Tamar Braxton took to Instagram Thursday to offer fans an update after her recent hospitalization, and explained that a “toxic” work environment led to her suicide attempt.
Nearly two weeks after she was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles, the R&B singer and reality star broke her silence with a lengthy statement that confirmed she tried to take her own life. She attributed her mental anguish to the pain she experienced working in reality TV and the entertainment industry.
“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,” Braxton, 43, wrote alongside a picture of herself with her 7-year-old son Logan Vincent Herbert.
“Over the past 11 years there were promises made to protect and portray my story, with the authenticity and honesty I gave,” she continued. “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.”
The statement went on to reveal that Braxton felt she had experienced “toxic, systemic bondage” while working in the television industry, noting that the letter she wrote in a cry for help went “totally ignored.”
“Mental illness is real,” she said. “We have to normalize acknowledging it and stop associating it with shame and humiliation.”
As Urban Hollywood 411 previously reported, Braxton was hospitalized on July 16 after being found unconscious at the Ritz-Carlton Residences at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. Her boyfriend David Adefeso was the one who found her unresponsive.
Braxton concluded her statement with a hopeful, positive outlook — saying she’s going to be taking her time to heal.
“I am learning to grow through my pain instead of looking for an escape. I’m on an irreversible path to healing, I am taking my time,” she said.