Just two months before taking his own life, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Russell Armstrong met with Maer Roshan—founder of the now defunct Radar magazine—to discuss investing in Roshan's latest venture TheFix.com, a website about addiction and recovery. Their two-and-a-half hour discussion turned out to be Armstrong's final interview, one in which he professed his love and admiration for his wife Taylor (just two weeks before she filed for divorce) and his disdain for the "evil" producers at Bravo, whom he blamed for ruining his life.
Armstrong was apparently very much interested in addiction and recovery because of his sister, who had been addicted to crystal meth until Armstrong paid for her treatment at the tony Malibu Beach Recovery center, and his father, an alcoholic. He showed up late for his meeting with The Fix and said, "I'm sure you think I'm a total douchebag," to which Roshan replied, "Uh, kind of."
"Well, you shouldn't believe everything you see on TV!" Apparently Armstrong was under the impression that these people were put off by how he came across on The Real Housewives, rather than that he'd kept two sober people waiting in a hotel bar late at night for a half hour. He referred to himself as a "pathetic stock character" and "just a guy I play on TV." Regular viewers of the show might find it weird that he was apparently so obsessed with supposedly being vilified on reality TV. At best, he came across as a doting father and hard worker. At worst, he came across as a cold workaholic who was perhaps out of touch with his wife's emotional needs. The persona of the "monster Russell" only emerged in the months before his death as his shady business dealings and alleged violent behavior came to light in the press. Still, Armstrong blamed everything on the show and the network: