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Tamar Braxton blames reality-TV culture as she confirms her suicide attempt

Christie D'Zurilla, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Tamar Braxton confirmed Thursday that she attempted suicide earlier this month and blamed the culture of reality TV for damaging her mental health and pushing her to the point where she tried to take her own life.

"I believed that, that as a black woman, as an artist, an influence, a personality I could shape my world, and with whom I believed to be my partners, they could help me share my world," the singer and reality-TV personality wrote in a long missive posted on social media.

"Over the past 11 years there were promises made to protect and portray my story, with the authenticity and honesty I gave," she continued. "I was betrayed, taken advantage of, overworked, and underpaid."

Braxton, who has a new reality series scheduled to come out in September, appeared on WeTV's "Braxton Family Values" from 2011 to 2019 and "Tamar & Vince" from 2012 to 2017, competed on CBS' "Celebrity Big Brother" in 2019, and co-hosted the syndicated daily chat show "The Real" from 2013 to 2016.

"Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life!," which had been set to debut July 30 on WeTV, was pushed to a Sept. 10 launch date after the singer and reality TV personality was found unconscious by boyfriend David Adefeso in a Los Angeles hotel room on July 16. She was subsequently hospitalized.

"It was only God's grace and his mercy on my attempt to end my pain and my life that I am here to utilize my voice," she said in her social media statement.

 

"I wrote a letter over 2 months ago asking to be freed from what I believed was excessive and unfair," Braxton said, referencing a missive she reportedly sent to WeTV executives. "I explained in personal detail the demise I was experiencing. My cry for help went totally ignored. However the demands persisted."

She said that although she strived to be a good mother, daughter, partner, sister and person, the only thing that mattered was how she was portrayed on television.

"It was witnessing the slow death of the woman I became, that discouraged my will to fight. I felt like I was no longer living, I was existing for the purpose of a corporations gain and ratings, and that killed me," she said.

In a June 2 letter to WeTV executives that was obtained by the Blast, Braxton reportedly likened them to the "cruel white slave masters who once chained our forefathers." She warned them she was suicidal, accused them of exploiting secrets she was not yet willing to share and blamed them for turning her family members against one another, the Blast reported.

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