Over a week ago, we reported on an apparent suicide attempt by singer Tamar Braxton. There were rumors floating around that the singer and reality star was being pushed too far with her television contract, inability to own her own image as well as other factors.
Well, this past Thursday, the 43-year-old Braxton confirmed many of those rumors. She revealed in a lengthy statement posted on her Instagram that she had attempted suicide after suffering “pain” for the past 11 years while working in the entertainment industry as a reality star.
A few bright spots in the letter to her fans was that Tamar explained how she’s on a “path to healing” following her recent hospitalization after she was found unresponsive in a hotel room earlier this month.
“First and foremost, thank you,” Braxton began, addressing her fans. “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.”
Tamar goes on to talk about how she got her and what her breaking point was.
“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. 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, which 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.”
This was all evidenced by when Braxton renamed her twitter profile to say “Slave Tamar Braxton” over the past several weeks.
She goes on to admit that, “Mental illness is real. We have to normalize acknowledging it and stop associating it with shame and humiliation. The pain that I have experienced over the past 11 years has