Tamar Braxton: 5 Things To Know About TV Star Who Revealed She Tried Ending Her Life

Tamar Braxton: 5 Things To Know About TV Star Who Revealed She Tried Ending Her Life

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Sad news for anyone who loves ‘Braxton Family Values’. Tamar Braxton confirmed that she tried to ‘end’ her ‘pain,’ after experiencing it for ‘the past 11 years.’ Learn more about the singer who is now ‘healing.’

ORIGINAL (7/30/20, 5:13 p.m. ET): Tamar Braxton confirmed that she tried to “end” her life, and is now on a “path to healing.” Tamar was previously found unresponsive in her hotel room and rushed to the hospital on July 16, and the VH1 star broke her silence on the suicide attempt in an Instagram post shared on July 30.

“Over the past 11 years there were promises made to protect and portray my story, with the authenticity and honesty I gave. I was betrayed, taken advantage of, overworked, and underpaid. I wrote a letter over 2 months ago asking to be freed from what I believed was excessive and unfair. I explained in personal detail the demise I was experiencing. My cry for help went totally ignored. However the demands persisted. It was my spirit, and my soul that was tainted the most,” Tamar explained at one point in her message, and added elsewhere, “Mental illness is real.” Then, she later wrote, “God’s grace and his mercy on my attempt to end my pain and my life that I am here to utilize my voice.” You can read Tamar’s full statement, here.

ORIGINAL: Tamar Braxton, loved best by fans of the VH1 series Braxton Family Values and Celebrity Big Brother reportedly was rushed on Thursday July 16, while staying at the Ritz Carlton hotel in downtown L.A., according to TMZ. HollywoodLife has spoken to the police, who could only confirm for us that a ‘female’ was ‘transported’ from the Ritz ‘at the approximate time of 9:45 pm’ due to a ‘medical emergency’. At this time, requests for comments and confirmation have been put in with Tamar’s rep and the Ritz Carlton, with no immediate reply.

While we work to collect more details and keep Tamar in our thoughts in case these reports are true, here are 5 things to know about the singer and television personality beloved by so many – from what to know about her famous family to her incredibly success TV career, for which she’s been nominated twice for Daytime Emmys for. Here’s everything to know about Tamar:

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1: She’s a gifted & award-winning singer. Tamar, who comes from a famous family of songstresses including her older sister Toni, has experienced a ton of solo success in recent years. Her second studio effort, Love and War, debuted atop the Billboard R&B Albums Chart with the song of the same name receiving similar success.

2: She’s a very proud mother. The Severn, Maryland native has one child: a 7-year-old son name Logan Vincent Herbert who she shares with ex-husband Vincent Herbert. She filed for divorce from him in October 2017 which became finalized nearly two years later.

3: She’s a reality television legend. Tamar’s reality television appearances go way beyond her long-running WE tv series. She won the 2nd season of CBB in the states in 2019 and is currently starring in her new VH1 show To Catch a Beautician with celebrity hairstylist Johnny Wright. She also earned 2 Daytime Emmy nominations for her work on the long-running talk show The Real.

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Heading to this amazing tropical resort for the new year. My @tamarbraxton is already having baby withdrawal symptoms…7 days away from Beans😫😫🤣🤣! How are we ever gonna survive this “adults-only southern Mecca” with the clear blue tropical ocean, surfing at dawn, kayaking at mid-day and lounging by the private pool under the sunset? Hmph…..🤔

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4: She’s found love again. David Adefeso, 50, is the man that Tamar started dating about two years ago. They have posted endless pics and videos of their romantic journey together ever since and she’s even hinted about wanting to marry him during an April 2020 interview with Wendy Williams.

5: She’s very, very outspoken. Tamar rarely holds her breath on many personal issues. She went on a Twitter rant in July 2020 about the alleged pay discrepancies between the BFV cast vs. the KUWTK stars. “Are we going to talk about pay…. I 100 percent wrote the [Braxton Family Values] theme song … where is the coin… our show is on Netflix…. where is the coin… 10 years on the air… we make 75 percent LESS than the Kardashians. How come there are no villains on that show,” she wrote on Twitter.

