Let’s talk reality. I’m so tired of friends not standing up and supporting one another when they know the truth. This week’s episode makes it look like I wasn’t keeping track of my precious Kennedy. Nothing could be further from the truth. And Kyle knows it.
It was Friday, the day of Kim’s nose unveiling party and I had meetings scheduled through the afternoon. Kennedy was to be spending the weekend with her grandparents in Orange County. My nanny was instructed to stop by Kyle’s house prior to meeting my mother to pick up Kennedy’s iPad. She had left it there during a playdate with Portia and the girls a few days prior.
When Kennedy and the nanny stopped by, Kyle suggested Kennedy go with she and Portia to Kim’s event so they could play together. Kyle and I live in the same neighborhood and Kennedy and I are very close with their family. She really enjoys playing and having sleepovers there. She is an only child at our house and being that it is just the two of us now, it can be pretty quiet at times. She loves being around Kyle’s girls and their friends and feeling like she’s part of a big family at times. The relationship has been a true blessing for us both during the last year and a half. I want her to feel love from as many people as possible.
Kyle is one of my closest friends and she truly has been like a second mom to Kennedy. The nanny was very aware of the strong bond between our families and knew I would have complete confidence having Kennedy with Kyle and family. She made the decision to let Kennedy stay without consulting me. She did let my mother know that Kennedy was with Kyle and would be coming down to O.C. in the morning. I was not called which was unacceptable. My mother assumed I had approved the change in plans.
Can Bravo please stop giving Faye & Marissa screen time. Marissa was nice at 1st but I'm so sick of her putting down her husband & saying she would like to be with someone else then saying but I love my husband. Faye is just an attention seeking groupie that has never matured. No one should be surprised that Kyle didn't stick up for you. She's weak by herself & your not super wealthy nor do you have a powerful husband who might buy properties from Mauricio. Stick with Lisa & Brandi they seem to be the only true & honest people.
Ok first of all it is not like the other housewives don't drink so I don't know why they are picking on you! But yes, it is good you are wanting to make smart choices and we all applaud that. Any one with any sense knows that the cameras make things look more dramatic than they are. It is obvious you are a loving mother who wants the best for her kiddo and sometimes miscommunications happen. Good job speaking up. And why in the world is Melissa even on this show? Her and Faye do not deserve screen time, not sure how that happened.
@emilydallas I haven't seen anyone picking on Taylor because she drinks, because to your point, they all drink. They are concerned because she ALWAYS seems to be hammered, which is not the case with the others. The montage of some of her most humiliating drunken moments should have been an eye-opener.
i feel like when people drink they really dont know whats going around them and i think thats what you did and your friends were concern about you be greatful you have friends that care about you and im glad your getting help
Well said Taylor! Live your life and find your happiness. Some of these women have too much time on their hands. It must be exhausting to be so delusional.
LOVE YOU TAYLOR. You are sounding more like brandi which is good because brandi isn't afraid to speak the truth and it sounds like you are doing the same! Shame on your nanny,that was NOT your fault,period!
Taylor i do wish you well. I will speak honestly and how i see it but know I mean it from a good and caring place. But you do seem to have your priorities in the wrong order. The fact that you were so desperate to be whisked off on a plane ditching you responsibilities by a man you didn't' know well speaks to your desperation. You seem like a lost puppy who who desperately wants to be accepted at any cost. I do hope you have a strong support system and get the help you really need. You have suffered an unimaginable tragedy and I think you need to take some time out of the limelight and heal yourself. Stop worrying about being on TV and missing out on the fun exploits with the girls...they aren't' going anywhere. You need to heal yourself and your darling daughter. Best of luck to you.
Yeah, Taylor! Cracking up after reading your blog, loving your honesty ... and an intervention coming from Kim, who is clearly still working on her own sobriety, was ridiculous. Kyle tagging along and (again) letting her do the dirty work, even more ridiculous. Keep speaking the truth, Girl!
