With her high profile abusive marriage well behind her, Taylor Armstrong is opening up, telling others in similar situations that, “There’s life after tragedy.”
The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star recently appeared on Huffington Post Live to discuss her decision to open up and educate others about domestic abuse. “I’ve always been pretty honest about my abuse once I was able to come forth with it. But I speak out now because my life has changed so much and I want other people to see that there is life after abuse, there is life after tragedy,” she said.
Now happily married for over a year to her former lawyer, Taylor is grateful for the positive impact a happy home life provides to daughter, Kennedy. “With Kennedy I just thank god and am so blessed now that she has the good fortune of seeing a healthy marriage that’s built on mutual respect with John and thankfully she’s going to have that now as role modeling,” she said.
Taylor wants others to remain optimistic that they, too, can build a new life after loss. “It was important to me most of all because when you’re in the middle of abuse and suffering from tragedy, for me, I felt like there was never going to be an end to the sadness,” she says. “And to find that there’s life after — I think I appreciate every moment of my beautiful life now.
”I have this amazing husband and we respect one another, and we have fun together, and every day to me is so special now because I know what it’s like to really suffer, and showing people again that there’s life after tragedy — you just need to get through it and God’s going to take care of you,” she added.
Taylor also recently appeared on Oprah: Where Are They Now?, where she shared an emotional and often graphic look inside her marriage to ex-husband Russell. “The moment I realized I absolutely had to leave was when they wheeled me down after surgery and my daughter had to see me in the waiting room after having reconstructive surgery on my eye,” she said through tears.
Taylor filed for divorce from Russell in 2011; a month later, he took his own life in the family’s home.
[Source: Huffington Post]