatier and a greeting card company. In fact, she bragged at one point on camera to Linda Thompson that her wedding invitations were printed by her own company. This is a woman who was at a loss financially? A woman who was a SAP consultant for large Fortune 500 firms? A woman who owned several companies and was a Creative Director for BeautyTicket.com, for which she was nominated a Women in Business Award? A woman involved in philanthropic work? This clearly professional woman had no career prospects whatsoever to support herself and her child? How does this happen? She attempts to explain this in an interview with Fox Financial News, but as usual, says a lot of words without really saying much of anything, except “I didn’t know anything, I was controlled, I was a robot, I am from the moon, I speak with a moon accent.”

Although… in this interview, she does say, “I get a lot of letters from all over the world, from a lot of women all the time, you know, and they’re always asking me…”

Really? Since February 7, 2012, when your book came out, you get lots of letters from all over the world with women ALWAYS asking you?

Wow. That is some amazing hyperbole. I must say I am impressed. Is that Elliott Mintz? That sounds like one of Mintz’s. Who’s baby is that? I’ll buy that. What’s your angle?

Give me a break.

This article could continue to outline Ms. Armstrong’s many falsehoods, untruths, and flat-out lies, but the Internet is only so big, and there is only so much room allotted here. 

The real question is not, is Taylor Armstrong telling the truth? About what, exactly? Did she say water is wet? That is true. I won’t argue that point with her. The real question is, what does Taylor Armstrong have to gain by discrediting the memory of her deceased husband, causing his surviving children, family, and friends unimaginable pain, and basically mocking the plight of victims of domestic violence everywhere? And what was this bullshit about “I just want everyone who is abused to know that you can live in Beverly Hills like me?” at the battered woman shelter in the first season, how do we assimilate that message NOW, Shana, er, I mean, Taylor? You were also a pharm rep, Taylor. You could easily have gone back to work for Pfizer with your little flight attendant suitcase full of samples to support you and your daughter. That is not a job to sneeze at – ooh, sorry, sneezing is a sensitive topic, isn’t it? I don’t want to give anybody flashbacks or anything.

Oh, the questions, the questions. Is this all just to avoid the repercussions of the current pending lawsuit against her by MyMedicalRecords.com? Is it a ploy for an extension of her fifteen minutes? Is this woman sincerely as sociopathic and narcissistic as she appears, or is she just trying really, really hard to come across that way? Is she mentally ill? Has she ever cooked anything in her life for that child? Couldn’t she have cut costs by not having an assistant if she needed to leave and was worried about finances? Maybe stopped getting her highlights and extensions done? Sorta, you know, cut back, like other moms do? Maybe, heaven forbid, go without? Some moms in the real world do that when they have to.

Kind of reminds me of what Randy Newman said when he saw Linda Rondstat in the audience of one of his shows.

“Some people only have one house, Linda.”

I can joke about this, because I have a black, dark sense of humour, but the truth is, I’m joking about excess. There are a few things that are not and will never be funny here. One is that Russell Armstrong is dead. Two is that Kennedy Armstrong is being made to sit at book readings and hear her father denigrated. Three is that Russell’s other two children whom I will not name so as to provide them their privacy which they deserve are being made to suffer even more than they already are with the loss of their father by being forced to bear this character assassination of the man they love. Four is that these children will grow up and never know their dad, and Five is that there are so many people that judge Russell Armstrong without even knowing him, that go only by what they read and by what they are led to believe by Bravo’s editors, Russell’s shyness on camera, and Taylor’s aforementioned hyperbole and half-truths.

Is it possible that she and Russell had a few knock-down drag outs that she told the ladies about, left out her part of them, and painted herself into a corner with this abuse storyline with Bravo? Could she be feeling tremendous guilt right now? What reason(s) would Taylor have to lie?

And is she able to lie to herself?

