Can't believe we are here again, beginning another season already! So much has happened that I am not even sure where to begin, but like I was always taught growing up -- you just have to buckle down and find someplace to start.
As everyone knows, it's been an extremely difficult and challenging off-season for all of us, obviously for no one more so than Taylor. When we began this journey on this show, I think all of us expected to have some ups and downs, and we knew it would be hard to see some parts of our lives play out on TV. Of course, nothing we imagined could even compare to the reality of losing one of our own to suicide.
I know there has been a lot of debate in the media about whether or not the season should go on, and if so, then how much of Taylor and Russell's struggle should be shown. I can only speak for myself when I say that I felt that out of the worst of situations, we had a chance to actually do something positive -- and that's to really confront and expose the epidemic of suicide. The more I learned about just how many people we lose each year to this tragic epidemic, the more convinced I became that we had to create awareness of how to talk about suicidal thoughts, how to reach out for help and how to prevent this from happening in the first place. I learned that suicide is the third leading cause of death amongst our youth -- so why aren't we talking about this more? Too often in these cases, suicidal people are embarrassed about their thoughts, and families coping with the resulting loss feel like it is their fault they lost someone in this way -- so the subject is hidden or danced around. Is it painful and uncomfortable to watch? Yes. But this is the reality we are facing. We are watching our lives in hindsight just as you are. We're looking for clues as to what was to come, just like you are. It's a process of grieving and understanding -- and it doesn't get more real than this.
Hi Adrienne, Ok, now I understand why you were so mad at your husband at the dinner table. Because I did not understand at all why you were so mad at him when you said to him "you are rude". As usual, you look gorgeous. I think that your hair looks different? You look great. You and Paul makes me laugh a lot. You have to see your face to see the expressions you make when he calls you. I do know that there is a lot of pain involve in this season. I really hope that God helps Taylor and her husband's family.
God Bless you, your Childlren and Paul, Yolanda Garcia Berdecia San Juan, Puerto Rico
Love you you are the rock of the group -help kim cause her sister is not helping her . Taylor will be fine. and Lisa and Kyle should be out of the show
First I would like to express how beautiful I think you are inside and out. You and your husband truly are meant for each other. I was happy and happy that you and Bravo decided to go on with the show and how you are supporting the very sad desease- suicide. I lost my son 3 years ago to suicide at the precious age of 19. Your right people try to not talk about it as if they are embarrassed or whatever. To this day people still avoid me because I think they just don't know how to handle suicide and know what to say.
Great blog - thx for explaining ur behavior towards Paul - husbands r ughhh sometimes :) I cant help but lol at the fact Paul is a top plastic surgeon as well as a yougurt shop owner - I still keep lol ing :) Look fwd to seeing ur shoes AND the rest of the season!
Adrienne, I like you because of your truth. there is no fakeness to you and your husband it is what it is with you two and that is how real people get along. Please be careful with the pet out fits, Giggy does not have fur where those out fits cover, do not make the same mistake with your adorable pooch.
Can't wait to see your shoe line, and I look forward to more of this season. I for one am pleased that the show has aired. Bravo is doing its best on all fronts to sensitively show respect for Taylor and the Armstrong families, and also move ahead with the show. Seeing real couples like you and Paul actually work out disagreements shows how all people have to work hard to keep a family together.
I am so glad you explained your behavior at your dinner party because I felt really bad for Paul. I really hope that you guys aren't going to be another marriage that has been destroyed by reality television. That being said, I love watching you and Paul together.
Adrienne, thanks for explaining what was going on between you and Paul. From the show, it seemed a bit "off" and now, knowing that it had to do not with the dinner but with something completely differnent, makes sense. Glad you talked about it and let us viewers know the before and after. And, if you don't mind, I'd like to use the "research for my line" excuse for buying shoes...that's one I haven't tried!
On a separate not, glad the blogs are back up!!!
So glad that you're back! Love watching the show and I look forward to the rest of the season unfolding. I think you and Paul are hilarious and it's nice to see a normal married couple being normal and not acting fake for the camera.
