Taylor Armstrong: 'Housewives' Likely Saved My Life
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' star Taylor Armstrong is opening up about her estranged husband's suicide and defending her decision to do the show.

Armstrong tells KTLA that she was in "an abusive relationship for six years," and the presence --or absence -- of cameras would not have altered that "reality."

She also calls the show her "saving grace" and says she and her 5-year-old daughter, Kennedy, would likely have fallen victim to domestic violence, had it not been for the program.

"If the cameras were not in my life, there's a good chance I wouldn't be sitting here today because a lot of domestic violence situations end in murder-suicide versus just suicide."

Armstrong says she spent five weeks in her house after her estranged husband, Russell Armstrong, 47, committed suicide. The troubled investment banker and venture capitalist was found hanging in a bedroom at a home on Mulholland Drive.

Many questioned whether being on the show contributed to his death.

Taylor Armstrong filed for divorce in July, claiming Russell physically abused her.

She says she has a titanium implant holding her right eye up as a result of the alleged violence.

"That's a pretty significant situation," she said.

Armstrong says the show gave her the platform to help other women in similar situations.

"I'm thankful to be here, especially for my daughter," she said. "Imagine if she had two less parents instead of one. It's been hard enough for her and I... I feel thankful at this point."