UPDATED: 1:08 a.m. ET, July 18 —
Before Tamar Braxton allegedly attempted to kill herself Thursday night, the singer and reality TV star sent a letter to the network that airs her show blaming it for making her become “suicidal,” according to a new report.
The youngest of the Braxton sisters was reportedly hospitalized after her boyfriend found her “unresponsive” from allegedly overdosing on a mixture of prescription pills and liquor. Hours after that news broke overnight and into Friday morning, the New York Post’s Page Six reported that Braxton sent the letter to We TV in response to an email from the network to its workers about its plan to address the Black community.
We TV airs “Braxton Family Values,” a reality show documenting the lives of the four sisters and their extended families. It is also the network behind Braxton’s new docuseries that chronicles her relationship with her boyfriend.
But We TV’s letter apparently triggered Braxton to write back and say how the network “has chosen to show the absolute worst side of a strong, independent and successful African American family” and compared the channel to “cruel white slave masters who once chained our forefathers, and the oppressive police forces that now terrorize our communities.”
She continued the slavery analogy later in the letter by saying that she has been “oppressed” and said she was asking We TV “to break the chains NOW and LET ME GO I am suffocating! I CAN’T BREATHE!!”
We TV told Page Six that it was “keeping [Braxton] and her family in our thoughts and prayers and joining with her fans sending strength and healing at this difficult time.”
Tamar Braxton has been hospitalized following what is being called “a possible suicide attempt,” according to a report from overnight. The 43-year-old singer was found “unresponsive” by her boyfriend, David Adefeso, at the Ritz Carlton Residences in Los Angeles after allegedly overdosing on prescription pills.
“We’re told David found Tamar ‘unresponsive’ and called 911 to report his girlfriend had been drinking and taken an unknown amount of prescription pills,” the Blast reported, citing anonymous sources who reportedly said “he believed it was a possible suicide attempt.”
It was unclear when the alleged possible suicide attempt took place.
As of early Friday morning, the Blast reported that Braxton was “stable condition but still unconscious” and “under 24-hour watch at the hospital.”
The Los Angeles Police Department told the Blast that it received a report Thursday night “in regard to a 43-year-old female who had a medical emergency listed as a ‘possible overdose.'”
Prior to the reported possible suicide attempt, Braxton had been prepping the release of her new docuseries that chronicled her relationship with Adefeso. People reported that the show, on the We TV network, also “explores the star’s journey with motherhood, love, and her career as she records a new album.”
Braxton reportedly posted and then deleted a tweet on Wednesday that her followers construed as “throwing a little shade” at “The Real,” a daytime TV talk show on which she was previously a co-hostess. According to the Inquistr, Braxton tweeted, ““ don’t know if y’all can feel it or not, but s**t is about to get really real, REAL soon!!”
It was unclear if the reports of Braxton’s “possible suicide attempt” had anything to do with that deleted tweet. Her Twitter timeline was otherwise filled with a mix of self-promoting tweets and others addressing beauty and fashion topics.
The report of Braxton’s “possible suicide attempt” came around the same time that Nick Cannon was posting cryptic tweets that some users on social media described as suicidal, as well. Cannon is embroiled in an anti-Semitic controversy following his firing this week from ViacomCBS over criticism of his commentary about Jewish people during an episode of his popular podcast from last month. After defiantly doubling down on his claims about “Hebrews,” Cannon was ultimately forced to apologize for his words before he tweeted early Friday morning that “Y’all can have this planet. I’m out!”
This is a developing story that will be updated as additional information becomes available.