(If I have made any factual mistakes kindly correct them with proof in the comments and I will make the correction. Thank you. – CB)

ETSA:

Information for this article was culled from a GREAT many sources, including but not limited to: The Daily Beast, The Chirping Twit, RealityTea, StoopidHousewives.com, The Voice of Russell Armstrong, Randy Edwards, The First and Second Season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, YouTube, TubePlus, GorillaVid, Daily Mail, CelebBuzz, RadarOnline, HLN, FOX News, Google Search, Google Images, The Flintstones (!), The Dr. Phil Show, The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills Season Two Reunion, Watch What Happens Live (from memory), and my own conclusions. Some jokes have been appropriated from the animated shows The Flintstones and Family Guy for the purposes of satire(!), using artistic license. This is a creative work and as such constitutes Fair Use. Thank you to all sources for the information – wait, if I thank all sources for the information that eventually goes back to the original source of the information which is Taylor Armstrong as she is a public figure and I don’t believe that you can copyright information about a public figure, though you can copyright your original presentation of it. But thank you anyway. I have always wanted to thank Fred Flintstone for something. I keed, I keed. Seriously, thank you to all sources – I thought that would have gone without saying since we are all in search of the same thing – truth – and this is the internet, where “information wants to be free” and all that. Sorry I don’t have footnotes, but the dog ate my notecards*

*This is not actually true.

Okay, I did it. We get Russell back now, right?

Coming Soon: Claire Brando Interviews Randy Edwards

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55 Responses to “Playing with Reality: The Truth is Ticking for Taylor Armstrong”
  1. SH Reader says:

    Good for you for exposing the lies and inconsistencies in Shana/Taylor’s story. However, it’s clear that you gathered some of your info from stoopidhousewives.com (particularly, the reference to botox as a cause of an orbital floor collapse). Please give credit where credit is due.

  2. didipie says:

    WOW this is so well written. You really nailed this. Thank you so much for keeping us up to date on this sad situation.The season has ended but we must not let her think she can continue lying and hurting people ♥¸¸.•*¨*♥

  3. Ellijule says:

    Excellent article!! At SH reader back off SH is not the only, or original site that has been looking into Shana. When you say it is “Clear” info was taken from the SH site…what info?? Idiot

  4. SH Reader says:

    @ Ellijule. If you took the time to actually look at the SH site, you would have discovered that the conversation re: botox & orbital floor collapse was discussed on SH just recently – as in 2 days ago. It could be a ‘coincidence’ but I highly doubt it. It’s a ‘rare’ condition, and there isn’t much literature about it so it’s unlikely that Claire (the author of this article) stumbled to the same conclusion without reading it elsewhere. Call me whatever you need to. I’m only interested in the truth and glad that Claire took the time to write what she did. Have a nice day!

  5. NeverLieToMe says:

    Excellent summary and exposure of why so so so many viewers instantly see through the inconsistencies, and gaping holes in the stories she tells. For her to gain fame and “fortune” through her sociopathic, pathological lying is really disgusting. I’ve heard she started her own foundation and the charitable percentage of her book is going there where she can scoop it up as payment for her time as the Executive Director.

    Russell’s body was found on Aug 15th, not 13th, but that could be a typo in your article.

  6. Sharon says:

    Many of us have our own timelines, I won’t argue about that. To see the mymedicalrecords.com court documents, go to absurdtosublime.net. Robert Lorsch, President and CEO, makes a strong case for why he is proceeding with the lawsuit despite Russell’s death.

  7. YouDontSay says:

    SH Reader
    February 19, 2012 at 11:36 am

    @ Ellijule. If you took the time to actually look at the SH site, you would have discovered that the conversation re: botox & orbital floor collapse was discussed on SH just recently – as in 2 days ago. It could be a ‘coincidence’ but I highly doubt it. It’s a ‘rare’ condition, and there isn’t much literature about it so it’s unlikely that Claire (the author of this article) stumbled to the same conclusion without reading it elsewhere. Call me whatever you need to. I’m only interested in the truth and glad that Claire took the time to write what she did. Have a nice day!
    ___________________

    Very interesting–did you get a screen shot of that? Do you have a link? I think we need to ask the person to oome over here and comment and sit under the bright lights and swear that they were the original person to come up with it.

    What exactly would that say about the medical condition if only ONE person came up with it?

  8. SH Reader says:

    Here’s a link to the conversation a few days ago on SH: http://stoopidhousewives.com/2012/02/17/taylor-armstrong-shana-says-no-therapy-sessions-being-taped-lets-look-video/#comments
    It’s starts about 1/3 of the way down by a poster named Dubbalicious. If you want to discuss it further, come on over to SH but understand that we are nice and do not attack one another.

  9. YouDontSay says:

    SH Reader

    I don’t mean to offend but its frustrating that these things even come up and ruins the enjoyment of the article for everyone.

  10. rabblerouser2010R says:

    Dear SH reader,

    I tweeted Chrip about the SSS and orbital blow outs.

