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Lisa Vanderpump & Kyle Richards Open Up About Taylor Armstrong’s Grief

24 Sep
Some of the women of The actual Housewives of Beverly Hills gathered on the opening of SUR Lounge in L.A. on Thursday to celebrate the birthdays of Lisa Vanderpump, Camille Grammer and Kyle Richards. While the development was certainly a contented one, Lisa and Kyle took day out of the celebration to share their thoughts on Russell Armstrong‘s death and how friend and castmate Taylor Armstrong is coping with the tragedy.

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When Russell committed suicide over the summer, he left Taylor to cope with not just their financial troubles, but in addition the upbringing in their 5-year-old daughter, Kennedy, alone.

“It was extremely difficult,” Lisa explained to OK!. “And that may be something that there aren’t any words to make better. Kennedy have been the concern right now, and that i think that’s all any mother can do, to regroup. I’VE seen Taylor a few times, and I’m actually very happy with her.”

Kyle shared with OK!, ”It’s just hard because unexpectedly she’s not only a single parent — she’s an only parent. I think she’s just fascinated about the pain [Kennedy] is also in, but I DO KNOW she’s been reading books along with her and just seeking to see if she will be able to open her up and spot what’s happening in her little mind. She’s only 5 years old and she or he doesn’t know the way her father died, but she knows he died, so it’s just awful.”

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Russell’s death affected not just those closest to him, but additionally those closest to Taylor. As fans of the show will know, within the time leading as much as her estrangement from Russell, Kyle offered Taylor a source of comfort. The pair became quite close, making the loss even harder for Kyle to reconcile.

“It’s been really sad,” Kyle told reporters. “Taylor was the only I knew the least [after we started], but when we start filming she just started opening as much as me more and more, and that i just saw someone that was in need and having a difficult time. I just wanted her to feel safe and snug enough that she could open up and shall we be there to support her.”

And while the Housewives weren’t precisely the biggest fans of Russell, all of the cast members, including the ladies’ husbands, were devastated by the tragedy.

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“There wasn’t anyone that wasn’t shocked and blown away by this, since you never saw anything like this coming,” Kyle revealed. “I don’t have any words. I USED TO BE within the Bahamas and my niece told me it was on TMZ, and that i just couldn’t believe it. I ASSUMED it just needed to be another a kind of rumors, after which I checked out it myself and that i literally started screaming.”

While the truth show has documented the women’s tumultuous relationships, Kyle explained to reporters that after it comes right down to it, they’re all there for one another.

“I think everyone likes to think all of us hate each other, but we actually don’t. All of us care about each other, but all of us have our moments. I’VE some friends I’ve never fought with my entire life, after which I’VE other friends where that’s our relationship. I FEEL we’ve all had our moments, but I FEEL there are occasions when everyone must stick together.”

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Bravo has come under fire for what many see as its hand in Russell’s death. That may be along with the criticism it received for deciding to air the second one season of Housewives with Russell edited out. But Lisa explains that every one the show did was reflect all aspects in their lives.

“This reality show has captured moments which have been heartfelt, very sad — or even tragic, when it captured Russell’s death,” she explained to OK! ”It captures beautiful scenes too, though; it’s just like having an exquisite home movie, except there has been an awful situation. That may be our lives, and those may follow. There are deaths, but there are births and marriages, and that’s our life.”

By Sadie Gennis with reporting by Gena Oppenheim

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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Magazine

 

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