Singer Tamar Braxton speaks out for the first time since attempted suicide
The singer was found unresponsive by boyfriend, David Adefeso, in her hotel room two weeks ago, reports Drum. She was hospitalised, and the incident was thought to have been an attempted suicide. Later she was moved to a different Los Angeles hospital to get treatment for mental health.
Now, with a photo of herself holding her son, she writes on social media of the pain of working in the entertainment industry for the past 11 years. “I was betrayed, taken advantage of, overworked, and underpaid,” she said.
“Who I was, begun to mean little to nothing, because it would only be how I was portrayed on television that would matter,” she added. “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.”
The 43-year-old went on to talk about mental illness and breaking the stigma around it, saying she plans on using her “voice and experience to be an ally for every black and brown person who has suffered from the continued exploitation of reality television”.
“They promise us opportunity but produce exploitation, which has only developed a poor portrayal of black people in show business,” she said.
The star said she’s on an “irreversible path to healing”.
“My rise will not be in vain,” she said. “I will make it my mission to establish the initiative that fights for ethical business practices in reality TV, fights for the ownership of our businesses, promotes growth and evolution, of our stories, and gives us 100% equity in our freedom.”
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First and foremost, Thank you. 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. Every one of us has a desire, whether small or big, to make it out of where we come from to an ideal future place that includes, freedom to be who we choose, security for our children and families, and fortune to share with the ones we love. We believe these things can co-exist with just being happy. I believed that, that as a black woman, as an artist, an influence, a personality I could shape my world, and with whom I believed to be my partners, they could help me share my world. 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, 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. 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 slowly ate away at my spirit and my mental. (Swipe to finish )
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