    I first read about it on Lynn Chicago’s site- DAYS AGO A user there said they read it on Amazon. It seems like the originator of that comment is also another regular on Lynn’s site. I couldn’t tell if they also post on SH with a different moniker or not.

    But the SH site is not the center of everyone universe. People who read that site, also lurk or post on other sites. I find it kind of presumption to assume that everything related to Taylor Armstrong or other housewife’s is taken or borrowed from there.

  11. rabblerouser2010R says:

    After doing some digging, KuKulet does on BOTH sites. The comment was made on MORE THAN ONE SITE.

    Shouldn’t the comment be accredited to the COMMENTATOR and not the site they post on?

    I’m not trying to argue with anyone, but IMO going around to several websites claiming some of them are stealing idea’s or content comes across as bit paranoid and self serving.

    For example, more than one society can make the claim they ‘invented’ the boat. Just as more than one person can share and idea or have access to a google search and come to the same conclusion.

  12. ellijule says:

    In relation to SSS it has been discussed as a possibity since the photos of her eye along with her explanation for her injury came out. Plus we all know Taylor loves her plastic surgery. SSS is getting more attention now that Taylor’s book is out. Sh seems to think she deserves some kind of credit for all things Taylor Armstrong and that is not the case. People are capable of researching Taylor and writing about her, and do not need any kind of assistance from SH that is all I’m saying.

  13. ellijule says:

    Is Taylor Armstrong tweeting herself the day after Valentine’s Day, thanking herself for last night? Posted Feb 16 on Taylor’s twitter.

    Taylor Armstrong @TaylorArmstrong Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Thank you for everything last night! XOXO

  14. ellijule says:

    Is Taylor Armstrong tweeting herself the day after Valentine’s Day, thanking herself for last night? Posted Feb 16 on Taylor’s twitter.

    Taylor Armstrong @TaylorArmstrong Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Thank you for everything last night! XOXO

  15. guest says:

    Hmmm, how am i posting as this person, the information is already filled out and I am posting as a guest???? I am not ellijule, sorry for the post coming up as you,

  16. ellijule says:

    YIkes, how do I have ellijule and their email addy in my info window ??????? I am not this person and was trying to post as a guest!!!

    Something is wrong with this. ellijule, your info is in my information bar along with you email addy. I was trying to post as a guest to this site. Tried to change it and the info comes back on my computer as you!

  17. ClaireBrando says:

    A variety of sources were used for this article, many of them are linked such as the timelines. It should be fairly obvious from the linking of the timelines that one of the sites where the information was gathered was SH. However, because the point of this article is justice for Russell Armstrong, it was at the time more important to get the article posted that to do two thousand footnotes for every single bit of information noted here. I got much information from YouTube and other video sources as well as overseas papers, other blogs, other commenters, Twitter, Randy Edwards,and my own conclusions, as well as Diane Dimond’s article in the Beast. Also, credit was given to SH when I passed along the info about the rare presentation from Botox Overload to Diane Dimond this weekend – she is aware that it did not originate from me but from other sites including SH – actually from the commenter Dubbalicious, who is not affiliated with any blog to my knowledge. I think more people are concerned with the fact that a man has died, and his family including children are being hurt by his character being assassinated. The funny thing is, however, while I gathered info from SH, I actually did locate the same link on my own while researching this article. I still gave credit to the commenter when I passed the info along to Diane so she would know I was not the only person on the net who was capable of using Google. (Not to diminish the resourcefulness of the original commenter who posted about the orbital floor collapse, but to point out the ridiculousness of this argument. This information is not locked up in Fort Knox.)

  18. ClaireBrando says:

    For some reason this site is prefilling the form – it is doing that to me as well, however I am also getting a box beneath it where I am logged in to comment. I have no idea what is up with that, but don’t panic – your info is not compromised, I’d say just clear your cookies for this site and if it persists just ID yourself with a username in your comment – all posting should know from this comment that the site is having a tech glitch. Sorry about that.

  19. rabblerouser2010R says:

    Thank you Claire for a well written article; one that balanced humor with a sensitive issue. That is a testament to your skill.

  20. Kukulet says:

    Okay, I’ll jump in.

    I made the comment about Botox/sinusitis/SSS in the reviews section Amazon. Near as I can tell, someone quoted my comment on Lynn’s blog. Someone else made a similar post on SH…using virtually the same wording I did in my original comment, so I think they may have stumbled across my Amazon comment via Google. I think that was how it went, I could be wrong. I’m sure I’m not the only person who discovered the info about Botox and orbital floor collapse.

