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Ever since WE tv smash Braxton Family Values blazed onto our screens last year, one name has remained an ever-present hot topic – Tamar Braxton.
Youngest of the Braxton clan, “She” has gained gargantuan popularity with her sassy persona, catchphrases, and incredible voice; traits which have earned the singer the honor of starring in WE’s first ever spin-off show, ‘Tamar & Vince’ – which kicks off on September 20th.
She Is Diva recently caught up with the stunning star, who dished on motherhood, music, her new record deal, what we can expect from ‘Tamar & Vince’.
She Is Diva: Hey Tamar! How are you?
Tamar Braxton: I am excellent!
Congrats on landing WE-tv’s first ever spin-off show!
Thank you! It’s a lot of pressure (laughs)! But it feels good. I really enjoy working with my family and working with Vince, it’s a lot of fun. I just can’t wait for everybody to see it!
Beyond just being you and Vince, what are the key differences between this show and Braxton Family Values
On Braxton Family Values you only get to see me in the light of being the little, youngest sister of the girls. And on our series it really does focus a lot on relationships and the businesses that we’re into and what goes on in our daily life outside of me being the sister. I think this is really interesting for the public to see, I think they’re gonna get a kick out of it actually.
In terms of supporting “cast”, are we going to delve into your friendship group? Tell us more about what we’re going to see that’s different from Braxton Family Values.
It’s actually totally different. You will see us with our friends, hanging out and going to dinner, having a lot of relationship conversations. You’ll see Vincent the “divo extraordinaire”. You think that I’m the diva in this relationship? No, it’s him (laughs). You’ll see how he juggles being Vincent B. Herbert and Vincent Herbert the husband. I can’t really say too much because it’s about to come on, but you’ll definitely see us both in a different light.
I know a big part of the current season of Braxton Family Values sees you trying for a baby. What kind of mother do you feel you’d be?
I don’t know, but I know what kind of mother I want to be. I want to be home with my kids, I want to be very involved in their lives growing up- I don’t want to miss any of it. And that’s really why I’m struggling with this so much because it’s a lot going on career-wise and things I’ve been waiting to happen pretty much all of my life. You know like the album, a chance to do my clothing line, all these opportunities that are happening for me. Right now having a baby is not exactly the right timing. If it was to happen naturally that’s a totally different situation. But because we had to go through that process I figured, you know, maybe we should just plan it?
What about your career, when can we hear new material? Who have you been working with?
I’ve been working with LaShawn Daniels, who is a wonderful Grammy-winning producer. He’s done a lot of songs with Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, he did ‘Say My Name’ with Rodney Jerkins, and he was with that camp for a long time and now he’s out on his own. I’ve been working with TC, you saw him in Braxton Family 2. He’s very talented, we’ve actually gotten to be close friends. The Internz, who did “Birthday Cake” for Rihanna…who else…there’s so many people! What I will say about my record and the music I’ve been doing- I feel like this is what I was born to do. I feel like this is the right sound, the right music, it’s the right everything.
Is there a label attached to that?
Yes! I am signed to Streamline/Interscope. My single was supposed to come out September 20th, but was ear hustling the other day and I heard that they might want to push it back two weeks. I will definitely be getting to the bottom of that very soon because I can’t wait for everybody to hear this! These are records that if it wasn’t my record, I would want it to be my record. That’s how hot it is.
You famously said you’d name your daughter Disney. Does that still stand?
Yes, actually we talked about this last night with a group of my friends. I’m so serious about that! I still want an Asian daughter, still think that is the right look for me, I mean yea!? Who knows.
Tell us a little about your relationship with your mother and your sisters. Beyond what we’ve seen on the show, how would you say it’s helped shape the woman you are now? How integral to your life are they?
We’re very, very close. They’ve been nothing but very positive people in my life. Especially with me thinking about and struggling with being a mom, they’ve been there for me 100%, because everybody is a mother except for me. I just really thank God for them. I don’t know who or where I would be if it wasn’t for them.
Will we see any of them on the show?
Do you watch any other reality shows? Like, what are your thoughts on the real housewives of Atlanta, Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta.
I do! I watch a lot of reality actually. My favorite reality show of all time is Big Brother. I’m such a Big Brother junkie! I go to the live feeds, it’s crazy. I watch everything, a lot of the reality shows on now are for strictly entertainment purposes, and that’s fine, but I also get something out of watching Tia & Tamera, and watching positive family shows. I really do get a kick out of that, I like to watch a show and get something out of it. That’s really the main reason why we did Braxton Family Values. It wasn’t for entertainment purposes only, it was for someone to get something positive out and apply it to their lives.
At She Is Diva, we’re all about celebrating women who are performing well at life. Beyond your mom or sisters, who are some of your female inspirations?
I am the number one “lamb” in the world (laughs)…I love Mariah Carey. She’s just my idol. I just love her, number one, because her artistry- she writes her own music. She talks about positive things, she’s always trying to be uplifting. I just think in life we need people like that to look up to. There’s not a lot of artists nowadays who don’t curse a whole lot, and not on Twitter making a ratchet post, although sometimes I’m a victim of that myself (laughs). But you do need positive people to look up to, and she is definitely someone who kept that going throughout the years and I respect her for that. She’s my ultimate favorite.
Reality tv is clearly your forte at present. You serve as a producer of BFV. How do you plan to build your brand moving forward. Where else do you want to take “Brand Tamar”, if you will?
I definitely love producing television. Actually there’s another show we got picked up that we are getting ready to go on production with, I’m very excited about that. I’m very excited about my “Get Your Life” with Kmart.Com, it’s showcasing my t-shirts, and the next few weeks you’ll see my sweat suits. It’s a lot like what Juicy used to be- comfortable, sexy, they’re comfortable, they’re blingy, they’re fun! I just can’t wait because, all the sweat suits, I’ve been very hands-on with the material and what I wanted to be showcased because nothing that I would represent would be anything that I wouldn’t wear. I’m so excited!
‘Tamar & Vince’ airs on WE tv on September 20th.