Although I don’t watch Bravo’s Real Housewives series, I do watch the news. Yesterday, Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member Taylor Armstrong, committed suicide. According to CNN, Russell’s lawyer is convinced that his role in the show led to his depression by characterizing him as an abusive spouse. He hanged himself.
Part of the reason why I don’t watch the Real Housewives is because they aren’t real. They are scripted so as to play up the drama. But the truth is: real life can be boring, even if happily so. Real life can also be tragic. Marriages fail. People get sick and die.
I’m sorry that Taylor and her family are experiencing the tragic realities surrounding her husband’s death. And I’m sorry that her artificial life as a housewife is so public that she is now denied privacy in her real life as a housewife.
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