Reality TV star Tamar Braxton is mourning but not in the way that most people would expect and she is getting a lot of backlash for it.
Days after news that Braxton’s niece Lauren “LoLo” Braxton had died at the age 24, the reality star who is currently touring with Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss for her ‘Welcome to the Dungeon’ experience opened up about the tragedy on an Instagram Live video, People reported.
In the recent clip, Tamar, 42, revealed that the death was the first time she had lost a family member and came amid a busy time for her, as she tours with Burruss and continues filming Braxton Family Values. She even took to the Gram to share her sexy costume while on the ‘Welcome to the Dungeon.’
Apparently, due to her busy schedule and how hard she was taking the news, the star announced she would not be attending Lauren’s funeral because she was feeling too “drained” to be at the services.
“I don’t want my sisters or my family to get upset with me, but the things that have been going on this is the first time that anybody in my family has passed,” she continued. “Nobody tells you about going to the damn funeral. I don’t have time going to the funeral.”
“I’m still drained from that… It’s a lot,” Tamar added, noting that, “Everything happens in God’s divine order and you’ve got to respect it and praise him anyway.”
Her comments didn’t sit well with some fans, who criticized the singer for not attending the services for her 24-year-old niece. “You wrong for not supporting your brother! Put the shoe on the other foot. So self-centered,” wrote one fan, while another follower added, “and yet ur the only one that didn’t write a tribute to your niece… smh it doesn’t look good”
Another user firmly wrote, “Get..your a— up and go to the funeral for 2 hours then get back in your bed. I’m not hearing this excuse.”
Someone else argued, “If you are so drained performing should be last in your mind. I will NEVER respect or support you if feel money & ppl watching you is more important than being with family that needs your presence.”
In response to the backlash, Tamar spoke out on Instagram again this time in a post on Friday, with a reshared image that read “PSA: Don’t tell people how to heal from something you’ve never been through.”
Lauren, who was the daughter of Tamar’s older brother Michael Conrad Braxton Jr., reportedly died of causes related to a heart condition in Maryland, her father told the press on April 30th, 2019.
Michael, 50, a Maryland based singer-songwriter, is the only son of the Braxton siblings and has appeared on episodes of their show, Braxton Family Values. He and Toni Braxton, 51, are the elder siblings to sisters Traci, 48, Towanda, 45, Trina, 44, and Tamar.