    I don’t care if someone quoted me without citing the quote. They’re just comments on a blog. The important thing, to me, is that the info gets added to the Shana timelines, because it points to her credibility.

    The information was significant because an orbital floor collapse caused either by a chronic sinus infection or SSS (however it goes)can result from the use of Botox and leaves no bruising. Significant because an external blow is NOT the only way one can suffer an orbital floor blowout.

    Significant, to me, because if Russell Armstrong wasn’t the abusive monster his wife has made him out to be, then he doesn’t deserve to be remembered that way. There are enough real monsters in the world. No guy deserves to be tagged with that label if it isn’t true.

  21. Slash's Hat says:

    I’d like to hear more details RE: ‘Adrienne is Kennedy’s Godmother’. I was mezmerized watching her attempt to ‘work’ Adrienne & wear her down when shown the ‘lost; footage at the end of S2. She truly is a sociopath

  22. Just Kelly says:

    Thank you… I do hope more responsible journalist, bloggers and networks follow suit with your lead. This woman is dangerous in my book. When I heard she actually had Kennedy adding red hearts to the books at the autograph signing in New Jersey, I knew she was a sociopath. That is sick…Yet, she has stated on many occasions that Kennedy knows nothing about it?? Don’t even get me started on the pool fight…That was a joke! Pit Bulls can’t swim, and Russell has super human strength ~ Noted. ha! Not forgetting to mention, veneer’s in Beverly Hills start around $3500-$4000 a tooth. If Russell knocked out 5 teeth the bill would have been a hell of alot more than $10k….Remember, these were also the people trying to save her, but didn’t press charges? hmmm. She also claimed their relationship was 80% business, yet she knew nothing about his business dealings? All you have to do there is look at season 1 where she confronts him at a restaurant while having dinner about his investment of $10 million into one of his former girlfriends (yes, it was one of his ex’s) companies. She did not like the fact she had to read about it instead of him telling her. But again, she was always kept in the dark, right? ha! Moving on to the Brazil company she claims she knew nothing about… Hell, she personally hosted a cocktail party attended by many to gain investors for the Brazil office!… She may have a selective memory, but those she has tried to defraud do not, and they are coming after her in court. Now, THAT is something I would love to watch! She also has said on numerous interviews including the one last week with Wendy Williams, that Russell told her there was a $14 million dollar trust that she would receive if anything ever happened to him. AFTER his death was when she claims she found out that it didn’t exist. Ummm, I see 14 million reasons for motive right there…I could go on and on. This woman does not surprise me with anything that exits her mouth…Thank you again for writing this ~ And guy’s, no need to be so demanding with who wrote what??? She clearly states if there was a mistake to please let her know in the comments. We are all here for the same purpose, THE TRUTH. Blog bashers need to chill out and show some respect.

  23. SH Reader says:

    Claire, Again, I appreciate what you did and what you wrote and hope that Diane runs with the info that you gave her. Unfortunately, it’s going to take more than an article in the Beast to expose Shana/Taylor for who she is. I typically do not post on blogs, and I’m fairly new to SH. It was not my intent to bash your blog so please accept my apologies. As sarcastic and funny as it is, I’m sure that SH, et al appreciate that you have acknowledged the sources for your article – particularly the botox theory. :-) Like you, I’m interested in knowing the truth and, more importantly, I’m concerned about the welfare of Kennedy and Russell’s other children. I sincerely hope that you continue exposing Taylor Armstrong and have success getting this story on the desk of a major news agency. All the best/SH Reader

  24. Ginger says:

    The timelines have been all over the net long before SH posted hers, as a matter of fact, that timeline was written on a small forum, contributed to by MANY, and then claimed and given to SH by ONE poster who felt they did the most work, and may have, with compiling, but certainly not with finding all of it.

    As for the Orbital floor and sneezing? That was posted all over the place too, including on Survivor Sucks at least two weeks ago. Posters go from site to site and share information, and saying someone “owns” it is stupid.

    That said, wonderful article here, and thanks so much for writing it!

  25. jenn says:

    Im so glad you brought up the point about taylor being an EDUCATED business woman. What do you mean you couldn’t get out? Youre parents live in Orange county. You had the money from the show and the ability to divorce Russell take half of whatever he “had” and start a new life. She didn’t want to. Sorry, couldnt have been THAT bad then. Also, you have a 14 million dollar trust and you are RENTING your house. Give me a break.

