*Kandi Burruss of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” knows what it’s like to experience the death of a loved one while filming the show, and has offered support to her Beverly Hills counterpart Taylor Armstrong.
Burruss was in front of the cameras weeks after her ex-fiance Ashley “A.J.” Jewell died of massive head trauma in October 2009. It’s one reason why she feels tremendous empathy for Armstrong, whose husband Russell committed suicide on August 15.
“It kind of brought me back to that place when A.J. passed away,” Burruss tells The Hollywood Reporter. “His death was unbelievable, first and foremost, and it’s sad to me that she has to be overexposed in a time when she probably just wants to be alone.”
Burruss says Armstrong is likely overwhelmed “with all the press and people who coming out of the woodwork trying to talk to her” and can expect that “there will be a lot of people that show concern but then there are going to be times when she sees negative things and it will probably really cut deep.”
As someone uniquely qualified to comment on Armstrong’s situation, Burruss offers some advice: “The best thing Taylor can do is to keep pushing,” she says. “I know that sounds crazy. Like, Lord forbid you be out there having lunch and someone sees you smile and passes judgment. But even though you feel like everybody’s expecting you to stay in the house, you’ve got to keep yourself working and moving and doing things, because if she stops for a day or two, it’s so easy to fall into a depression.”
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” just finished shooting this week, Burruss revealed. A premiere date for season 4 has yet to be announced by the network.
In an interview with “Entertainment Tonight’s” Nancy O’Dell airing next Tuesday, Taylor will admit to being physically abused by her late husband.
On Monday’s episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”, Taylor Armstrong made some cryptic statements about being afraid of something in her marriage. The following day, ETOnline posted images of a banged up Taylor showing a very badly bruised eye. A friend snapped the photos of her in early July.
A source tells the magazine show that the housewife had just gotten Lasik eye surgery and that Russell had hit her so hard she dislocated her corneal flap. The housewife reportedly didn’t appear in public again until Aug. 1 for a press tour promoting the new season of the show.
In lighter “Housewives” news, the Hollywood Reporter has researched sales from all of the songs released by cast members throughout the seasons and discovered that “Tardy for the Party” by Atlanta’s Kim Zolciak, written and produced by Burruss, tops them all with 101,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Kandi’s own song “Fly Above,” which she performed on the show, comes in second with sales of 55,000. Placing dead last is “DC Housewives’” own White House crasher Michaele Salahi, whose “Bump It” moved a whopping 122 copies.
Speaking of the Salahis, Michaele’s husband Tareq today revealed that he believes his wife has been kidnapped. Click here to read more about that drama.
Real Housewives Song Sales:
Kim Zolciak (Atlanta)
“Tardy for the Party” – 101,000 downloads
Kandi Burruss (Atlanta)
“Fly Above” – 55,000*
Countess LuAnn (New York City)
“Money Can’t Buy You Class” – 19,000
Melissa Gorga (New Jersey)
“On Display” – 8,000
Gretchen Rossi (Orange County)
“Nothing Without You” – 5,000*
Danielle Staub (New Jersey)
“Real Close” – 3,000
Simon van Kempen (New York City)
“I Am Real” – 1,000
Michaele Salahi (Washington, D.C.)
“Bump It” – 122