In his first sit-down interview since the financial troubles from which he has struggled for years were revealed, Jax Taylor opened up to FOX411 about the struggles that led to his undoing and his future plans with wife Brittany Cartwright.
The former “Vanderpump Rules” star filed for bankruptcy in 2013 and has continued to struggle in his past financial hardships.
According to accounts on past tax returns shared by an E! News producer, Taylor has never paid property taxes on his $1.5 million homes in Malibu and Marina del Rey, Calif.
In addition, he has “inherited” $1.7 million from his parents, but has only paid just $40,000 in state and local taxes.
“I’m in the middle of five years of non-payment on my tax bill, and taxes on my business are completely messed up,” Taylor admitted to FOX411. “I’m starting to get the documents now that I need.”
He says he is trying to renegotiate his loans from both banks and the Federal Housing Administration and “withholding his wages is the best thing I can do to pay my bills.”
It all came to a head earlier this month when TMZ uncovered Taylor’s alleged past liens in the state of California.
Taylor was upset about the allegations and took to social media to voice his disappointment.
“These stories are obviously trying to hurt me. The public doesn’t know everything about me and neither do I. I take pride in my integrity and this is how I handle things. I’m no saint,” he told the website.
Meanwhile, Taylor says the allegations against him have been “exaggerated and taken out of context.”
“My lawyers are going to get everything sorted out for me,” he said. “I’ve always paid my bills and will continue to pay my bills in the future.”
The Vanderpump Rules star told FOX411 that the show’s cast members have been supportive of him, saying he was trying to straighten out his finances.
“It’s a process that has been ongoing for a long time. … I want to be successful. I want to live a full life. I have been a broke player on the market for years and people couldn’t understand. I’m not just a gambler, I’m not just just a drug addict or whatever the case may be.”
Asked if he thought he would ever get on the show again, Taylor declined to speculate but said he’s done six or seven stints in rehab and intends to “be on top of things.”
“I’m gonna get off the couch and do it,” he said.