  26. Ginger says:

    Taylor was a thirty five year old woman when she got pregnant in order to convince Russell to marry her.

    It’s not like she was some housewife who married right out of college or high school. Also, first season she kept saying that she worked WITH Russell and their marriage was more of a business relationship than a love match.

    So how the heck is she getting away with playing some innocent duped damsel here? One who worked with abused women (and probably stole all of their stories) and had wealthy friends offering her a place to stay.

    She was a deep into the cons as Russell. I hope the attorneys for the people THEY scammed rip her ridiculous stories apart in court.

  27. vlas says:

    @YOUDONTSAY
    your first comment made me laugh clearly she didn’t get your sarcasm. brainwashed.

  28. Sapphire says:

    Oh how I wish that Diane Dimond would write a book exposing this HORRIBLE woman for what she is.
    I too, have experienced DV and worked with many women who were abused as well. One was found nude, smeared with feces, beaten to death with a flashlight, clumps of her hair had been pulled out by her “LOVER.” Compare that to a slight discoloration under “Taylor’s” eye that could VERY possibly come from the injection of fillers such as Restalyne of Juvederm, commonly done to fill in undereye hollows.
    DV is a sick, demented, unevolved behavior practiced by Neanderthals who have no place in society.

  29. Waves says:

    I completely agree with everything you have written, Claire, and it starts at the very beginning: our similar, sad histories. 34 years ago, I left a violently abusive marriage, and I have the physical and deeply ingrained emotional scars which will remain with me for the rest of my life. Domestic violence is an issue I take seriously because it has been a disgusting truth in societies around the earth for many centuries, and tragically, it continues its ugly scourge today.

    I am furious about what Shana Hughes Taylor Sipes Ford Armstrong has put forth in the public domain: print, internet, reality show, and countless interviews, which will plague all 3 of Russell’s minor children throughout their lives. It is repugnant that in addition to their father’s suicide, they must contend with this, too. All of Ms. Armstrong’s well-documented inconsistencies and lies are glaringly apparent in the extensive timeline that was shown for the first time on the Stoopidhousewives.com site.

    Most likely, there was a volatile situation between Russell and his estranged wife. Given the ample evidence of Shana/Taylor’s strongly aggressive actions, both physically and verbally, captured forever in the RHOBH shows, the likelihood is that both Russell and Shana/Taylor participated in toxic verbal grenades fired at each other, and other aggressive actions within their house. I know I wasn’t there, and every situation is unique, but the facts simply do not add up.

    Thank-you for your work on this piece, Claire. I imagine that there will be individuals who take issue with your well-expressed doubts re: Shana/Taylor. However, as another survivor of domestic violence, I stand solidly beside you, and really salute you for your honesty.

  30. ugh says:

    Omg shut up about stoopidhousewives, you dont have a copyright on Taylors scams and thats NOT the first or only website to put her lies together. The commenters at that website take it to a whole new level of OBSESSION trying to expose this woman. Its actually really sick.

  31. JustMe says:

    When I first read the about the whole birthday fiasco my heart was broken. How evil and cruel can someone be to do this to a child. My heart breaks for Russell’s children.
    Also, giving the boys their fathers suits?, really??? It is a slap in the face. People normally donate clothes to charitable organizations. What does this say about how Taylor feels towards his sons. Why not give them something that can be cherished for a lifetime. A watch, a favorite book or ask them if there is something that was important to them that they would like to have.
    You asked in your article if Taylor was feeling tremendous guilt right now. The answer is NO, sociopaths don’t feel guilt.

  32. JustMe says:

    When I first read the about the whole birthday fiasco my heart was broken. How evil and cruel can someone be to do this to a child. My heart breaks for Russell’s children.
    Also, giving the boys their fathers suits?, really??? It is a slap in the face. People normally donate clothes to charitable organizations. What does this say about how Taylor feels towards his sons. Why not give them something that can be cherished for a lifetime. A watch, a favorite book or ask them if there is something that was important to them that they would like to have.
    You asked in your article if Taylor was feeling tremendous guilt right now. The answer is NO, sociopaths don’t feel guilt.

