On this week’s episode of The B. Scott Show, Tamar Braxton called in and addressed pretty much everything you’ve been wanting to know.
She opened up about her new album, what was REALLY behind that ‘bullying’ breakdown on ‘The Real’, the occasional animosity between her and her sisters, those persistent rumors that she doesn’t pay her staff, supposedly being jealous of her sister Toni, and more.
Get into a few excerpts from the interview:
On that infamous ‘bullying’ breakdown on ‘The Real’:
You know, it’s always the person whose bullying you who makes it about themselves — but I have to be honest and say that it wasn’t about the people who have bullied me. It was really, honestly, about what information can I give my own child, you know?
The reason why I broke down, was because — yes, it does affect me emotionally. But the reason why I broke down was because I felt like I didn’t have the information to give my child if he comes to me and asks me…because it still affects me, if you know what I’m saying.
On what she does now when people say something negative about her online:
You know, I really don’t care any more. To be honest, if I don’t know those people — and I love my Tamartian friends and my fans, and I’m sure they love me…but they’re not gonna love everything you do. I think what has helped me the most is that I have to truly, 100% believe in what I am doing and what I stand by.
On why she pulled out of her L.A. Pride performance:
When I have a show, I have a production. It’s not just me, and two dancers, and — you know, a keyboard. It doesn’t go like that. *laughs* It doesn’t unfortunately. And, you know, I’m not a diva by any means and I think any promoter will come out and tell anyone that, but at the end of the day I take pride in my show. There are certain things that you have to have to put on a show, especially that size. I mean, unfortunately I really tried to make it work, I cut down a lot of things…but I couldn’t make it happen. I apologize to every single person who made arrangements to come out and see me…but I’m not gonna disappoint anybody by putting on a half-ass show.
On the release date for her new album, Calling All Lovers:
Well, you know what, I’m not even gon’ lie. I heard, at first, we had a date that was July 31st — and last night he mentioned to me that he don’t know about that. So, I can’t tell you that. What I CAN tell you is that I do feel like I was born to do THIS album. Everything that I went through in life, it was [cause for] this album.
On the reoccurring rumors that she and Vince don’t pay their people:
I can’t say they don’t have a good experience working with me. You know, because I’ve kept people employed for, you know, a very long time — years and years. When things start to not work out and people get let go or what have you, they’re upset. They start saying things — which is the same exact thing — and it’s ridiculous. If that was the problem, then you wouldn’t have been here for 3 or 4 years. You understand what I’m saying? But now, all of a sudden, oh, I ain’t paid you for three years and you’ve been sticking around! *laughs* That doesn’t even make no sense. Stop it!
On supposedly being jealous of her sister Toni:
Let me go back to last season of [Braxton Family Values] where everyone heard me say — ‘no disrespect to you Toni, I feel like you have definitely been a huge part of not just this family, but to the music industry itself — but I do not feel you paved the way for me.’
Let me just explain myself, right? This is what I was talking about — I’ve had five record deals before now. If it just depended on the fact that Toni is not only an icon [but] my sister, then I would have made it five deals ago! That’s all I was saying. I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful to her or say that she’s not talented or say that she doesn’t deserve to be [anything]– or that I’m even jealous. I was just saying, ‘[Toni] being my sister has NOTHING to do with the success I have today! I worked my complete behind off. This is my SIXTH record deal and, you know, if it was just solely dependent on YOU being my sister than it would have happened five record deals ago.
Check out the rest of the interview below or on iTunes to hear Tamar talk more about her relationship with Toni and the rest of her sisters, this new season of Braxton Family Values, and much, much more.