Tamar Braxton Dishes on the New Season of 'Braxton Family Values'
The reality star talks her budding music career, her husband and smacks down rumors
Toni Braxton may be the most famous member of the Braxton clan, but her baby sister Tamar is the star of WeTV’s Braxton Family Values set to premiere tonight, Nov. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. With her tell-it-like-it-is.com attitude, Tamar has captured the attention of fans, who not only watched her struggle to get out of her eldest sister’s shadow, but launch her own music career with husband Vincent Herbert, a music executive who manages Lady Gaga.
Days before Tamar’s husband was admitted to the hospital, after a doctor found a clot in his lungs, he was sitting with his wife at lunch while we chatted with her about the new season of Braxton Family Values. Tamar dishes on her budding music career, starting a family with Herbert and smacks down rumors of her sister dating television personality Terrence J.
Loop 21: Fans are so excited about season two of your show. Were you surprised that’s it developed this cult following?
Tamar Braxton: Well, yea. Well, first of all that’s the first time I’ve heard anybody put it like that. It’s overwhelming; exciting. I’m generally a little shy when I’m not around my sisters so that part is uncomfortable, but it’s great.
Loop 21: It’s really unbelievable to hear you say that you're shy.
Braxton: I know. Nobody believes me, but I’m that way when I’m around my family. In my personal life, when I’m not around my sisters, I am a little more laid back.
Loop 21: Last season, was there anything you saw that one of your sister’s said or did that surprised you?
Braxton: It wasn’t much that they did to surprise me, it’s a lot that I saw in myself that surprised myself, like my mouth and how loud I am and how animated I am. People have been telling me that for years, but I was just like, ‘Wow. I could not believe that.’
Loop 21: How has the show changed your family dynamic at all?
Braxton: Not really because we’ve always been really honest with each other. We’ve always been the type of girls who never really hold anything back from each other. I think that [my sisters] would say that I’ve come out of my shell a lot more, but no, we’re exactly the same. We have the exact same relationship. We’re still super, super tight.
Loop 21: What’s your shooting schedule like?
Braxton: Last season we had ten weeks so it was a lot shorter. This season, we have 19 episodes. We see each other a whole lot, which I love. It’s weeks, but then we take four or five days off and go back to the same thing.
Loop 21: I must find out. Where did this bomb.com thing start?
Braxton: You know what, it’s crazy because I’ve been saying .org for the longest time and you know, it’s the epitome of what I feel. If it’s something super, super hot, then it’s thebomb.com. It just means it’s on a higher scale of what I can express. It’s the craziest thing. I’ve been saying it forever....honey child, I’ve been saying it since Kindergarten. I’ve been saying it forever.
Loop 21: Have you made any strides in your music career?
Braxton: I have. It’s actually a lot going on as far as my music career is concerned. You know, I don’t want to say too much because our show is a real reality show and you know, you’ll get to see how it all unfolds on the show. I don’t want to give anything away.
Loop 21: What’s the Tamar sound? There’s a lot of women in the music game right now. How would your sound stand out?
Braxton: Well you know, I just have to be myself and that’s more important to me than creating some type of different look or sound. I’m not into creating something that’s not me. The definition of myself would be fun, outgoing, happy all the time; I just want that to reflect in my music.
Loop 21: Speaking of music, are you and Vince still waiting to have a family or have you changed your mind?
Braxton: Do I want to have a baby right now? No! (Laughs) Well, there’s just a lot of things that Vince and I are doing personally that we’re not ready to take a break right now and I think it’ll be selfish to go on and have a kid. I’d be on the road with two or three nannies? Vince and I want to be hands on when we have kids. He’s super, super busy and so am I. Plus, we’ve only been married coming up on three years so we have time.
Vincent Herbert: (In the background) No we don’t; no we don’t have time.
Braxton: People always think it’s me who’s a firecracker. It’s Vince! You have no idea!
Loop 21: When was the last time you talked to your father?
Braxton: My dad; it was actually 45 minutes ago. We texted each other. He wants to come and see me, so we’re going to coordinate that.
Loop 21: Does you think the Braxton's, as a show, have anything in common with the Kardashians?
Braxton: The only thing we have in common with the Kardashians is that we’re sisters and we’re in entertainment, but my mother is completely different than Kris Jenner. I don’t know if you saw the clip, our mother will snap our necks and put us in check. She don’t play that. I don’t even know the last time in a conversation, I’ve said a cuss word in front of my mother. My mother is a Southern woman. She don’t play that.
Loop 21: Where did these rumors of Terrence J. and Toni dating come from? Have you tried to set Toni up on a date recently?
Braxton: I don’t know. That’s pretty wack to me. I don’t even think they know each other. The rumor is completely untrue and it’s wack and boo. I don’t wanna see that. I ain’t dissing him. I’m just saying that ain’t hot. It’s not; not at all.
Loop 21: What have you learned from filming the first season?
Braxton: The thing that I had to take from the first season is that everybody is an adult. They’re grown and they’re women and they’re mothers and they’re wives. And you just can’t pop off on no woman like that and expect that they ain’t going to pop off. I really had to learn that and not just look at my sisters as my siblings, but look at them as adult women. I just hope that viewers see that we’re a family and we love each other and we don’t aways agree but at the end of the day we have to respect each other and we have to respect each other’s decisions.