Adrienne, Thank you for explaining what happened that set you off. It seemed very out of character for you but we all have our moments when we sorta lose it. You apologized, let's all move on. I am glad the season is being shown, even if it is re-edited. I love all of you! You are all amazing and beautiful! God bless! Oh, Jackpot is a cutie but my heart is still with Giggy! LOL!
love your blog, all well said. I love how you try to keep the peace when needed with all of the girls but most of all I love how you and your husband are together it reminds me so much of me and my hushand its nice to see someone else out there not lovey dovey at all times and knowing you two laugh alot I think makes a good relationship
Great Blog! Good for you for being honest about marriage and the ups and downs. My heart goes out to you all this season. We are thinking of you all and supporting you as well.
Losing a family member is never easy for most. I feel for taylor. I will reserve any of my judgement s (which I have none) for my own mind and keep my to my own business. As a human being I am obligated morally to tell Taylor. I am sorry for your loss and I don't feel putting the show on hold would help anyone. Should Taylor need a little time allow her to take it. I find out that being around people helps you get on with your life more. You will not now nor ever forget this but you will learn to live with it. If Taylor comes back I would ask that no one use any of this on this show. it is just morally bad and KARMA will kick your backside. Go on with life and keep this part out of reality TV. It may lead to people saying vicious things they do not want to say but can't help themselves. Ca Ca happens. Clowning on one thing but messing with someones soul is, just bad news. I'm sorry Taylor I wish I could give you a hug. I support you ladies as you supported me. Karma What goes around comes around. I'm even a card carrier of PAY IT FORWARD! Thanks for your help. PAX!
Thank you for this blog,Adrienne. I can not wait to watch the rest of season 2 with the new cast members into the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills life.
Love the show especially your family, Very happy something is being done about Suicide Prevention. Taylor is so hard to watch the 1st season, one in just 2 episodes she's so scary to watch. Also Kim addiction is a horriable thing. I've been dealing with my only child being addicted. tried Everything even Ibogaine What Brook just did. Bogus Sent my son 2 ST Kitts twice w/ a team from U.of M. nerologists. So been involved for about 20 yrs. So it's sad 2 see Kim . You & your husband where there for Charlie Sheen, good friends like you are what he needs. love the show gets my mind off being scared thank you so much.
Loved the episode, and loved Camille's house! Good to see you all getting along for the most part. I love Lisa but she seems to have changed a bit so far this season. I understand her backing Ken but she also needs to understand how what he said affected Taylor. But at that point, since she is not close to Taylor, I assume she did not know the extent of what Taylor was going through. Can't wait to see more of the Bickersons!
I think it's really wonderful how all of you women are banding and bonding during this time when such a tragedy takes place like the suicide of Russell Taylor. It is such a great example of how insignificant some of the things everyone was fighting, bickering, disagreeing about are in the real scheme of things, just not important. So far this season I love everyone. Adrienne, you have always been my favorite because you seem to always conduct yourself with class and dignity. Maybe you rubbed off on some of your friens, because so far, everyone is showing love and class toward each other, it's refreshing. I'm sure the whole season won't be peaches and cream amongst everyone but it's nice to see everyone being so human, forgiving and compassionate.
I just love the show Adrienne! Thanks for sharing your life. As a child I was raised in poverty so the lifestyles of the rich have fascinated me for years. I must say it looks like an amazing life. I am so happy that the show is going to continue to air. I so loved the olive branch idea and honey it is the thought that counts too. You always do the right thing. You are the peace maker. I understand your position as I am the peace maker in my family. You are fabulous!
My sister is undergoing shock therapy because she was suicidal. So people do reach the brink of not being able to "survive" in this world. They truly are hurting and can't cope. I am so sorry to see Taylor and her little girl have to endure losing their loved one. We almost lost my sister and I had to come to terms with buring someone I loved way to soon. Life has ups and downs, we have to learn to cope and take the roller coaster ride emotionally. Tomorrow can turn around to be much different than today...any day!
You were definitely over the top at the dinner party in front of your guests, you need to know when to stop! I also felt you show have interveened in the conversation between Kyle and Ken, it was sad that Lisa felt so uncomfortable that she wanted to leave. Taylor as usual played the drama queen and Kyle should not have gotten involved.