  33. That is not A SH READER that is tweeter @stoopidhsewives formerly known as Wax Diva says:

    Dear blogger,
    Great Job! You know what I would like to know? Traylor says she put a side a suit for each son.. What is she going to do with the rest of Russel’s suits? Now lets address the elephant in the room,which is the stoopidhousewives blogger.

    She is off her damn rocker. That is not a SH reader. That is SH. No one would make an azz out of their self and demand someone credit SH for something when in fact she is known to do that. IF it’s not her then it’s her troll Becky whom she has tweet for her and them two don’t communicate which one of them will tweet something to someone and that someone will answer and when the other personality comes on, that person gets yelled at for saying what ever they were asked. All because that Nut Jub SH is so worried about someone using a sentence from her blog that she and her so called IT person and guinea pig Becky don’t communicate and it’s laughable because if you look at the threads, you can see what a whack job she is. Here is an example (verbatim)

    @123 Hey SH Omg lol this person said the exact same thing as you did did one of you two copy each other.

    @NutJob Uh, who’s copying SH?

    @123 The person I just said.

    @NutJOb What are you talking about?

    @123 Um, I just answered your question.

    @NutJob Oh, what else is new.

    We all just thought she was psycho, which she is, then one person stuck up for her whom she later blocked because her IT person told her to because it’s obvious SH don’t have a mind of he own, but the person who always tweeted her blogs and supported her said it’s probably her assistant tweeting for her. Good friend SH. You crazy azz fool.

    This nut job SH got mad because one person out of millions wanted to expose Taylor for the lying “#$% ” what she is and tweeted people like CNN or something. Can’t remember exactly. SH thought she was the only one in the world that covered the TaylorGate. So SH harassed this tweeter with her many personalities demanding to know what she was talking about etc. AND TO BE SURE TO CREDIT SH. CRAZY AZZ !@# I KNOW. To make the long story short. Nut Job SH had many loyal readers, a blogger even did a story about about another blogger messing with SH. LATER SH EVEN THANKED THIS BLOGGER AND even showed emails FROM THIS BLOGGER THEY CALLED OUT ON SH SITE. GET THIS, I GUESS SH TOOK THE BLOGGER OFF HER BLOG ROLL EVEN AFTER DEFENDING THE BLOGGER BECAUSE OF THE NAME OF THE BLOG. I DON’T EVEN THINK THE BLOGGER KNOWS, BUT I FIND IT FUNNY THAT SH THANKS HER PUBLICLY PUTS HER ON HER BLOG ROLL AND DUMPS HER ALL BECAUSE SH DON’T HAVE A MIND OF HER OWN, OR DOES SHE HAVE TOO MANY MINDS OF HER OWN. SORRY ALL CAPS ON.
    AFTER SH threw HER Sissy Fit, yes SISSY fit because she thinks she is the only one who covers Taylor and went on a blocking roll, sending in-coherent emails and DM’s explaining that her new IT guy had her block people, wouldn’t you know two OTHER bloggers who she blocked,NUT JOB SH had the nerve to ask them to post the post she had taken down? LMAO CRAZY ALERT.
    SH, if you don’t stop your bullying, demanding stuff off people like you did above, a blog is going to come out about you and all your emails and DM’s you sent people. You did it to a blogger showed emails, you will be treated how you are treating people. I suggest you calm your crazy azz down and take your Prozac. This blogger didn’t even have to credit anyone. You would of had no proof she looked this up so Stop your bull crap and quit acting like your a fan of your own site. Trust me, you don’t want to get treated how your treating people you psychotic crazy &(*! .

    Yes, I am so so sure that is SH that I am willing to show some I.P.’s that she commented under some sites with. Don’t even try to get Click Rat or Pile of dung to say it was them either. We know their I.P.’s. Stop being a bully. Go private if you are so scared of people writing similar stories you nut job.

  34. That is not A SH READER that is tweeter @stoopidhsewives formerly known as Wax Diva says:

    Dear blogger,
    Great Job! You know what I would like to know? Traylor says she put a side a suit for each son.. What is she going to do with the rest of Russel\’s suits? Now lets address the elephant in the room,which is the stoopidhousewives blogger.

    She is off her damn rocker. That is not a SH reader. That is SH. No one would make an azz out of their self and demand someone credit SH for something when in fact she is known to do that. IF it\’s not her then it\’s her troll Becky whom she has tweet for her and them two don\’t communicate which one of them will tweet something to someone and that someone will answer and when the other personality comes on, that person gets yelled at for saying what ever they were asked. All because that Nut Jub SH is so worried about someone using a sentence from her blog that she and her so called IT person and guinea pig Becky don\’t communicate and it\’s laughable because if you look at the threads, you can see what a whack job she is. Here is an example (verbatim)

    @123 Hey SH Omg lol this person said the exact same thing as you did did one of you two copy each other.

