Real Housewives of Beverly Hills veteran Taylor Armstrong has been able to protect her 5-year-old daughter Kennedy from the gruesome details surrounding her father’s suicide last month – until now.
The 40-year-old reality TV starlet opens up to Entertainment Tonight about how she finally broke the devastating news to her precious daughter and – perhaps more shocking – the extent of the alleged abuse she suffered during her marriage to Russell.
Taylor – who filed for divorce from her venture capitalist husband in July – reveals that she broke the news gently to her young daughter, who wasn’t initially aware of her father’s passing.
“I just told her Daddy got sick and he died,” she explains tearfully during her interview with ET‘s Nancy O’Dell, “and we could pick a star in the sky that could be daddy and that she could talk to him every night.”
During the interview, Taylor also divulges details about her abusive relationship with her late husband.
“He grabbed me by the neck and shoved me against the wall and he said, ‘If you ever make my children a pizza without a vegetable again, I’ll kill you,’” she claims.
“He would grab me by one side of the hair on my head and bang the other side of my head against the car,” she tearfully discloses. “He would say to me, ‘I’m afraid I’m going to kill you one day.’”
She also recounts the night that her estranged husband was found dead, sobbing,
“As I was laying in the street screaming, I realized that my little girl was there and I had pull it together to get her out of there.”
Tune in tonight to watch Taylor’s riveting interview with Nancy O’Dell on Entertainment Tonight.