Evelyn Braxton, mother of Toni, Tamar and the rest of The Braxtons, isn't done fighting for her daughter's honor and speaking out on Tamar's constantly private marital affairs. In a recent exclusive interview with TheGrio, Miss E gave up the tea calling Tamar's marriage to celebrity manager Vincent Herbert "volatile"and that the emotional and physical abuse has been going on "for years"! Say what?!
Evelyn Braxton first dropped the "abuse" bomb just a few days ago when she warned Vincent to "keep your hands off my child" which fed past speculations of abuse. In yesterday's interview, she went into further details:
"Everybody saw Vince as a knight and shining armor, [but] behind closed doors that’s a horse of another color,” Evelyn Braxton says. “I’m tired of [Tamar] being abused and misused.”
"They say the truth shall set you free. They’ve been trying to hide it for years. And I have the audacity to tell the truth,” she says."
On why we never saw any of the alleged abuse on the family's reality show:
“We spoke up about it on the ‘Braxton Family Values’ but they would not show it. They would show all the other girls and their husbands, but when it came to Vince, they took it out of the show,”
"When asked if she ever addressed Herbert over his alleged abuse, Evelyn Braxton, who temporarily lived in the couple’s Los Angeles home, says his response was always that Tamar’s “mouth” was to blame. “It’s always ‘it’s Tamar’s mouth’…it’s always someone else. That does not give you the right to abuse her. Everybody has a mouth. Everyone should have the right to say what they want. Are you trying to beat [her] into submissiveness? No one has the right,” she says."
Remember last years domestic violence claim that ended in Tamar getting bit on her finger and the public 911 call? She confirms the incident!
"Ms. Braxton confirms with theGrio that the reports of the hotel altercation were indeed true. She also revealed that Tamar’s older sisters tried to intervene in the marriage to no avail. “Her sisters have been trying to fight Vince for a long time but it was always denied,” she says.
Why is she breaking her silence now, after the divorce filing?
Ms. Braxton says she is choosing to speak out now not only because she wants her daughter to be safe, but also wants to put an end to domestic violence at large. “I think too many women are abused, and it’s high time that we stand up and stop this madness,” she says. “Do you know how many women are killed each year? I just don’t want Tamar to be a part of that.
“If anything happens to Tamar, that’s Logan’s (Tamar and Vince’s son) loss. That’s my loss. That’s her family’s loss. I don’t want that kind of pain,” she adds. “Enough is enough. I don’t care how much they smile. I don’t care how much they pretend.”
When Ms. Braxton was asked if there was a possibility of Tamar and Vince reconciling she stated "“For the person who is abused sometimes they do change their mind. Their mind is so wrapped up in the fact that maybe it was my fault, or I can change them, or maybe I didn’t love him right or do the right thing; or maybe my family is too involved and it’s my family that’s separating us. They convince themselves of that because their minds are weak. If they were strong people they would get out of it the first time.”
“It’s too bad they couldn’t work it out, however, I’m tired of her being abused and misused. And I’m tired of being in the middle of it. It’s harder than what you think,” she says. “Sometimes you have to move forward, even when we don’t want to. Life is extremely short and things can happen within the twinkling of an eye. This too shall pass.”
Tamar and Vince had been one of my favorite couples to watch and now, I guess I'll have to move on and admire the love between Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert. Hopefully Tamar and Vince will be able to get some closure once the dust settles on this whirlwind of a divorce.