Tamar Braxton is speaking out after she was hospitalized in LA on July 16, for what she reveals was an attempt to ‘end’ her life. In a lengthy note, the singer opens up about mental illness, feeling ‘overworked’ and ‘underpaid.’
Tamar Braxton has broken her silence after she was hospitalized in mid-July for what she now says was an attempt to “end” her life. In a lengthy note on Instagram, alongside a photo of her and son, Logan Herbert, 7, the Grammy-winning singer, 43, thanked fans for their support. She went on to explain that her “cry for help” fell on deaf ears, which led in part to her hospitalization.
“Over the past 11 years there were promises made to protect and portray my story, with the authenticity and honesty I gave,” she wrote in part of her caption, explaining, “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.”
Unfortunately, Tamar said her letter was ignored. “However the demands persisted,” she confessed, noting, “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.”
Tamar continued with a note about mental illness. “[It’s] real. We have to normalize acknowledging it and stop associating it with shame and humiliation,” she said, writing, “The pain that I have experienced over the past 11 years has slowly ate away at my spirit and my mental.”
Tamar’s statement comes after she was found unresponsive at the Ritz-Carlton Residences at LA Live on July 16. At the time, LAPD told HollywoodLife they answered a call at 9:45 pm, that was generated from the Ritz Carlton in Downtown Los Angeles for an individual with a “medical emergency.” Police added that the individual was transported from the Ritz Carlton. Though, authorities did not identify the individual in crisis.
Tamar was with her boyfriend, David Adefeso at the time of her distress, as heard in a 911 audio call obtained by HollywoodLife. David can be heard panicking on the call, telling a 911 dispatcher in part, that his girlfriend “has been drinking. She’s on medication for depression. I don’t know how much. She sent a letter earlier. Just ask them to hurry.”
At the time the news broke, WEtv, the network that airs numerous shows Tamar stars in, tweeted its support for the singer. Braxton Family Values also shared the same statement on Twitter. Additionally, Tamar’s family, including sisters Traci and Towanda Braxton asked for prayers at the time of her hospitalization. Additionally, Tamar’s former The Real cohost, Adrienne Bailon asked for prayers for her friend in a candid video on July 21.
If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.
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