Michael Cohen: 5 Facts About Trump’s Lawyer Heading Back To Prison For Violating Terms Of Early Release

Michael Cohen: 5 Facts About Trump’s Lawyer Heading Back To Prison For Violating Terms Of Early Release

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President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is about to go to jail — again. The former fixer is returning to prison just two months after his release to home confinement. Here’s what you need to know.

UPDATE, 7/9/20, 4:42pm ET: Michael Cohen was taken into federal custody after violating the terms of his early release from prison, his lawyer confirmed to reporters. Cohen, 53, was released to home confinement on “furlough” in May due to coronavirus concerns, and was in federal court on July 7 to arrange the conditions of his home confinement.

He was taken from the courthouse in handcuffs after he “refused the conditions of his home confinement,” a Bureau of Prisons official said in a statement. “And as a result, has been returned to a BOP facility.” Cohen was told that he could have “no engagement of any kind with the media, including print, TV, film, books, or other form of media/news,” and that he couldn’t use social media,” to which he objected. 

Cohen has a book deal, and did not want to give it up, his lawyer said. He was taken to Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, the same federal facility currently holding Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s associate arrested for being an alleged co-conspirator in his crimes.

UPDATE, 5/21/20, 11:45am ET: President Donald Trump‘s former lawyer, Michael Cohen was released early from federal prison amid coronavirus concerns. Cohen, 53, was spotted heading into his New York City apartment building the morning of May 21, wearing a face mask, jeans, blazer, and baseball cap. He served just over a year of his three-year sentence behind bars at Otisville prison in upstate New York. Cohen was eligible for release from prison in November 2021.

ORIGINAL: 1. Michael Cohen was  sentenced to three years in federal prison on December 12, 2018. He pleaded guilty to tax evasion and lying to Congress about paying “hush money” to silence Stormy Daniels and Playboy playmate Karen McDougal about claims they had affairs with Donald Trump. “Each of these crimes is a serious offense against the United States,” the judge told him. “Mr. Cohen pled guilty to a veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct.”

He is expected to start the sentence on March 6, 2019. Prior to the sentencing, Michael took “full responsibility” for the crimes, “for each act that I pled guilty to…the personal ones to me and those involving the President of the United States of America. My own weakness was blind loyalty to the man that caused me to choose the path of darkness. Time and time again, I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds.”

2. He admitted he paid off Daniels. When Daniels, 39, first shared her story about her alleged 2006 affair with Trump, Cohen immediately jumped to his client’s defense. Yes, Daniels was given $130,000 to stay quiet about the affair, but Cohen claims that it came out of his own pocket. It’s the timing of the payment that raises red flags. It wasn’t in 2006, when the alleged affair occurred, or in 2011 when Life & Style printed their story about the scandal. It was 11 days before the 2016 presidential election.

In a February 13 statement, Cohen said that, despite the payoff, he doesn’t actually think Daniels and Trump had an affair. “Just because something isn’t true doesn’t mean that it can’t cause you harm or damage,” he said.“I will always protect Mr. Trump.” The payoff could be a possible violation of federal campaign law.

Cohen’s personal lawyer, David Schwartz, maintained his innocence to CBS News.”Mr. Cohen paid the $130,000 but the reason is to protect business, protect reputation, and to protect family,” Schwartz said. Former former federal prosecutor Kim Wehle told the outlet, though, that “Mr. Cohen is getting himself into deeper legal problems that could make him more vulnerable in the Mueller investigation. I don’t think that necessarily benefits others that are potentially the topic of that investigation including the president of the United States himself.”

3. Daniels sued him for defamation. Daniels amended her lawsuit against Trump on March 26, 2018, claiming that Cohen defamed her when he suggested that she lied about her alleged affair with the now-president. The complaint argues that though Cohen didn’t directly accuse Daniels of lying about the alleged affair, he defamed her by implying it.

Daniels claims in the lawsuit filed by her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, that, “It was reasonably understood that Mr. Cohen meant to convey that Ms. Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels is a liar; someone who should not be trusted. Mr. Cohen made the statement knowing it was false, or had serious doubts about the truth of the statements.”

