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Since it was Taylor’s luncheon, it was her prerogative to invite whomever she wanted. Actually the Housewives have been together at almost every event this year. I invited all the girls to my mother's benefit for the John Wayne Cancer Institute. We usually all go as a group. I wasn't surprised that Taylor decided not to invite Lisa. Taylor had been talking about Lisa's attitude towards her. I didn't know what to expect going into the tea party, however I was pretty much pre-occupied. That week was very difficult for me because my ex-husband filed for full custody and my mind was filled with concern for my children.
For me personally it was a very emotional day so I almost didn't make the tea party. It was a tough decision for me to even drive all the way to Lisa's house. I didn't want to go if there was going to be any drama. I didn't want to be involved in any because I was going through so much of my own. But there you go, I found myself smack in the middle. It wasn't by choice.
So I already began my day feeling vulnerable. I empathized with Taylor as she explained her feelings about Lisa. Obviously she was in a lot of pain. She also discussed her situation with Russell with all the women. It was the elephant in the room. We were all trying to help our friend. Since I'm not a therapist, I'm not qualified to make any assessment of her personal life. The only thing I can offer is advice. Lisa and I and the girls had offered our help. It was a very difficult place to be in.
Camille, For those of us who have been in your shoes, albeit on a much smaller scale, with infidelity, divorce and child custody issues....THANK YOU for carrying yourself with such dignity and grace. Too often we see these things play out in such an ugly manner and it's nice to watch you handle this difficult time with class and poise. You are an inspiration and I wish you much happiness!
I hope that you read each and every one of these comments because the viewers all agree that you did the right thing.
YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL, CARING, STRONG LADY AND I COMMEND YOU FOR YOUR HONESTY! YOU ARE A JOY TO WATCH THIS SEASON!!!
Camille, you seem completely yourself this year, very likable and real. I'm happy for you, it's like you felt a need to be someone different because of who you were married to. I hope you stay real and always remember life never lets you get away with anything. We eventually all are hit with our own karma, so let life take care of Kelsey and you stay beautiful, sweet and kind.
Camille: I have to say that from being voted the "most hated housewife," last season to how pleasant and honest you are now this season has been a pleasure to watch. You were also not wrong to confront Taylor. Hope you find happiness with someone someday.
Camille, as someone who has survived domestic violence i wanted to let you know that we go through quite a bit to "hide" our physical bruises from our loved ones. what surprises me about taylor is that most women don't even tell their friends and loved ones. so the confusing messages you recieved are all too common. perhaps if you hadn't "outed" russell, we might be mourning the loss of taylor instead of her abuser. he did show a side of himself last night when he snapped at dana. if he reacted that way to a friend, imagine how he might've reacted to his wife if she displeased him?? i think the anger that taylor had toward you was just an anger at herself for staying in the abusive marriage to begin with, (especially with her being so involved in her charities against violence, she knows better!) so please don't take it personal. after she has adjusted to all the changes in her life, if she hasn't come around, she will. and hopefully to apologize to you and thank you for being such and "Honest" friend. God bless you and your children. your honesty is refreshing. i was confused by you last season, but now that we know what you were going through, it's obvious you were just trying to get through it all and it came out like you were being fake, but i still wanted to love you. kudos to you!
Camille: Thanks for clueing us in on what was really going on at that tea party....It was very strange...the completely desperate NEED Taylor had to be friends with Lisa. It was so odd, what was I missing? Why was Taylor crying and carrying on to be Lisa's friend so much? It was so embarressingly desperate of her.
Although I think it was gracious of you to apologize repeatedly to Taylor for what you said about her marriage at the tea party, I think you calling Taylor on her marital situation was the best thing you could have done for her. If you see a friend in a potentially dangerous or dangerous situation you need to speak honestly to them about it. Taylor going on about the need for everyone to be honest and her attempts to get everyone in the room to gang up on Lisa were rude, immature, and inappropriate. Your react to this was understandable. I think Taylor was not ready to hear the truth about her situation. As a good friend once told me, "Just because someone is angry that does not mean you did something wrong."
I have to admit, I did not like you the first season.....but this season you have changed my mind. I owe it to your divorce....you are now a down to earth, caring, real, woman. So although it might have been painful....this divorce has created a new you - which I think is much stronger and better!!! Best Wishes!