Taylor do yourself and more importantly your daughter a favor and leave 90210. What is the point of living in that zip code if you are SO UNHAPP.? Go back to your hometown or where ever you have family and real friends (not pretend to care fake friends whose only interest is to make themselves look good on tv) get a FRESH Start. Why stay in 90210 and be miserable when you can live somewhere else and BE HAPPY!!! Create a healthy and happy life for you and your daughter. Best of Luck! Glad to hear you are moving on. Whether it was yours a Bravo's choice it truly is for the best. Its not to late to have a happy ending. =)
Taylor, I've followed the show since its beginning and you have always been one of my favorites. With that said, I'm soo happy to see you finally standing up for yourself, having the strength and convictions of your beliefs and the ability to see them through..kudos to you darling. I'm so ashamed of Kyle for not telling that pack of vultures the truth when it came to the situation with Kennedy. Your nanny explained the agenda to Kyle regarding Kennedy and Kyle was clearly aware the responsible thing to do would have been to call the mother of the child (her so called friend) and ask her approval for Kennedy to spend the night, then to add insult to injury Kyle stands there and allows these vultures to shred you apart and imply you were so kind of drunken unconcerned parent who was clueless about your only child. How dare Kyle call herself 'friend'. Taylor, I truly pray the rumors about you not returning next season are just that..rumors. You bring soooo much to the table. Your life has taken so many twists and turns over the past couple years and your insight, strength, and experience brings much needed hope to all women out there who have endured any one of the many tragedies you have suffered through, yet have come out a stronger more powerful woman. I applaud you Ms. Taylor Armstrong. Keep up the great work.
If there is one thing that drives me crazy is when newly sober people decide everyone around them has an issue. they all do it at first then like Brandi's friend Jen from Dr. Drew rehab learn to mind themselves and leave the person to be an adult and figure it out on there own. you had a rough year and maybe you will drink a little too much but I am sure you will go through the motions and move to a more equal place on your own. This country is out of control when it comes to substance abuse anyway and some of use just grow out of the party on are own. I think you will. so have fun being a mom when you are with Kennedy and have fun being a grown women when your not! your fine. And might I say without someone telling you how to act and surpressing your person a lot more FUN!!!
Well said, I am all about friends open and honest communication. I don't consider someone a friend that doesn't call me out when I'm slacking BUT,I can't imagine any correlation with kim "understanding hard times, and using alcohol as a crutch" (for 10-15 years now?) and pointing out your child's welfare?! She has been plastered since the show started, with child actor syndrome or whatever you want to call it..How does that compare to what you have been through? It's not the false concern that bothers me, it's the delivery and gossip the sisters entertained prior to it.
PS watch your step with Kyle. She may throw you under the bus like she did her own sister. I hate the way she is treating Lisa and Brandy. Her and Adrienne should be friends.
Taylor, you are a wonderful mother. I don't think this was a big deal. I am glad you were receptive to what kim and Kyle had to say to you about your drinking. I don't think anyone could blame you after what you have been through. You are always a lot of fun to see. You are one of the most geniune of all of the housewives. Don't ever change you are well loved. I am praying that you find romance and peace. It was nice to see the girls open up to you and offer true friendship. Especially Kyle I get so tired of her not standing up for her friends and not telling her true feelings. She is always so politically correct and guarded which is annoying to watch. God bless you Taylor. You are an inspiration to so many womenf who have been though similar type incidences.
Don't worry about it Taylor. All of these woman drink at every single event, whether it be dinner, lunch or an event. It was actually refreshing to see that sometimes people get tipsy. There have been times when only 2 glasses of wine have gone totally to my head. As for the Kennedy issue, I have this to say about Kyle. She is always the one to make everyone's private business public and then sits back and observes everyone else dish on it. She feigns innocence because she then takes herself out of the conversation that ensues. If she was a true friend, she would keep your business and everyone else's to herself. If she was confused about Kennedy or your reaction - that should have been a private conversation between you and her. It was no one else's business. She stirs the pot and she creates the drama. And then pretends to be soooo concerned. She doesn't fool me one bit.
Good job, Taylor. It has been truly remarkable watching you carefully and delightfully emerge from the shadow of Russell's control and horrific death. No need to point it out...YOU know you are stronger, freer, and in touch with your reality. YOU know you are a great mother. And YOU know what true friendship is. May God continue to bless you and Kennedy. xo
Taylor, I'm already irritated at the little intervention clip Bravo's been showing. I hope there is some redeeming quality that comes from it, so I'll reserve judgment until after the show. Bravo has been taking some pretty big liberties with sobriety, the process and where cameras are acceptable. As I said, I'll wait to see what unfolds tonight before making any further comment.
Taylor, I really hope you are not shown the door next season. I think we are just beginning to see the "real" Taylor, and I have enjoyed your antics. Kyle is vile, you should stay away from her and her behind the scenes plotting. I hope to see you season 4 and I hope Kyle and Kim are given their marching orders. The sisters are too vile to watch anymore. Do not joint the mean girl camp at the reunion or it will mean you do not return.
Well said Taylor i must say that was the BEST blog you have done by far. So if being in love, happy and speaking out was on your check list, you can take them off. Glad your smiling again. xxx
Taylor, I knew that was the case the minute I saw the episode. I believe you 100%. Kyle is NOT your friend. Please, stop treating her like she is.
greenbean loyalty_is_vintage_ Me too. K&K are ranking right up there with Faye R in unbelievably cruel behavior.
