Taylor Armstrong has opened up about her longtime friend Kyle Richards’ shocking split from husband Mauricio Umansky.
Appearing on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” On Tuesday, the 52-year-old ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ star gushed about the estranged couple she’s known for more than a decade.
“You know how much I love Kyle and I want Kyle to be happy,” Armstrong said of his former “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” co-star.
“I love them both so much and I know they will always love each other. I want everyone to be happy. I’m so neutral on this whole issue.
Armstrong struck up a friendship with the mother of four during her time on “RHOBH” during the show’s first three seasons.
After a brief hiatus from television, Armstrong moved to Orange County and now appears frequently on “RHOC” as a “friend of a housewife.”
Page Six confirmed on July 3 that Richards and Umansky, who tied the knot in January 1996, have decided to go their separate ways after 27 years of marriage.
The fan-favorite couple admitted to having a “difficult” year in a joint statement on Instagram, writing, “We love and respect each other tremendously. … There was no wrongdoing on anyone’s part.
Some of Richards’ “RHOBH” co-stars have since weighed in on the split, with Garcelle Beauvais telling viewers of “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” in July that she and co-star Sutton Stracke had been “suspicious.” towards the couple. .
Meanwhile, Erika Jayne insisted that Richards and Umansky are not breaking up.
“I’m going to let Kyle really explain, but they’re not breaking up,” Jayne said with certainty in an interview with Billboard in July. “They went through very difficult times. They recognized him.
Jayne – who is still grappling with the aftermath of her own messy split from disgraced former lawyer Tom Girardi – said it was “better” for Richards to “tell her own story”.
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Shortly after news of their split broke, Richards and Umansky released a joint statement clarifying that all reports of their “divorce are false.”
“But yes, we had a difficult year. The hardest part of our marriage,” the couple added.
The Bravolebrities share three daughters: Alexia, 27, Sophia, 23, and Portia, 15. Umansky also helped raise 34-year-old Farrah Brittany, whom Richards welcomed into her first marriage to Guraish Aldjufrie.
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The couple are still on good terms and even vacationed with their daughters in Italy last month.
Their dolce vita getaway took place weeks after they spent July 4th together.
Additionally, the ex-couple have remained friendly on Instagram, with The Agency co-founder even gushing over Richards’ steamy music video with country singer Morgan Wade when it was released on August 10.