You know what Camille, you don't have to apologize for anything. You just shared what Taylor had shared with everyone of the Housewives in the room. Maybe this will make her face up to what's going on in her life and try to correct it somehow for herself and her daughter Kennedy. You've come a long ways and you was acting out fo concern for another human being. Taylor should get over it and focus on dealing with what's going on in her marriage, if there's anything going on.
Camille, I, along with a TON OF OTHER FANS, were NOT a fan of yours in the past season. You were had major issues and gave the impression that you were ABOVE everyone and just snotty. But this season you have presented yourself in a new, much classier and down to earth light. Maybe everything you went through brought out the humility in you, and although you went through something quite tragic and PRIVATE, I believe you became a better person. With that being said, I thought your frustration and tone with Taylor was not overplayed and NOT something you should "take back" even if you could. She is (was) a mess. She didn't know if she was coming or going and she dragged everyone on her rollercoaster and then back pedaled. I admire the crazy composure you kept when you finally lost it at the tea party. And yet you still were able to shelter your "friend" and not spill on everything that is really going on. So do not appoligize for this episode.
Camille, I disliked you so much last season that I almost didn't watch this season. However, I really like you now! I we are seeing the true Camille Grammer and we like her! Shame on Kelsey for trying to take your children from you. Shows what a selfish man he really is. Again, you have showed that people can change for the better.
Hi Camille, watching the episode (with all the editing), I did find it a bit harsh how you outed Taylor about the abuse, I thought wow, Camille was too straight forward about it. But after reading this blog, I understand how frustrated you were, i would've been too. Don't feel bad that you said what you said, I think that in the end, it was probably for the better. :)
I'm really surprised you chose to say what you did while cameras were rolling, and can't help but wonder if you'd been able to achieve the same result had you spoken privately with Taylor. In many ways she needed someone to provide an "Intervention" as you called it, but considering the nature of the issue, a planned and private intervention may have been more helpful. In fact I would have loved to see you plan and conduct a true intervention that is completely aimed at supporting Taylor. I have no idea what the reality of the situation is, so I shall try to refrain from judgement, but everyone is praising you for being honest, and I just think what you did was reckless. I can understand why Taylor is angry in this episode. She is telling everyone her business because it's a cry for help, because she is vulnerable not because she is needs a reality check, and I feel you failed to see that.
Gooooo Camille. Don't change - I love the way you have come out last year. You have infinitely more substance and class than was shown last year.
But Camille, don't bow to Taylor's drama. She manufactures drama. Treat her with a long handled spoon.
Good Morning Camille, I wanted to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving also, I hope things are well for you sweatheart ok! love Trina
Hi Camile! I wanted to know who is the designer of the Yellow maxi dress you were on the show when they interview you...it's a yellow and white dress and it looks like a halter dress. You wear it with green jewelry...thanks!!
You did nothing wrong! Taylor is a manipulator! Never apologize when you know you did the right thing.
hey, camille! love you on the show!! in my opinion, taylor should have confronted lisa in private if she had a problem with lisa, certainly not the tea party! if she had, things may not have spiraled out of control. that being said, i think it was unavoidable. you had the same opinion that all the other girls had. i am surprised you're getting all this backlash about speaking up. if anything, people should be more upset at taylor for her shady behavior. you did her a favor by confronting her.
Camille...you are an inspiration. I find you so much more likable and real now that Kelsey is out of your life. You can breath, you can be yourself. Who you are alone is so much better than who you were then. Keep your chin up, you can get through anything. You have lots of us routing for you and cheering you on.
Finally! Camille, what you did with Taylor took guts that none of the other women had. Everyone has something to say about it but you were the only one who was brave enough to bring it up, right to Taylors face! A person has to respect that let me tell you, you spit it out just like it was and more to your credit, you did it to her face... unlike the others! That is what a real friend should do. I noticed that someone thought it was a bit harsh and perhaps it was but you know what they say, the truth hurts! I admire what you did.
Camille, you're a beautiful person inside and out! Fyi, even though "Boss" is probably a really good new show, I cannot appreciate Kelsey Grammar as an actor anymore after I saw the dirtbag he was to you in real life. For that reason, I wont be watching him. But I look forward to watching you and the rest of RHOBH season 2.
