“Real Housewives of Orange County” star Taylor Armstrong’s daughter Kennedy Armstrong celebrated her 17th birthday in February 2023, and the proud mom shared photos on Instagram showing just how much her little girl has grown.
“My baby is turning 17 today… I can’t believe how amazingly strong and beautiful she is. She is my arrow and I am her bow,” Taylor, 51, captioned an Instagram post on February 25, 2023.
Taylor, who was previously featured on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” is the first “Real Housewives” alum to switch franchises. When she first appeared on RHOBH, Kennedy was only four years old.
Taylor left RHOBH in 2013 after her ex-husband Russell Armstrong died by suicide. She spent the next several years staying out of the limelight and focusing on helping Kennedy to heal from the trauma.
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Taylor Armstrong ‘Can’t Believe How Fast Time Flies’
Kennedy Armstrong is now a high school student and a cheerleader who attends school in Orange County, CA, according to her private Instagram account.
On February 25, 2023, Taylor also shared a photo on Instagram featuring side-by-side comparison photos showing Kennedy when she was much younger and a more recent pic. “I’m so proud to be your Momma,” she captioned the post.
Fans reacted to the snap in the comments section.
“OMG she is so big now!!! Looks like you so much,” one person wrote.
“I can’t believe how big she is and I’m just a fan of the show. lol,” someone else added.
“Taylor, you are an Amazing Mother…I remember watching all those years ago & thinking how you did all you could, to make Kennedy, Happy & Safe….And here she is, Utterly Beautiful & Celebrating her 17th Birthday….You are Brave, You are Special & You did so Well,” another Instagram user wrote.
“Omg!!! Amazing to see her growing up,” a fourth comment read.
Taylor Armstrong Opened Up About the Healing Process She & Her Daughter Went Through After Russell Armstrong’s Death
Taylor’s troubled marriage to Kennedy’s father was documented on season 1 by RHOBH cameras, which captured growing tensions between the couple. In July 2011, Taylor filed for divorce amid allegations that Russell had been verbally and physically abusing her.
“I hope we can co-parent as healthy as possible,” Taylor told People magazine in an exclusive interview at the time. She added she hoped to share joint custody of their daughter with her ex.
“He’s an amazing dad, and I want her to still think her dad is the greatest guy on the planet,” Taylor told the outlet.
But just one month later, Russell committed suicide at his home in Los Angeles, ABC News reported. Taylor continued shooting RHOBH until the end of season 3, when she decided the time had come to step away.
“After Season 3 and all that I was going through in my life, I decided I needed to take some time away from L.A. and all of the paparazzi,” Taylor told Bravo. “It was a little bit frightening for a while ‘cause I couldn’t go anywhere and I had my little girl and I wanted to take her away for a while and not have her exposed to people constantly yelling and asking me questions about what had happened.”
But Taylor said she returned to the franchise to offer hope to viewers who are facing their own struggles in life.
“I returned to HW’s because I wanted the viewers to see that there is life after tragedy,” she wrote on her Instagram Stories in December 2022. “When I left #RHOBH, my life was in such a horrible place and I want others who are going through difficult times to know they have strength not only to make it through adversity but to use their strength to support others. My story felt unfinished.”
Season 17 of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” is set to premiere in the spring of 2023, according to Hollywood Life. Kennedy will also be featured — albeit infrequently — on the show.
“You will see Kennedy this season on RHOC,” Taylor said on her Instagram Stories during a Q&A with fans, according to a February 2023 report on Showbiz Cheatsheet.
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