A week before Tamar Braxton’s bombshell revelation regarding childhood molestation, her sister, Traci Braxton sat down with TooFab to open up about her family’s recent intervention with Iyanla Vanzant.
The sisters are currently doing press rounds for the two-part season finale of their hit WE Tv show, Braxton Family Values. And though their interviews were days apart, they had starkly different experiences.
On Wednesday, Tamar Braxton sat down with Wendy Williams to discuss why she walked off the set during the meeting with Vanzant. She said she felt bothered and was forced walk out when her past trauma was brought up without her permission. She revealed to Williams that she was molested by family members on both sides. In a now deleted Instagram post, she called Vanzant the “devil” for exposing her truth and claimed the host sex-shamed her.
Traci said the family sought out Vanzant to help deter the turmoil captured by the cameras. Prior to brining Vanzant in, tensions were high amongst the group, exaggerated by a group walk-off over contracts and salaries, where each sister refused to film except for Traci.
“We sat with Iyanla and it was a good experience,” Traci said. “It opened up a lot of our eyes to a lot of things that were going on and how we should keep business, business and family, family.” She went on to say that crossing the two can cause major break downs in communication.
She also revealed why she kept filming without her sisters, even recruiting fellow reality stars Phaedra Parks, Natalie Nunn and rapper Flava Flav for a handful of episodes.
“To me, it was the fact that I have a contract. It’s like an athlete,” she continued. “You can’t walk out in the middle of the season, you can’t do that. Then no one won’t deal with you. You’re basically black balling yourself for the next season. This is a contract, this is a team.”
“This is my life and what I’m doing for my life, there’s nothing, no more, no less … this is my life and this is what I do,” she said of continuing the journey. “There’s nothing phony about it. Only thing I know, I met great people, Flavor, other people. You wanna see Traci’s grown, this is Traci’s growth.”