BRAVO Camille. You did a good job in bringing Taylor's sad situation out to a higher level of visibility amongst the group. Said it in plain English with no dancing around a sad, serious issue.
I know that was difficult- But you were right on!- Overall a very sad situation-I understand where you were coming from- Happy Thanksgiving
Camille, I absolutely adore you this season, you, Lisa, Adrienne, and Brandi are by far my faves of all the housewive franchise. I do commend you on speaking up on Taylor's issue, she was being a hypocrite and you called her on it. Good for you!!! It was ballsy of her to try and sit there and expose everybody else. Taylor is all about herself and what she can get, obviously, she didn't want to leave Russell because she knew whatever little money he had, she wouldn't have. Like Lisa said in the first season, regardless of how they afforded that lifestyle they had, she didn't want to give that up. I can imagine how frustrated you were that day to have to deal with your personal issues and then have to deal with manipulator and her problems, that she didn't want to resolve. That whole thing with Lisa and her trying to drag you guys in was not only catty, but petty. So please do not kick yourself over saying what you said, you had every right to, if she didn't want you to say anything then she should have told somebody else and not try to make you look like the bad guy. It seems like Taylor is trying to make everyone afraid of her. Good luck with ending your divorce, hope you get what you are entitled to and more. May you and your family be blessed this holiday season.
I do not fault you for confronting Taylor at the tea party. She brought that on herself by the many insinuations she makes about her marriage, by the confusion that she causes and by waging open warfare with Lisa at the tea party. I think someone had to do it and it turned out to be you. She had no business trying to drag everyone else into her personal battle with Lisa. Big mistake.
I'm not sure exactly why it is but Taylor tends to arouse my suspicions a lot. Even though when I was her age I went through several of the things that she has been going through, I handled them very differently and perhaps that is why I frequently question her motives. And it seems that her hiding in the suitcase in Kyle's closet at the ski lodge and her allegedly throwing herself on top of Kim when she was laying on the bed didn't alarm anyone else but me because they have never mentioned it again. I, personally, find it hard to get it out of my head when trying to understand what is going on with Taylor. Crazy me.
One of the things I find a tad confusing about Taylor is not only the huge change in her persona since last season but her being so overt with her 'I am weak and need strong people around me' message. I can't figure out if she is incredibly brave (and therefore actually strong) for allowing herself to be so vulnerable, or if it is folly to appear so vulnerable on reality tv, or if it is all just about getting attention, or if it is either a manipulation or a way to get a 'ticket to ride'. Its real message being "pay attention to me because I am weak and because I am weak you must always be nice to me no matter what and never judge me". We'd all like that 'ticket' but, unfortunately, it just doesn't work that way on planet earth. Or maybe she just thought that the 'pity route' was the best way to get accepted in the group. It could be a way of 'guilting' everyone into accepting her. Perhaps my suspicions are unwarranted but she evidently confuses a lot of people.
You have changed for the better. Last season I didn't like you, but this season you are my favorite housewife. You are beautiful inside and out!
Like a lot of others....I think you did just fine with the tea party "outing". Good for you! Don't enable. BTW - I really like you this season!
I think you are doing great Camille. I have myself been very frustrated with Taylor Taylor this season and last season. Taylor was stirring the conflict between you and Kyle and a complete basket case this season. I think you have been a wonderful friend with nothing to apolgize for. Wishing you the very best of luck.
Camille, I applaud you for being honest and it did come off a little harsh but maybe that is what Taylor needed at that time. Now she wants to talk trash about you and not invite you to her events. She is childish and if she is really in trouble she should seek serious help. I'm sorry you are going through such a hard time with your divorce. I hope all is well. Keep being honest and figure out who your real friends are.
Camille rocks! I so agree with how you handled Taylor. Taylor is a passive/aggressive manipulator and you realized that when she blindsided you and the ladies with that attack of Lisa. I don't see how anyone could have allowed that to happen, without doing what you did, and making her accountable for her own troubles/problems! Great job, I hope we get to see more of you this season, because these other phony ladies (excluding Lisa and Brandi) are getting boring.
