(August 25, 2011) – As news and photos begin to emerge from Russell Armstrong‘s funeral in Los Angeles yesterday, it is comforting to learn that no one seems to be pitting his estranged widow, Taylor Armstrong against Russell’s Texas family.
Instead a picture is finally beginning to emerge of a civilized memorial service where “there was only love in the room” between Taylor and Russell’s family, according to RumorFix.com.
“Taylor even said that when Russell asked her to marry him, he had one of his sons from a previous relationship present her the ring to show that the kids also accepted Taylor,” RumorFix.com reported this morning.
In the last week reading blog posts, magazine articles and newspaper interviews, we began to see a portrait of Russell’s Texas family that seemed to resemble a crass group of people who, in their grief, were lashing out with hatred at Taylor and Bravo, blaming both for his August 15, 2011 suicide.
Then a few days ago, we first began to watch the stream of videos of his mother, John Anne Hotchkiss‘s HLN interview with Jane Velez Mitchell and we began to wonder why any so-called journalist would choose to portray his mother as an aggressive, threatening woman who in print sounded like she belonged on the Jerry Springer Show.
Far from combative or belligerent in the HLN interview, his mother is an extremely loving and supportive of her daughter-in-law whom she said she does not want to bash. She did say she thought the first season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, particularly Lisa Vanderpump, was a source of stress both for herself and her son and that the show seemed to transform the Armstrong marriage from “happy and blissful” to a “star crossed” tragedy.
Our thoughts are prayers are with all of Russell’s family as they continue to grieve and struggle to make sense of this senseless tragedy. We are comforted in learning that both sides of the family are remaining civilized despite how some media outlets are trying to pit them against each other.