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Taylor & Russell Armstrong Attend Marriage Counseling On The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills

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Nov. 29 2011, Published 3:00 p.m. ET

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By Adam S. Levy - Radar Staff Writer

It was another uncomfortable episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Monday, as viewers got to sit in on counseling sessions between Taylor Armstrong and her late husband Russell, wading through the numerous issues in their six-year marriage that, it now appears, was completely dysfunctional.

The show was taped prior to August 15, when Russell was found hanged at a Los Angeles home; during their therapy session on Monday's episode, Taylor, 40, said that while she and Russell “clearly love each other,” the highs and lows of their marriage were just too much to bare.

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She said, “When Russell is good to me, it's better than any other good I can imagine ... when he’s not, it hurts more than anything in the world.”

Russell, in therapy, came clean in that he was not the most attentive husband he could be, as well as copping to having anger issues. (Both on the show and following his death, Taylor claimed Russell was physically abusive to her, to the point she was concerned he would kill them both in a murder-suicide.)

Still, in the televised therapy sessions, Russell seemed rational, articulate and optimistic a turnaround was in store for he and Taylor.

"The good news is there's nothing that's happened in this marriage that's so damaging that neither one of us can not recover," Russell declared. "I know there are issues with me being absent because of work, or when I get angry ... that's when we argue.

“It's not a nice process -- you say things you don't mean -- the problem is that without the counseling, you're going through a life out of control.”

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As we previously reported, Russell, 47, is survived by wife Taylor and three kids: son Aiden (with ex-wife Barbara Fredrickson); son Griffin (with former fiancée Milette Fields); and daughter Kennedy (with Taylor).

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs on Bravo Mondays at 9/8c.

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