Camille let me start by saying, I love the new you! Last year I couldn't stand you because the way you acted. This year you are more thoughtful and caring. Taylor should asked for this. If you don't want your girlfriends to talk about your marriage than don't talk about it with them!! Simple as that. Taylor is just a drama lady!! The only one I feel sorry for is your daughter for losing her dad. Keep up the good work Camille and stay strong for your children. You're a great mom and that's one thing your ex can not take away from you!!! Take care and God Bless!!
Hi Camille, I think it's very obvious that Taylor cares only about what happens in her own little world! She doesn't seem to understand that you have been through a horrific experience, and it doesn't look as if she supports you! Kyle and Adrienne need to get behind you and stay there!
Camille, this is the first time ever that I have blogged (on any website)!! Personally, I liked you since the first season despite all the cattiness that was dragged out between you and Kyle. As I sit here watching an episode of the latest season I thought to myself which is what I wanted to share with you, "What a blessing in disguise for her to have these women (TRHBH) in her life." I say that because you've obviously had to deal with a lot lately and of course its been so public (I can't even begin to imagine how difficult that must be). The important thing is.... these other women on the show may not be going through exactly what you're going through or have gone through but they can relate with the scrutiny of being in the public eye and can empathize with you to a certain degree. Its nice to see how women can really rally for each other in the moment of need which is what it appears these women have helped you with, a sorority-like sisterhood-like bond, empowering women helping each other, having each other's backs. I think you have a lot of strength from within because to keep the kind of poise, self-respect for yourself and others, as well as 'keeping it moving' during these hard times is admirable and only something that someone with an abundance of emotional and mental strength (such as yourself) can do. 'Keep it moving Camille', you're a kind, warm-hearted, beautiful, smart woman!!
All the best,
Camille, I hope you read this comment and process it as an adult woman would. Being that I personally have been in an emotionally and physically abusive relationship how you handled your frustrations with Taylor was disgusting and heart-wrenching. You have no right to judge someone in that situation until you have been throughout. Either be a friend and support her and BELIEVE her (because most women do not report abuse due to the fear of not being believed) or don't say anything regarding the situtation if you have nothing supportive to say. My partner did not leave any physical bruises that everyone could see. Sometimes just a little black and blue spots or I'd be too bruised to move for a couple of hours. But it was enough for my doctors to notice, who begged me to find somewhere else to live. The reason it took me so long to leave is because my boyfriend was so KIND to everyone who knows him! He would always say no one will believe me and he would say I lied and ruin my reputation. His kindness barely happened around me. Every other girl he knows is "sweetheart," when no one is around he called me "bi*ch" or "dumba**." He would tell me everyone hated me and he hoped I would die (all of this while I am going through cancer treatments by the way). No one knows besides my best friend, who has supported me and believed even though she has never seen a bruise. I hope in the future physical proof is not the only evidence you need to know that even the nicest guys can be monsters. It isn't easy to admit someone you love is hurting you, so I commend Taylor for doing it publically. My only hopes is that all of you girls will be there for Taylor. I can not even imagine questioning my friend if she had told me someone was abusing her.
Camille- Thank you for finally bringing to light all the "issues" and inuendos surrounding Taylor Armstrong's situation. You did everyone a favor, especially Ms. Armstrong. Please do not have any regrets. Only a true friend would have had the courage to confront Ms. Armstrong. I found her behavior in Lisa's home to be intolerable. I had begun to wonder if all the "press leaks" she is/was accusing Ms. Vanderpump of, were not of her own doing. I find all of her other behavior as either manipulative, or manic. I am not sure if it is purely the editing of show footage, but you and the other women spoke out about Ms. Armstrong's inconsistent behavior/statements/emotions, etc. As a viewer, I appreciate that you finally broke the silence. I hope that Ms. Armstrong receives the help that she desperately seems to need. You , Ms. Malouf, and Ms. Vanderpump are true ladies. Please keep your head up. Thank you for being a great example for all women who watch. Best to you and your family.
Camille, I must say, I like you much better this season. You are coming across as authentic and caring. I think you did Taylor a favor by actually putting into words what everybody already knew, but wouldn't say out loud.
