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Tamar Braxton has finally broken her silence following her recent hospitalization — accusing a television network of producing “exploitation,” overworking her, and underpaying her.
Braxton was rushed to hospital on July 16, after LAPD responded to an emergency call from her hotel room in downtown Los Angeles. She allegedly tried to take her own life.
At the time, her boyfriend, David Adefeso, had blamed WeTV for the breakdown during his call to emergency services — something Braxton also alludes to in her recent social media post.
“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,” Braxton writes.
She also says she wrote a letter “asking to be freed” from her “excessive and unfair” work demands; however, she says those demands were ignored.
“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,” she continued.
Since Braxton was admitted for treatment, WeTV announced that it would be postponing the release of her new show.
Braxton ended her post on an uplifting and defiant note:
“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.
“I will do everything in my power to aid those who from mental illness including those of us who’s mental was only a result from the toxic, systemic bondage that dwells in television. 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.”