Taylor, If I were you I would quickly distance myself from Kyle, Adrienne and Marissa. Kyle was horribly wrong to not call you to tell you that Kennedy was there. This Is sometthing I would not leave to a nanny to do. As parents we always called the other mothers to let them know their child was with us. (thats a great name for a rock band:other mothers). Anyway, my point is that not only did Kyle not bother to call you, she capitalized on it to make you look bad and her look like mother Teresa. I hope by now you have read her blog where she comes off like a savior for Kennedy. Find other REAL friends for you and Kenndy as it is not Kyle or Adrrienne.
Taylor! Way to go on this blog! I agree, you don't owe anyone an explanation. I don't understand why Kyle didn't defend you and the previews for the next episode are so irritating.
Oh...THERE you are...I think this is the real Taylor...now you are seeing Kyle for who she really is...and maybe how cruel you have been to Kim. I enjoy you when you are not drinking...you have an honesty that is like Brandi's..that is a great compliment, Taylor.
That "Shroud of Turin" comment really cracked me up, and my husband too! If you really wrote this blog on your won I haven't given you enough credit for being a really smart gal. Way more clever, together, and funny than as the show presents you. I love the blog. Keep it real girl! Stay on the show and Show people Who You Really Are, one terrific smart lady getting her act together again and taking no prisoners!!!
@ellen.barnes.182 We already know who and what she is! I hope she is replaced but certainly not by horrendous Faye.
MizzouTraveler I think that I'm starting to warm up to her too. It's been a slow start that's for sure.
"Perhaps Kyle should save the cover on her white formal chair and years from now, archeologists may think they have discovered another Shroud of Turin.". Funniest line ever! I honestly LOL. I've never liked Taylor because she always plays to Kyle and wanting her acceptance. Yup she's a hot mess, and really I think playing victim and blaming more on Russell than was there, his problems were his. I do think she needs to rid herself of Kyle who always wants her to feel like a broken victim so Kyle can make herself feel better.
If what you say is true, that is pretty sad that Kyle didnt tell everyone what was going on with your daughter. Hope you find happyness, you have had a lot going on in your life
I feel like we're seeing more of your personality shining through, and I love listening to you! Yes, I think that other viewers and cast-mates have a point that the alcohol is a little (or a lot, perhaps - I would argue that the editing makes it hard to say) out of control. However, in some of your most hilarious moments (these are times that I think YOU should be called the "truth cannon"), you don't appear to be drunk at all, much less sloshed.
Is it obvious that you're drinking too much at times? Yes. Is it hilarious what comes out when you're just tipsy enough to be honest about all the BS that goes on? YES. But in the end, we can not sit here as viewers and legitimately declare "alcoholic!" when all that we see of you is one out of 168 hours compressed into an episode in which you may only get limited screen time, So, if you do read these comments (and I have no clue on that one - I personally wouldn't be able to stay away but it would be time consuming), know that I, and I think many, many of us, have confidence that you'll get through whatever substance issues might be brewing for you,
Why? Because you're getting your strength back - it's obvious. That's the new Taylor swag we're seeing. And the same strength that's giving you more of a backbone and new personality is also going to be the strength that pulls you through these hard times. Where Kyle stirs the pot in a passive-aggressive, malicious sort of way, you just come right out and say what's on everyone's mind. Even the fact that you were smiling and looking amused by watching them squirm at the tea party had me laughing my ass off because you're calling certain women out on acting like the gossip girls, overgrown children, or the liars that they are, and you're not making any apologies, excuses, or backtracking. I loved that you were smirking because you have every right to call some of those "ladies" out on their ongoing hypocrisy, which continues to soar to unbelievable heights.
And now I've written a book. It just struck as I watched this week that for one thing, I was feeling defensive of you, and for another, you've been growing on me for some time now. Keep that head held high, because people are kicking you while you're down. However, I think you can take it and give it right back to them, and I hope you do.
Bravo, Taylor, I am loving Taylor's blog this week! I agree with all of it! Who the hell is Kim Richards? and why does she think Taylor has to answer to her?
I think it was just idiotic that Marissa was making any comments about the situation with Taylor and her daughter for the fact tht she does not know them. I find Marissa to be another classless addition...like Faye (fake ass) Resnick. The way she goes on camera and speaks of her husband...just disgusting! Please, Kyle, stop trying to add these people to the show!
All I have to say about Adrienne is that she is a damn hypocrit!
Do what you need to do for YOU! You have a nanny for Kennedy so you know she is safe. Unfortunately there was a communication issue but it all worked out. I love the new you! When I was with the other man I was not me, I was shy, quiet and as you said in the first season that Russell controls the situation. I am now out going, have many friends and have been told that I'm very witty. Who would have known? Be you, be the best damn you that you can and enjoy life! You do not have to explain anything to anyone. Life is too short to worry about whose nose is fixed or up someones bottom. :-)
Finallyyy... someone stating the truth!
