Why did Russell Armstrong take his own life? According to sources, the 47-year-old husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong was allegedly bisexual and was worried that a tell-all book was going to out him.
An insider told RadarOnline: “About six months ago Taylor confided in a close friend that she'd found history for a gay website called Adam4Adam.com on Russell's laptop. He was also spending a lot of time at the gym, but his body wasn't changing, which she claims led her to believe he was meeting with men he'd met off the website and not spending time working out as he claimed.”
The insider said the book (the author was not mentioned) went into "great detail" about Russell’s private life. “Not only was it going to come out that Russell was bisexual, but there were people on the record that were going to talk about the kind of sex he liked. He was into S&M type stuff; choking, and slapping.”
According to TMZ, Taylor was at the Mulholland Drive house when Russell's dead body was discovered. The 40-year-old reality star became concerned for her husband’s well being when he failed to show up for a meeting and did not respond to her phone calls and texts.
Taylor reportedly went to the house where her ex was staying with a friend and raised her concern with the home owner, who looked through Armstrong's bedroom window and saw his body hanging.
Russell's ex-wife Barbara Frederickson publicly assigned blame for the suicide to Taylor. Frederickson told RadarOnline: “I don’t care for her (Taylor Armstrong) at all. I think she’s the reason for this.”
The cable network Bravo is still deciding whether to air the new series of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as planned on September 5. “No decisions have been made as of yet,” a Bravo source told the New York Daily News.
Bravo released a statement expressing their condolences yesterday regarding the tragedy: “All of us at Bravo are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Our sympathy and thoughts are with the Armstrong family at this difficult time.”
Taylor released a statement through her rep saying she is "devastated by the tragic events. “She requests privacy at this time so that she may comfort her young daughter.”