Towanda set the record straight, once and for all.
This season of “Braxton Family Values” has been markedly different for Towanda Braxton, who came across fairly level headed and generous on the show, even while wrestling with marital issues and the sibling rivalry that the Braxton ladies are known for. But this time around she’s shown a different side, even drawing some criticism recently after she responded to Twitter ribbing from Tamar fans by pointing out her brother-in-law Vince’s rumored financial problems. She’s also been under the microscope for keeping company with Kordell Stewart, whose acrimonious divorce from “Real Housewives of Atlanta’s” Porsha Williams has made him a tabloid regular. With the finale of “Braxton Family Values” airing Thursday, Towanda sat down exclusively with BOSSIP to set the record straight.
BOSSIP: With the third season ending tonight, would you say the show brought you closer or caused more problems?
Towanda Braxton: It allowed us not to sweep things under the rug anymore. It allowed us to look at the real situations and actually deal with them. Quite often in families, not just African-American families either, we tend to sweep things under the rug like “We’ll deal with it later.” But not now. Now we have to deal with them.
How are things with you and Tamar now?
We’re good. I absolutely love my sister even though there are moments of us not getting along. I think everyone has a season of not getting along, and it just so happened this was our season. Last year it was her and Traci.
It’s always Tamar and someone right?
All of our lives it’s been that way. Tamar and Trina, Tamar and Towanda, Tamar and Toni, Tamar and Traci, Tamar and Mikey so… That just comes with the territory about being the baby.
This thing that happened on Twitter, why did you respond after Tamar’s fan called you jealous of her?
I’m so glad you asked. I take a lot. I have tough skin and usually I laugh things off. I just have to admit that a lot of the Tamartians, most of them are extremely disrespectful and I didn’t care that they were attacking me, I didn’t care that they were attacking Andre, what I cared about was when they started attacking my kids. They said ‘I wish Towanda’s kids got raped and run over by a bus.’ See people didn’t see that stuff. They just saw what I wrote. So after that I have to say that was 100% out of character for Towanda to respond, but I wasn’t thinking about what was right and what was wrong at that moment I was just reacting and responding.
Was this even the fan that you responded to that made the comments about your kids?
I don’t even know. I was just reacting. As a parent you don’t even care, you go in defense mode, and that’s where I went.
Where were you when it came on?
Hawaii, and the show was on, so we were Tweeting. We’re very involved.
Tamar was quick to defend you — she was like no shade on my sisters that’s for us, like…
Stay out of it. I didn’t see it. After that I was in Twitter jail. Jail Jail. My publicist called me like get off Twitter, you’re done. Toni was like, “Umba! That’s not you, get off.”
But Tamar didn’t say anything?
She was pissed! Rightfully so. We always have have a sister thread in our messages so we got on that and I was in trouble because it was totally out of character for me, until I explained, “Hey these children are attacking your niece and your nephew.” Then they understood. Like ‘Okay, we get it. We wouldn’t have done it that way but we get it.’
Do you know what the financial situation is now for Vince?
I don’t know if he’s taken care of it or not.
Being that you had seen it on the web, you said check the web.
Thank you so much for saying that because a lot of people are like ‘Towanda, you just blasted the family business!’ I didn’t tell family business. That was already on the web. This was public knowledge before I said anything ladies and gentlemen. I didn’t divulge any secrets of the Braxton family. I don’t do that. It’s just like with the Traci situation, I didn’t say ‘Hey y’all this what’s going on, Traci told me blah blah blah.’ I don’t do that. Allegedly Traci’s husband had a kid out of wedlock — it was on the web, it wasn’t anything I found out from her.
We love the family dynamic, but it seems like Tamar doesn’t take kindly to teasing from you guys.
Tamar is rotten! Love Tamar, but she’s rotten. We created that. We allowed her to say whatever she wanted to say and do whatever she wanted to do that now that we’re trying to create boundaries, she’s like, ‘No, why you trying to do that now that we’re grown?’ Usual family rivalry type situations. It eats away at me when she says, cuz she’s the baby, “My family don’t support me.” I’m like don’t say your family doesn’t support you, say your family doesn’t support you the way you would like them to, because when you found out you might not be able to have a kid I volunteered to carry your baby for you. When Vincent was in the hospital and we didn’t know what was going to happen with him I went up to NY and I was like your personal assistant. I wasn’t trying to be nobody personal assistant at that time but because Tamar needed me at that moment I was there. I mean Etc. Etc. Etc.
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