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4. He has a history of alleged threats. Cohen has publicly threatened journalists. “I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we’re in the courthouse. And I will take you for every penny you still don’t have,” he said to a Daily Beast reporter who once called him for a story. “So I’m warning you, tread very f**king lightly, because what I’m going to do to you is going to be f**king disgusting. You understand me? You write a story that has Mr. Trump’s name in it, with the word ‘rape,’ and I’m going to mess your life up…for as long as you’re on this frickin’ planet

“You’re going to have judgments against you, so much money, you’ll never know how to get out from underneath it,” he added. He also retweeted threats to Megyn Kelly. After she grilled Trump on his treatment of women during that infamous 2015 GOP debate, he called Megyn a liar and retweeted people who said “Let’s gut her,” and called her a “snake” and a “psycho.”

5. He’s named in the Russian collusion investigation. The Daniels situation likely has nothing to do with Robert Mueller‘s investigation into Russian collusion in the Trump 2016 campaign — but other behavior gives pause. Mueller has requested documents and interviewed witnesses in incidents involving Cohen.

Daniel Silva: 5 Things To Know About ‘Ink Master’ Star, 26, Charged With Murder

Daniel Silva: 5 Things To Know About ‘Ink Master’ Star, 26, Charged With Murder

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Tattoo artist Daniel Silva was arrested for murder on May 11 after a brutal car crash left his passenger dead, whom prosecutors claim was YouTuber Corey James Labarrie. Here’s what you should know about the tragic incident and the ‘Ink Master’ alum himself.

UPDATE (5/19/20, 5:13 p.m. ET): Former Ink Master star Daniel Silva, 26, has been charged with murder for “killing the passenger in his McLaren sports car after crashing into a tree in Valley Village,” the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced on May 19. Prosecutors claim this passenger was YouTuber Corey James Labarrie, 25. Daniel now faces one count of murder and could face a possible maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison, if convicted. An arraignment date has not yet been scheduled.

ORIGINAL: Ink Master alum Daniel Silva, 26, was arrested for murder in Los Angeles on May 11 after a drunk driving incident left him in the hospital and caused the death of his 25-year-old passenger. Silva, according to an LAPD report obtained by HollywoodLife, reportedly lost control of his 2020 McLaren 600LT while driving at a “high rate of speed” at approximately 9:40pm. The car went off the road and collided with a stop sign and a tree. Upon collision, Silva reportedly “exited the vehicle and attempted to leave the scene, but was stopped by citizens who came to render aid.” The report classifies the incident as a “DUI Fatal Traffic Collision,” but doesn’t include any information about alcohol consumption.

Silva and his passenger were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries by the LA Fire Department. The LAPD informed HollywoodLife that they will not be releasing the identity of the passenger, who succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, until his next of kin is notified. They also stated that they could not tell us what degree of murder Silva was booked for.  Silva was in custody Monday night in lieu of $200,000 bail, according to online police records. Here’s what else you need to know about Silva:

1. He competed on season 10 of Ink Master. After besting tattoo artist Ryan Ashley Malarky on an episode of Ink Master: Angels, Silva made it to Ink Master. Silva was one of 16 contestants to duke it out during season 10 of the Paramount Network reality competition series, which pits tattoo artists against each other in the hopes of winning $100,000 and an editorial feature in Inked magazine. Silva excelled in the difficult technical challenges, which required artists to create original tattoos on command. He placed seventh that season. 

2. He’s the founder of Tattoo University. Silva started an online tattooing school, where students can sign up for classes and learn valuable skills and techniques from the Ink Master alum, himself. The classes range from Tattooing 101, to Tattoo Photography and Social Media, in which students learn how to promote their art online. For fans of Silva’s work, he uses the Technique class to “guide you through how I personally created 20 of the best tattoos I did over the last year, start to finish.”

3.  He shows off his original tattoo designs on YouTube. Silva started a YouTube channel (Daniel Silva) in February 2020, which now has 230,000 subscribers. Each week, he would show off time lapses of intricate tattoos, chat with other professionals, and tell stories about his time on Ink Master.

4. He’s inked some of your favorite celebrities. On his YouTube channel and Instagram page, which boasts over 1 million followers, Daniel revealed that he’s tattooed celebs like YouTuber Brennen Taylor, LA Rams player Jalen Ramsey, and influencer FaZe ADAPT, among others.

5. He was homeless as a teenager. Silva learned how to tattoo when he was 19, and worked his way out of homelessness. He only had three years of professional experience under his belt when he competed on Ink Master.