Hi Adrienne, thx for this article!! can't wait to see the next episodes! also i saw some of your shoes line on the internet!! huge and beautiful!! i livein Paris, France but i'm a huge fan of the Real housewoves of BH! hope i'll come in the U.S. to eat some yogurt ice cream hahaha!! greatings from Paris to you and all the cast members and also your fans ;) xoxo
Now, it makes sense. On the show we only see the "blow up" but as in any relationship there are ups and downs and "ironing out to do'. Just normal family stuff. Good luck, stay married and enjoy your family, your life... and many blessings to come!
I still think that spouses should respect their mates....ALLWAYS...especially in front of others. ou kept calling him rude, when in fact you were the one who was being rude.....BUT YOU LOOKED FABULOUS BEING RUDE !!!! I love your chef...maybe Andy could give him his own show.?
You are my favorite BHHW! I love your attitude your brains and the lovely banter you and your husband show on TV!
And who cannot resist Jackpot? Love him!!
The new phrase "Bickertons" suits you and Paul perfectly! Its obvious you love each other, but both of you are used to being in total control of situations, so its understandable that there is conflict sometimes. From what is shown on TV, it does seem like you are the one that is rude and belittle your husband alot and thats really hard to watch sometimes.. Just sayin....
A very well written blog with addressing the sensitivity of Russell's suicide, and trying to bring some attention to a very big problem. Obviously, for someone to consider suicide, let alone act on it, they have issues that one can only wish they would seek out someone they trusted to confide in who could help them. As a mother of four teenagers, I try to reach out to them often, to know that they can talk to me about anything. Everyone is overwhelmed at some point in their lives, and needs to be able to trust someone that will help and support them. Like you, I am married to a Lebanese man, whose thought process is a lot like Paul's, so we bicker a lot too. I understand you were more angry with him at dinner, for playing golf and blowing you off during the day, but I hope that you realize after seeing the episode, that you didn't come off well, because everyone was uncomfortable. I, truthfully, have done the same thing, but have always regretted it, and we certainly try not to bicker in front of people like that anymore. It really doesn't help anything, it just makes everything worse, and usually leads to an argument about behaving like that in front of people. I have now been married 25 years this year, and for the most part we have grown out of that behavior, but the constant bickering loses its cute quality, and becomes annoying. Of course, I know that we both love one another very much, and other people may not get it, but I do, because you and Paul remind me so much of my husband and myself. Do try to make time for yourselves away from the pressures, it helps. However, I doubt that you will get his undivided attention, as it has been 25 years, and I still don't get his. I just pick and choose my battles at lot more carefully now. So both of you slow down a little, enjoy the children as they are not this young for long, and try to curtail bickering or arguing in front of your guests. I admire your values, your commitment to friends and family, and ambition. I think you are a very grounded, intelligent, caring and a beautiful person inside and out. I wish you and your husband well in all of your endeavors. Please continue to be a peacemaker, and avoid the drama of the women.
I think you should have said something about the dog drinking from the glass at your dinner table. It was rude and had to make your other guests uncomfortable. - Still I adore you! And I am so happy you and all the original cast is back. This is my fave housewife series.
Were you pissed or what? Seriously,if I were already anticipating a dinner party with the guest list you had and plus disappointed with my husband because changed plans for the day,not to mention the wine flowing all thru the course of the evening,I probably would have been way way worse.Funny how the best intentions with the poorest results end up on camera.
Adrienne, while watching this episode of your lovely dinner party, I was feeling so sorry for you. Here you'd gone to such effort to create a beautiful dinner party for your guests, yet your hubby Paul was acting like a baby, asking for you attention constantly, over this that and the other thing which he could have handled very well on his own, such as getting dressed. That behavior would have driven me right up the wall!!!
I'm so sorry. But I'm also sorry to learn that you're pulling yourself in yet another direction to develop a show line. Enough already. Please consider the deleterious side effects for your lives if you let yourself become so stressed with yet another business.
You have your sons to consider. I loved your boys line about putting the swords on the table. How cute was that?
