Tamar Braxton Believes Being Fired From ‘The Real’ Was The Start Of Her Mental Health Struggle
Singer Tamar Braxton has lived much of her adult years in front of the camera and though the public has seen much of her success, unfortunately, some of her low points have been captured in the public eye as well.
The popular reality television star opened up about her mental health struggles in a conversation on actress Taraji P. Henson’s Facebook Watch series Peace of Mind With Taraji. She discussed the thoughts going through her mind when she attempted to take her life earlier this year, where she was found unconscious by her then-boyfriend, David Adefeso, saying she believed her 7-year-old son Logan “deserved better.”
She also depicted what contributed to the beginning of her downward spiral. She said,
‘The first time I knew that things wasn’t normal, was when everything went down with ‘The Real.’ I was in my bedroom; it was completely dark.”
Tamar Braxton is referring to the shocking news when she was fired from daytime talk show “The Real”, which she co-hosted with Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry Housley. WeTV captured Tamar Braxton after finding out about the loss of her job four years ago and her sharing it with her oldest sister, megastar Toni Braxton (watch below).
‘I was able to hide it enough, to pull myself barely out of it, and then I go back to the same toxic lifestyle, without dealing with everything that happened to me prior, and that is continually happening to me, right? From day-to-day, I was just barely sliding by, you know? I just felt choked ’cause it was no escape. I just didn’t see another way out… I wanted to die, everything was going wrong.’
Tamar, the youngest of six siblings, five of them being the popular Braxton sisters, also gained fame for her no-holds-barred attitude on WeTV’s “Braxton Family Values” with her older sisters. Over a span of nine years, the sisters have unveiled troubled times amongst their family, but always seemingly working things out in the end.
In the conversation with Taraji P. Henson, Tamar continued to touch on her dark times in her mental health saying,
‘I had no relationship with my family, I was estranged from my sisters, including my mother, and I worked with my family. We had no healing time. My relationship with my fiancé at the time was out of control, I saw no signs of nothing. The relationship with my child was surface, meaning like, yeah I check in, but I wasn’t really checkin’ in. I would make him some food but I didn’t know if he liked it, you know what I mean, and with myself, I gained 50 pounds, so I didn’t even recognize myself anymore. That should have been such a huge sign to me, that something is WRONG, that things are not going well, at all.’
Hopefully, Tamar Braxton is getting the help she needs these days. We’re glad to see her opening up about her struggles. If you or anyone you know battles mental health, you can go to www.nimh.nih.gov for more information.
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