BlackEnterprise.com: There were reports that your husband is no longer managing your sister Toni or Lady Gaga. Is that true?
Braxton: No, he’s still involved in managing Lady Gaga because my husband discovered her and she’s signed to his label. And yes, it is true that he is no longer working with Toni.
BlackEnterprise.com: Do you think the reality show affected his business relationship with Toni?
Braxton: I think people grow up and people want different things. When you’re an artist and a sibling is getting the attention or some of the opportunities for the same person it can be difficult. I think in any relationship there are changes and in this case Toni and Vince had to do what makes them happy and that’s all I’m gonna say about that. (Laughs).
BlackEnterprise.com: When you think of developing and expanding your brand, what’s your priority?
Braxton: The No. 1 priority is to complete my album and fulfill my dream. One of my other passions is talking to and empowering young women by teaching them about self-esteem, the importance of education and choosing a [career path] for their lives. I really enjoy doing things like that so right now speaking and empowering young women and helping them to be confident is something I’ve found I truly love and want to do more of in the future.
BlackEnterprise.com: What is the craziest rumor you’ve heard about yourself?
Braxton: God, there are several, but the one that really bothers me is that I [married] my husband for money. What? Where did that come from? Are you saying that because he’s thick? How do you know I don’t like teddy bears? I mean, really? Have a seat. Do people realize that [those comments] are very disrespectful to my relationship and friendship with my husband? I find no humor in that. To have people [speculating] about why you like what you like. Don’t they think that could affect how he feels about himself or me? If we didn’t have that openness and friendship it could. I’m sure those comments hurt his feelings. Sometimes people wanna say, “With all that mouth Tamar has…” and I say to [all of them], have several seats because I’m gonna always stand up for myself, my husband and our relationship.
BlackEnterprise.com: Unlike other celebs who go under the knife it’s refreshing that you’ve always been candid about your belief in plastic surgery. In the blogosphere, there’s been much debate about whether you bleach your skin. Do you?
Braxton: Yes, I believe in plastic surgery because I believe you’re supposed to enhance what you are not happy with. And if I bleached my skin then I wouldn’t have stretch marks, right? So boom! (Laughs).
BlackEnterprise.com: (Laughs) Indeed. Well, what do you hope your legacy will be?
Braxton: Great question. Hmmm….that I love hard, I believe hard and I’m a good person…who can sing her a** off (Laughs).