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Taylor Armstrong: I love Russell to this day

Taylor Armstrong has confessed that she still loves her late husband Russell Armstrong despite her claims that he abused her.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star appeared on The Today Show to promote her new book Hiding From Reality: My Story of Love, Loss and Finding the Courage Within.

She revealed that she was in two minds on whether to speak out about her abuse after Russell committed suicide last August.

But she now hopes she can help other women going through the same things she did.

"I got out way too late," she said candidly. "I hope by others hearing the story they may get out sooner."

"When I wrote Hiding From Reality, I wanted it to be real and honest. Some of it was difficult to write. I love him to this day and miss him terribly."

Taylor added that it was hard to watch the most recent season because it was clear she was having a nervous breakdown.

"I was trying to keep a lid on a boiling pot; trying to hide the personal relationship while trying to be in front of the cameras," she recalled. "It was seeping out too much."

The mother-of-one also addressed concerns that it was being on the reality show that pushed Russell to hang himself, but she says that the financier enjoyed being in the spotlight.

"He loved it - he loved being in the media," Taylor remembered. "He would wake up every day and go to his Blackberry and the first thing he would do is look at Google Alerts with his name on it."

Taylor's new book is released on Tuesday.

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