After ending her series regular status on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in 2012, Taylor Armstrong returned to the small screen for Season 2 of The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip. As many RHOBH fans will recall, Taylor was one of the OG cast members and debuted alongside Kyle Richards, Kim Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Adrienne Maloof, Camille Grammer, and Kim Richards.
Taylor shared many moments of her personal life while on the show. Although she appeared to be living the high life in Beverly Hills, viewers soon discovered she harbored many secrets about her first marriage to financier Russell Armstrong. Since leaving RHOBH, Taylor has found love again and tied the knot a second time.
Find out who Taylor’s new husband has been and what happened to her and Russell’s relationship.
‘RHUGT’ star Taylor Armstrong was married long before her new husband.
Taylor met her first husband Russell in 2005 when she worked as a waitress, per HollywoodLife. A year later, the couple married, and she gave birth to Kennedy in 2006. When she joined RHOBH in 2010, the cameras captured their marital woes. In Season 2, Camille disclosed to the group that Russell abused Taylor to the point where she needed reconstructive surgery.
The reveal caused an explosive fight between them, and Taylor’s breakdown became a famous meme. However, the abuse coming to light was no laughing matter and gave her the courage to file for divorce from Russell in July 2011.
Shortly after Taylor filed for separation, Russell committed suicide by hanging that August, which devastated Taylor. Following Russell’s death, Taylor left RHOBH after Season 3. According to People in 2014, she met her current husband, John Bluher, while seeking legal advice.
However, the attorney was already legally married to someone else and had three children. Although they tried to keep their relationship platonic, Taylor said she soon realized John was her perfect match.
“One day, we looked up, and it was like, ‘You look different!’ ” she told People. “It took both of us by surprise. I never thought I would look at a man again.”
John would later file for divorce. Upon finalizing the separation, he proposed to Taylor, and they married on a California beach in April 2014. Since then, John legally adopted Taylor’s daughter, Kennedy, and they moved to Orange County, Calif.
Russell Armstrong left Taylor Armstrong in debt after he died.
Among Taylor's many marital struggles captured on RHOBH, the series also dove into Russel's financial troubles at the time. However, the full truth about the venture capitalist’s debt wouldn’t come out until after his suicide.
Russell owed $1.5 million at the time of his death. The debt reportedly included $50,000 in assets, a lawsuit with a medical company, and a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. Due to them being legally married when he died, Taylor became responsible for the debt.
In 2012, the Daily Beast reported she reached a settlement of $1 million, which the Bravo alum couldn’t afford. Eventually, she sold several of her luxury items, including a 10-carat diamond ring and two fake Birkin bags. Yikes!
Fortunately, Taylor didn’t let her chaotic first marriage stop her from changing her life. Now that she has a new man who adores her and Kennedy, she said she’s ready to stay focused on the future.
“The only thing that bothers me about my relationship with John is that we found each other [later] in life," Taylor told People. "I wish I could have had a lifetime with him. The past is behind me. I’m finally getting to be the person I was meant to be.”
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