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Tamar Braxton Addresses Suicide Attempt for the First Time

By Daryl Nelson
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Many seemed to be shocked at reports that Tamar Braxton tried to commit suicide earlier this month

It happened in her hotel room at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Los Angeles. Her boyfriend David Adefeso called police and said that Braxton was unconscious after ingesting pills and alcohol. 

The singer and reality star has remained silent about the suicide attempt but addressed it for the first time today, July 30th. She said her suicide attempt had to do with reality show producers taking advantage of her for more than a decade.






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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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"First and foremost, Thank you," wrote Braxton on Instagram. "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. 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 added. "I explained in personal detail the demise I was experiencing. My cry for help went totally ignored ... It was only God's grace and his mercy on my attempt to end my pain and my life that I ham here to utilize my voice."

Hopefully, Braxton will get the help she needs and heals sooner than later.

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