Tamar Braxton Speaks Out On Pressure Of Reality TV Following Suicide Attempt
In her first social media post following an attempted suicide, Tamar Braxton speaks out on the pressure of being a reality TV star and the “toxic, systematic bondage” of reality TV.
“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,” Braxton said in an emotion-laden Instagram post along with a photo with her 7-year-old son, Logan.
The 43-year-old singer and actress was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after being found unresponsive following a suspected overdose on July 16 but has since been in a stable condition as she continues her recovery.
Braxton first thanked her fans for supporting her in the lengthy post:
“Thank you to each and every individual who has prayed for me, thought of me, sent me their love and has showered me with their support. In this present moment, it is my only responsibility to be real with myself and to be real with the ones who truly love me and care for my healing. I have without fail, shared with you my brightest days, and I know that sharing with you what has been my darkest will be the light for any man or woman who is feeling the same defeat I felt just only a week ago.”
Braxton, who has starred on the WE tv reality series “Braxton Family Values” with her mother and sisters, including Grammy-winning singer, Toni Braxton spoke about the pressures of her career as a reality star emphasising that she was “betrayed” and “taken advantage of”:
“Over the past 11 years there were promises made to protect and portray my story, with the authenticity and honesty I gave. I was betrayed, taken advantage of, overworked, and underpaid. I wrote a letter over 2 months ago asking to be freed from what I believed was excessive and unfair,” she wrote.
“I explained in personal detail the demise I was experiencing. My cry for help went totally ignored. However the demands persisted. It was my spirit, and my soul that was tainted the most. There are a few things I count on most to be, a good mother, a good daughter, a good partner, a good sister, and a good person. Who I was, begun to mean little to nothing, because it would only be how I was portrayed on television that would matter. 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.”
WE tv recently postponed her upcoming reality show Get Ya Life! following her hospitalization. Initially set to premiere July 30, it will now debut on September 10.
“Mental illness is real,” Braxton continued. “We have to normalize acknowledging it and stop associating it with shame and humiliation.”
Tamar Braxton said she will now do “everything in my power to aid those from mental illness, including those of us who’s mental illness was only a result from the toxic systematic bondage that dwells television.”
She added that: “Reality TV personalities have no union, no coat of protection, no formal representation that protects our labor, our rights, or our voices. They promise us opportunity but produce exploitation, which has only developed a poor portrayal of black people in show business.”
In the comment section, Braxton’s Nigerian boyfriend David Adefeso commended her for demonstrating courage “by being unafraid to speak truth to power.”