Singer Toni Braxton finally broke her silence following her sister, Tamar Braxton, was hospitalized on July 16 following an alleged suicide attempt. Tamar also opened up about her wellness battle and called out WE tv for taking advantage of her and ignoring her wishes to be released from her contract. Braxton, Tamar and their sisters Traci Braxton, Towanda Braxton, and Trina Braxton celebrity in WE tv’s long-running Braxton Family Values reality show with their mom Evelyn Braxton.
Braxton shared an old photo of their sisters and their mother collectively on Wednesday. “Family is everything! Especially sisters!” Braxton wrote. Thousands of her Instagram followers commented. Meanwhile, the fans told Braxton that they prayed for their family and Tamar. “Praying for you and your loved ones. Hope you all are doing okay. Love you!” one fan wrote.
Tamar was rushed to the hospital July 16 after her boyfriend David Adefeso discovered her”unresponsive” in her downtown Los Angeles home. Ahead of the alleged suicide attempt, Tamar publicly complained about the way WE tv portrayed her family, even adding”Slave” to her Twitter name. In a letter Tamar wrote to WE tv executives weeks before she was hospitalized, she accused executives of making her”suicidal” and destroying her loved ones. She said the family was in”disarray” when WE tv achieved to workers for responses to the protests sparked by George Floyd’s passing.
“We struggle with each other, we betray one another, and now we are physically assaulting each other — all happening because your series has selected to demonstrate the absolute worst side of a powerful, independent and successful African American household; a series which I created to showcase a powerful Black Household as a beacon of hope for all the young black girls and boys out there; instead you educated and divides us into finding the worst in each other,” Tamar wrote to WE tv, reports Page Six. She also compared the network to”barbarous white slave masters who chained our forefathers, and also the oppressive police forces that today terrorize our communities”
On Thursday, Tamar said she felt“betrayed, taken advantage of, overworked, and underpaid” from WE tv for its past 11 years. She called for the introduction of a union to reality tv celebrities and accused WE tv of manipulating the show to portray her. “Who I was, started to mean little to nothing, because it’d only be how I was portrayed on television that could matter,” she wrote. “It had been witnessing the slow death of the woman I became, that frustrated my will to combat. I felt like that I was no longer alive, I was existing for the purpose of a corporations profit and ratings, which killed me.”
WE television reacted by finally letting Tamar out of her contract on Friday. She’ll still look in episodes of Braxton Family Values she’s already filmed. Her own series, Get Ya Life! , will still air in September.