Now you have a new puppy who will need lots of attention.
Please don't spread yourselves so thin. That would be immensely stressful, and I don't want to see you and Paul hurt.
Really enjoy you and your family. A little wacky at times but fun. Thanks for being there for Taylor. All my prayers for all the housewives and their families.
OMG a shoe line! Wow I can't wait for it. The shoes you wore last season were always to die for! I like the way you and Paul bicker. You bicker but you love each other and it shows. I'm glad that out of all the housewives it seems that you and Kyle were the only two that Taylor reached out to. She didn't come straight out and tell you, but she let you in a little. That shows that the both of you can be good listeners. I know out of all of the housewives you and Kyle are doing your best to make sure Taylor is doing ok during this time. Anyways hurry up with the shoe line already:)
Wonderful blog. Very well put.
I will say that I found your place sitting at your table very telling. I've been to a LOT of homes. Some families well off, some not so much. But the one thing that always stays consistent is that the man is the man of the house and he ALWAYS sits at the head of the table. You're Catholic??? lol All I can say is that as long as you insist on being the husband of your relationship, you and your spouse will always have problems. Spouses do bicker, but your stuff is off the hook!!! Think about it!
Hey Adrienne, I'm so glad you and your hubby made up. I think he is so funny. Maybe he likes to be humorous to hide the stress and exhaustion he's feeling. He cracks us up. Is your new shoe store on your website or does it have it's own website? Will you please tell Taylor she's in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Take care and please continue to be the same and not ever change. Best wishes and blessings.
Adrienne, So GLAD you're back!!! Yes, thank goodness you didn't listen to your son and adorn the table with swords! But, golfing on a day you had lined up for important business tasks would have maddened me as well. You and Paul are just you and Paul.... I think you're both fantastic! You and Lisa are very grounded women who listen-don't over-advise and just try to be supportive. I enjoy this show the most and appreciate the warm moments as opposed to the constant and almost insane arguing on some of the other housewives shows. It's just great to see you again!
Great blog! You're my favorite. You are so articulate, intelligent and fair minded. It seems as though hubby is much more relaxed about things than you. Is he a type "C" personality? Maybe. Good luck whipping him into shape. He seems to do whatever he wants; when he wants (like any other 2 year old).
You & Paul are just too cute~~~ and both of your doggies too. I loved when Jackpot was tugging on your beautiful German Shep's tail he (?) was so docile. Great training~ Your Chef tho has quite the attitude!
Adrienne, You are my favorite BH housewife. You're intelligent, industrious, thoughtful and articulate. I think you are above the drama - usually. Your dinner party started off uncomfortable because nobody else understood why you were irritated by the hubby. He must do things that only you notice. Paul has ditched you for golf before. He seems to want what he wants when he wants it (like any other 2 year old.). I don't see the attraction with him. But, he's your choice, not mine.
I just love that you are so down to earth, and wealth has nothing to do with it! I thought picking on Paul at your dinner party went on too long, don't throw away a good man!
Adrienne, You're great - I love your style, intelligence and inner strength! Glad you clarified what was happening between you and Paul at the dinner table - lol !! I think your feelings are prefectly normal that his golf game could have waited for another day - and these feelings have a way of surfacing at the most unexpected moments! Paul seems like a fun loving person and most likely didn't realize his golf game was sending the wrong messages until dinner was served ..hahaa ~ You two have a wonderful relationship - I can tell !
Thanks Adrienne for sharing a part of your world with us all -
It's hard to watch you and Paul bicker; makes me sad for you because you have such a beautiful life apart from that. Nevertheless, I enjoy you both very much. Unlike most of the Housewives characters, you're both sensible, mature, and kind to others. You avoid the meanspiritedness and pettiness. Thank you for that, and I hope tensions inside your home ease.
OMG....your glasses will never be looked at without thinking of Gigi! lol
Please keep being the smart, peace maker in this group! I couldn't stand to watch all the drama last year.
Viewers want to watch an hour of fun, laughter and a time to escape their own life drama for an hour.
I get the bickering between you and Paul but to much may come off as you being a bitch. Becareful, sweetie!