I normally dont comment on Blogs, but I had to support you on this one. You probably SAVED THIS GIRL'S LIFE by making the abuse known to the public. Stop apologizing for having the BALLS to call it out! All of other women (besides Lisa) would have sat aside until she ended up dead at the hands of her abuser, and then at that point would have had to live with the fact that they KNEW about this and didnt speak up. Your voice FORCED her to take action to save herself and her daughter and she filed for divorce. Taylor told you all about the abuse because she was crying for help...subconsciouslt begging to be outed...and this was the manifestation on that! I applaud you! you are a good friend!
I don't think you were out of line. As you explained and discussed, none of you knew what was actually going on. With the inconsistent stories Taylor was giving, how could you have really known what she was dealing with. She is an activest for the prevention for domestic violance and living with an abuser??? You said what you said to bring out the truth. I don't think anyone in the room, except for Taylor, believed she was getting hit yet would not take any of your offers to move in to your homes. The truth is never something to be hidden. If those words did not come out of your mouth at that time, who knows what path they could have taken. The truth forces people to see their life as it is. Public or private, truth brings awareness. Women watching and seeing a woman who "has it all" & going through the same horror no longer felt like losers or alone. I am sure you speaking the truth has brought the truth to others freeing them from the same nightmare.. I don't think appologies were even necessary.
I love you! Taylor attacked Lisa and wanted everyone else to back her up and I thought it totally appropriate for you to make her wake up and see what everyone else was doing. I don't think you wanted to say that but she pushed you to it. I hope you have all the happiness in the world you deserve it!
Camille you are pure class. Even though you want to believe a person when they say they are being abused I can see why it would be difficult to believe Taylor, about the abuse and about anything else she claims. You were going through a lot yourself right at that moment and Taylor had no empathy for you, with Taylor it's all about her all the time. I hope you and Lisa are back on good terms. I wish you all the best.
You are so classy and fun to watch. I actually saw bits of this side of you last season, which was overshadowed by some of the things that were happening to you, but you have just really come across so geniune and classy to watch. Continue to stay above the fray and the best is yet to come for you.
Taylor should have at least called lisa that she was on the guest list or that she was uninvited or something like that but oh well i think to me their is still some beef in their lol. And their is probably some beef between you and her as well also or am i wrong? How is everything going on with you ? Is Kelsey your ex husband still around his children or not? Unlike russell lol typical men want to be in charge of everythin or anything or am i wrong. How are your children doing? see ya tonight!
Camille, you seem completely different this year, very likable and real. You are so classy and fun to watch. i ll say, taylor is a mess ...hope she can find true herself not to pretend anymore
One thing....QUIT APOLOGIZING! You were being a friend to Taylor, and with hindsight, seems you were the only one. Taylor is very good at pushing blame at others. As far as Lisa saying she's not Taylor's friend -- she never said that, she said I'm not your "BEST" friend and since Taylor couldn't yell and fight with her husband, she is taking it out on you ladies. I do feel for her and her loss, again "hindsight". You were a good friend. I hope you are not still apologizing. Best wishes to you and your children for a healthy and happy 2012 and that Kelsey grows up!
I must admit that last season I did not care for you Camille. After watching what you went through with your ex husband, I saw u remove the mask and show viewers the real Camille. From that point on I have been rooting for you. I love watching you this season and you have become a favorite of mine. At Lisa's tea party I believe you said what the other ladies and viewers have known all along. Kudos for putting it out there when the other ladies couldn't muster the courage to do so. Keep on being true to yourself. I am glad to see you are able to stand alone as strong woman without the attachment of being the wife of Kelsey Grammer. Oh and by the way his ego is way over inflated and what he did to you was utterly atrocious and cowardly. Just keep in mind that karma is a bitch and what goes around comes around. I will continue to be in your corner and hope all goes well in your future.
Camille, do not ever look back with regrets on the facts that you brought up with Taylor at the tea party. You have to admit someone had to do it! Taylor told each and every one in the world about her husbands bad attributes and decisions. I was feeling sorry for her until I saw this season playing out. I didn't understand your character last season but I realized that you were the new kid on the block and then the real life problems came to light. You went through a very traumatic situation in real life and then you had to deal with the mean girls. Geez! It takes courage to continue on with your on camera work with co-workers such as you have had to deal with both seasons. You just hold your head up and continue to be yourself.