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

Christie D'Zurilla, Los Angeles Times on

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The 43-year-old, who has given herself the middle name "Slave" on her Twitter account, said that the pain she's suffered over the past 11 years "slowly ate away at my spirit" and blamed her mental illness on "the toxic, systematic bondage that dwells (on) television."

Braxton lamented the lack of a union or formal representation to protect those who appear on reality TV. Executives "promise us opportunity but produce exploitation, which has only developed a poor portrayal of black people in show business," she said.

An executive producer on 26 episodes of "Braxton Family Values" in 2018 and 2019 and an EP on "Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life!," she pledged to "use my voice and experience to be an ally for every black and brown person who has suffered from the continued exploitation of reality television."

Braxton concluded by declaring she would be focusing on finding her happiness "through professional treatment, for the sake of my whole heart, Logan, who I forgot in my moment of distress and desperation."

Logan, 7, is her son with ex-husband and manager Vince Herbert, whom she split from in 2017. She and Herbert appeared in "Tamar & Vince" when they were together.


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