Your side of the story totally makes sense. Kyle didn't hesitate in making you seem like a careless mother. You can't expect better from her though... She only helps the people who help her husband make money.
i want to get a jump on Mondays show.. ok Kim saying anything to you about drinking is way and i mean way out of line.. and to do in front of a camera again a super big no no.. she is not got any sober life or days down her self and for her to say anything is sooo wrong it makes so mad i could spit.. she and Kyle are not your friends not really if they want to drag that out. its on you and real friends who will take you aside and hand you a little booklet with 10 questions on it that will ask you about your drinking..
Taylor - am I beginning to like you?? What is going on! I read Kyle's blog before yours and she also made me like at least the side of her that has been showing kindness in giving Kennedy a fun, active home away from home without any fan fare. After reading your blog, though, I find it unfortunate she didn't clarify to any and all with whom she was gossiping about your call that you DID know where your daughter was per your approved plans! That, again, seems to be her MO - she cannot accidentally be forgetting key pieces of information. Maybe you can clarify....is she really this dumb or are you beginning to see the shadier side of Kyle??? Keep keeping it real...your getting a positive following.
Don't make excuses for you being drunk that day. When you start doing that, there's a problem. Just say YAH - I got DRUNK. There you have it.
Oh I almost forgot...don't make the same mistakes Dina made with her party planning efforts by working for friends on a budget no one wants to see that just an FYI.
Great Blog! Thanks for the explanation about that phone call (not that you owe me or anyone else one). It was just rather strange and I kind of worried that you might be slipping again. I have to say Taylor, I have not been a fan of you these past few years. However, this season I have been impressed with you. I think that perhaps I'm seeing "Taylor" for the first time.
I understand editing and how you were caught off guard with Kennedy's whereabouts... I'm curious if you recall the Nanny calling you or even your Mom. You're not my fan favorite but I'm cognizant to know it may not have played out the way presented to viewers. As for Kim...spot on... pot calling the kettle black. But lets face it you need some help. We are watching interactions from months ago... you last representation on WWHL was a train wreck!
I am so glad to hear your explanation. It was set up for TV but listen you want to be on the show you know what people will do on the show do let it roll off your back...your explanation sounds normal and I agree who the hell cares about a nose unvieling....you go girl go fly to Denver have fun and Kim was off her rocker to even throw that party. Why does anyone get upset with the false info on this show its all a show:) Go celebrate and have fun.
Have not necessarily been a fan of yours, but I REALLY don't want to see you go! I would like to see you get the same consideration Kim has had in trying to get her life back on track (if she's actually doing that). They could always fire Kyle (especially), Adrienne, Faye, Camille and Kim instead!
@BlingDong @Foonda I agree. She had her chance this season but she has been a mean drunk for most of the episodes. Her behavior at Portia's birthday, the Fosters dinner party and at Dar Magreb was horrible to watch and listen to.
Seeing all the girls (and I mean 'mean' girls, not ladies) sitting around Kim's picnic table, at the nose unveiling party, looked like a bunch of high school GIRLS gathering to plot the demise of a less socially acceptable girl...that being you (to them), Taylor, at that particular moment. Neither Adrienne or Marisa could wait to throw some snide or judgmental comment out. WTF??
For three seasons now, I haven't liked you at all. However, I did feel sorry for you after this episode. Kyle made no attempt to correct the ladies discussing you around the table insinuating you were a careless mother. The scenes from next week show her behaving the same way. It's too bad you felt Kyle wouldn't turn around and use you the same way she used her sister in Season 1. Yet, there she was....sitting back allowing the women to discuss you and all the while stating she "would NEVER" not know where Portia was at all times. Some friendship you invested in huh? Need I mention the WP last year too?
She used you like she does everyone else..... for camera time.
Taylor, I never thought I would get to this point, but I like you this season. It is starting to all make sense. The strain of your marriage took away your true spirit. It is obvious this season you are still growing and changing and making some missteps, but I can see good things happening for you. I am sorry you have a friend like Kyle who had no problem throwing you under the bus for show "drama." I would be LIVID. And that would be the end of the friendship. Loved how you handled Kim's annoying prodding. Am I the only one to whom Kim does not appear sober? She slurs in every episode. I don't get it. I liked her old nose so much better. Taylor, be happy. You have gone through enough. Lisa has always been direct and straightforward with you and I hope you can find other friends that treat you with that sort of respect. Once you made up at the original tea party she has always treated you with respect.