    @NutJob Uh, who\’s copying SH?

    @123 The person I just said.

    @NutJOb What are you talking about?

    @123 Um, I just answered your question.

    @NutJob Oh, what else is new.

    We all just thought she was psycho, which she is, then one person stuck up for her whom she later blocked because her IT person told her to because it\’s obvious SH don\’t have a mind of he own, but the person who always tweeted her blogs and supported her said it\’s probably her assistant tweeting for her. Good friend SH. You crazy azz fool.

    This nut job SH got mad because one person out of millions wanted to expose Taylor for the lying \”#$% \” what she is and tweeted people like CNN or something. Can\’t remember exactly. SH thought she was the only one in the world that covered the TaylorGate. So SH harassed this tweeter with her many personalities demanding to know what she was talking about etc. AND TO BE SURE TO CREDIT SH. CRAZY AZZ !@# I KNOW. To make the long story short. Nut Job SH had many loyal readers, a blogger even did a story about about another blogger messing with SH. LATER SH EVEN THANKED THIS BLOGGER AND even showed emails FROM THIS BLOGGER THEY CALLED OUT ON SH SITE. GET THIS, I GUESS SH TOOK THE BLOGGER OFF HER BLOG ROLL EVEN AFTER DEFENDING THE BLOGGER BECAUSE OF THE NAME OF THE BLOG. I DON\’T EVEN THINK THE BLOGGER KNOWS, BUT I FIND IT FUNNY THAT SH THANKS HER PUBLICLY PUTS HER ON HER BLOG ROLL AND DUMPS HER ALL BECAUSE SH DON\’T HAVE A MIND OF HER OWN, OR DOES SHE HAVE TOO MANY MINDS OF HER OWN. SORRY ALL CAPS ON.
    AFTER SH threw HER Sissy Fit, yes SISSY fit because she thinks she is the only one who covers Taylor and went on a blocking roll, sending in-coherent emails and DM\’s explaining that her new IT guy had her block people, wouldn\’t you know two OTHER bloggers who she blocked,NUT JOB SH had the nerve to ask them to post the post she had taken down? LMAO CRAZY ALERT.
    SH, if you don\’t stop your bullying, demanding stuff off people like you did above, a blog is going to come out about you and all your emails and DM\’s you sent people. You did it to a blogger showed emails, you will be treated how you are treating people. I suggest you calm your crazy azz down and take your Prozac. This blogger didn\’t even have to credit anyone. You would of had no proof she looked this up so Stop your bull crap and quit acting like your a fan of your own site. Trust me, you don\’t want to get treated how your treating people you psychotic crazy &(*! .

    Yes, I am so so sure that is SH that I am willing to show some I.P.\’s that she commented under some sites with. Don\’t even try to get Click Rat or Pile of dung to say it was them either. We know their I.P.\’s. Stop being a bully. Go private if you are so scared of people writing similar stories you nut job!

  35. SHisCrazy says:

    That SH is a crazy woman. Just ignore her. She’ll threaten to unleash the attorney’s on people, but the truth she don’t have a pot to piss in. She most likely beats up on Becky. Just ignore her. Yes, that is SH commenting here, it’s not a reader. No one would make an ass out of their selves. SH you make us LOL. You go to new levels like Taylor does with re tweeting fake tweets. You are on sick lady. How’s the IT guy? Sowwy, the bloggers didn’t want to put your post up. If the above does do a post about SH, I have some things to share. Some emails and DM’s. She is certified nut. you are right, she published emails that Lynn gave her. Although I don’t care for Lynn, I think like SH, this blogging has gone to their heads. At least Lynn tho don’t take it as far as Whacko SH does.

    Sh, does your ass get jealous by the shit that comes out of your mouth?

  36. What happened to this comment? I thought it was funny? says:

    oops, i thought it disappeared. sorry about that. my screen is playing tricks on me.

  37. What the...? says:

    I’ve read about the paranoia of SH (from bloggers on other sites) and always wondered what they were talking about —- now I’ve seen it in living color………..very sad since quite a few people are aware of Google.
    Great article! Love the humor re. that evil lying twit, Trailer Trash…..she certainly underestimates the gullibility of the public.

