Taylor Armstrong: My Marriage Was Abusive

Taylor and Russell Armstrong

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updated 07/28/2011 AT 10:00 AM ET

originally published 07/28/2011 AT 8:15 AM ET

Taylor Armstrong’s troubled marriage was thrown into the spotlight last year on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. But behind the frequent on-air spats lurked a darker reality.

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Taylor, who filed for divorce from Russell Armstrong on July 15, reveals she was verbally and physically abused during their nearly six-year marriage.

“I felt like I was dying inside,” she says. “Now, there’s some sense of peace.”

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