I have made no secret of the fact that Taylor and I had our issues. I doubted things, like the $10 million investment her husband had made in the first season, her $50,000 tea party, many things. It's not to say I didn't like her, but I was wary.
I always believed her claims. I never quite knew why anyone would doubt the validity of her experience. When Kyle said people exaggerate their wealth that was totally irrelevant with regard to the other things Taylor had told us.
Who knows what goes on behind closed doors? But it was enough for me to form an opinion of her husband. Could I ever expose their situation? No I don't think I could. But, "How," I asked myself, "can we say it, which many of the women kept reiterating, unless we witness it with our own eyes?"
Now, if for one moment I had believed what she relayed to us was untrue or even exaggerated, would I have never even been in her company. A woman lying about something as egregious as that is a whole different matter.
So I felt compelled to say, "I am not masquerading as your best friend, but if you need a place to stay or if you need help, I am here for you."
I took some heat in Season 1 for being judgmental of Russell’s character, but remember, though he was polite to me, I had formed my opinion, not on vicious gossip (of which there was plenty) but solely based on his wife's direct account of their volatile marriage.