  38. Nancy says:

    SH did the same thing to Diva on Lynn’s blog. The truth is IMHO
    She stole the Taylor Time Line from Diva.

  39. Joanna says:

    Taylor’s story of abuse has never made much sense to me. Her behavior towards Russell, on the show, was mostly condescending and critical, to his face and, especially behind his back.

    What abusive husband would have gone deeper in debt, than he already was, in order to enable his abused wife to be cast on a TV reality show, let alone allow her to go back a second season, after watching how she portrayed him during the first?

    Victims of spousal abuse are usually kept on a ’short leash’ by their abuser. Taylor sure seemed to travel and/or be out partying A LOT without Russell.

    Abusers are ‘controllers’. What they say goes, or else. For Kennedy’s first over the top birthday party on the show, Taylor bought her an expensive diamond ring. Russell bought her a puppy. Kennedy, as most normal 4 year olds would, LOVED the dog. The ring…not so much. Taylor was livid about the fact that Russell’s present had completely upstaged hers…What happened next?…Dog had to go!

    I can believe their fights would get physical but, after watching Taylor’s extremely belligerant and aggressive behavior at the tea party and Brandie’s house, I really don’t believe it was Russell the one taking it there.

    I think Russell’s history of abuse to past partners became very useful to a hustler like Taylor to exploit for sympathy and attention. So she did. smh

  40. Al Gore Inventor of Internet says:

    All of you harpies going on about stealing time lines and info from web sites are making Taylor look sane. Shut it already. What are you guys 4 yrs old?

  41. rabblerouser2010R says:

    LOL @ Al Gore…

    Too funny because I tweeted an Al Gore reference in regards to this nonsense. If only I had thought to trademark and copywrite it, then you’d owe me.

  42. Anony2 says:

    Stoopidhousewives formerly Waxdiva is a certifiable paranoid nut-job. Her posts are mostly videos from other sites. Used to read there but she is crazy and rude to people. The few people that post ad nauseum to her blogs are more than likely SH herself

  43. Al Gore Inventor of Internet says:

    stoopidhousewives aka waxdiva is a certifiable paranoid nutjob. I think her regular favored posters are herself. She posts videos from other sites and shows all day long, and goes nuts on people all the time.

  44. CalieReality says:

    Very good Story and well added up. I have been trying to stay away from Tay stuff because the more she gets the more were gonna hear about and have to see her next season. But Bravo I seen something on the lost footage where Paul looked @ her face and then she bragged she gained 10 lbs. Red flag went up in my head that it seemed more to all that. And what you said about anorexia makes more sense. They are gonna put her back on I just know it and then another HW I wont watch.

  45. Name Required says:

    This was the most well written article I’ve seen on any blog and I hope it’s getting the attention that’s warranted. Thank you, Claire, for the time you obviously spent carefully researching and writing this post!

  46. CalieReality says:

    Test

  47. Lori Brown says:

    Thank you for this article. Please keep up the good work and let’s get this info out to the rest of the world!

  48. guest says:

    SHisCrazy oh do tell.
    Thank you to the writer as it would have been time consuming collating information and putting into such a cohesive article.

    I feel blog sites who initially started to discuss reality T.V and helped in un-covering Taylor’s are losing credibility, as their focus has changed particularly the one who clearly posted on here initially. One site for eg encourage nastiness by commenting of peoples looks rather than focus on events to me shows little intelligence and imagination to find topics to discuss.
    When I posted a comment disagreeing with content and the suggestion the writer post a picture of themselves for critique, my comment was deleted so I am proud to say have been banned from commenting on the said site, incidentally I knew would enrage her after all I have read of her.

  49. SUSIE says:

    Going back to the SH thing. I am a member of the smaller website/forum that started the timeline. The person who did a great deal of the work wanted to remain anonymous. Sh took that timeline and added more to it. Either SH or her minions went and tracked us down and started making absurd accusations there as well. As soon as we gave her an appropriate answer she vanished from our site. I must say I’ve seen nothing like this in my life. Cray cray is the only way to describe it. Who the heck cares?

  50. Name Required says:

    Susie was that invision boards? do u have twitter?

    I’m starting to think it was a bad idea for the first person to have tried to make the conversation about her (instead of the topic) because so far it looks like several comments HAVE been about her and its not exactly positive. Maybe she should not encourage her people to do this anymore?

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