Two weeks after Tamar Braxton was hospitalized in Los Angeles for a suicide attempt, the first real the co-host has issued a powerful statement about the impact of television reality on her mental health.
“I was betrayed, I benefited, I was overwhelmed and I paid,” Braxton wrote on social media on Thursday. “I wrote a letter two months ago asking to get rid of what I believed was excessive and unfair. I explained in personal detail the death I was experiencing. My cry for help was completely ignored. However the demands continued. Ush Who I was [began] to say a little about nothing, because I would be as I was portrayed on television that would matter. It witnessed the slow death of the woman I became, which discouraged my willingness to fight. I felt like I was no longer alive. I was existing for profit purposes and valuing a corporation, and that killed me. Mental illness is real. We must normalize accepting it and stop associating it with shame and humiliation. “
Braxton continued, emphasizing that “reality TV personalities have no unity, no protective clothing, no official representation that protects our work, our rights, our voices. They promise us opportunities, but produce exploitation, which has developed only a portrayal. weak blacks in the show business. “
After thanking her fans for their support, Braxton promised to “do everything in my power to help those who [suffer] from mental illness, including those from us [whose] mental illness was only the result of the toxic, systematic connection it inhabits [in] television. It was only the grace of God and His mercy in my quest to end the pain and my life that I am here to use my voice. “
Read Braxton̵7;s statement in full below:
A regular cast member on WE tv Braxton family values since 2011, Braxton also played against then-husband Vince Herbert in the spinoff Tamar & Vince from 2012 to 2017. She served as co-host of The truth from 2013 to 2016, during which she (along with her co-hosts) was nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards.
Although she was forced to withdraw Dancing with the Stars in 2015 due to an injury, Braxton returned to the world of reality racing in 2019, winning his second season of Famous Big Brother. She has also served as a further invited judge Gara Drag RuPaul (twice) and HBO Max’s legendary.
On the written front, Braxton has starred in episodes of Man of the soul, Being Mary Jane, In Cutting and Bold and beautiful.
Braxton’s next reality TV venture, Tamar Braxton: Take Your Life, was decided for the July 30 premiere on WE tv but has since been postponed. Watch the trailer below:
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