Tamar Braxton, arguably the breakout star of WE tv’s "Braxton Family Values," denies that she’s changed since the success of the show’s first season.
"I’m the same person. I can’t act like I’m somebody else unless I’m on film… I can’t keep that up in general conversation," she told TheGrio.com.
"Maybe [Toni] can’t handle being the only person that’s noticed," Tamar said in response to the comment Toni made during the show: "Tamar can’t handle success. It goes straight to her head."
"It sounds absolutely ridiculous," said Tamar, who denies that she’s competing with her sister’s success.
"Toni is who she is, and there’s no competition between Toni and I. We sound totally different. I don’t want to sing the kind of music she sings. I don’t want to stand in front of the microphone with a long gown. That’s not hot to me," she said.
"I want to be poppin’ it and droppin’ it and having fun with my fans," she said.
While Tamar’s personality can easily be described as exuberant, the reality star told Loop21 that she’s actually shy and that the series’ success has been a bit "overwhelming."
Read more from the interview below.
Q: Fans are so excited about season two of your show. Were you surprised that it’s developed this cult following?
Tamar: Well, yeah. 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.
Q: It’s really unbelievable to hear you say that you’re shy.
Tamar: 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.
Q: Last season, was there anything you saw that one of your sisters said or did that surprised you?
Tamar: It wasn’t much that they did to surprise me, [but] 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.
Q: Has the show changed your family dynamic at all?
Tamar: 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.
Q: Have you made any strides in your music career?
Tamar: 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.
Q: What’s the Tamar sound? There’s a lot of women in the music game right now. How would your sound stand out?
Tamar: 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.
Q: Speaking of music, are you and Vince still waiting to have a family or have you changed your mind?
Tamar: 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.
Tamar: People always think it’s me who’s a firecracker. It’s Vince! You have no idea!
Q: Do you think the Braxtons have anything in common with the Kardashians?
Tamar: 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.
Get more of Tamar’s Loop21 interview here.
Watch more of Tamar’s interview with TheGrio.com below.
—Joi-Marie McKenzie, reprinted with permission from Loop 21.