Danielle Staub on Her Suicidal Thoughts & Taylor Armstrong (VIDEO)

Taryn Ryder / August 17, 2011

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In the wake of the tragedy that has struck Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong and her daughter Kennedy, 5, former Real Housewives of New Jersey “villain” Danielle Staub is talking to Entertainment Tonight about her own suicidal thoughts. 

“I was very close to taking my own life — not just on one occasion — it’s been several times,” Staub told ET, one day after news broke of Russell Armstrong’s suicide.

“And what always saved me was the thought of my children living with that for the rest of their lives. I didn’t want them to have that memory of me,” continued Danielle. “I wanted them to remember me — even if I’m going through my struggles — alive.”

True, Staub is no stranger to hate, but is it appropriate to compare her situation to that of the Armstrong’s so quick and publicly?

Continued Staub:

“There’s so much hate in this world. And I just hope that his children and Taylor, and his ex-wife as well, all know that my genuine heartfelt sympathy and empathy, especially empathy, is with them at this time and always.”

What do you think Celebuzz readers: is Danielle’s interview genuine or inappropriate?