Tamar Braxton Opens Up About Battle With Vitiligo: ‘I’m Not Bleaching My Skin’

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By: / May 15, 2013

Tamar Braxton is ready to share her story.

With her new album now due in September and a new baby on the way, “The One” singer opened up to Ebony.com to discuss her past abusive relationship, plastic surgery rumors and her battle with vitiligo, the color-changing skin disease. Check out a few excerpts from the interview below.

On being abused:
“…it happened. I’m not all the way comfortable with sharing a lot of what happened to me [yet], but what I said was true. When I’m ready to talk about my abusive past, I will. I’m sorry that I’m not. But if it wasn’t for (God), I wouldn’t be here.”

On her marriage with Vince Herbert:
“My husband (Vincent Herbert) definitely doesn’t abuse me. The thing that I love the most about [Vincent] is that he’s helped me with accepting what happened to me and helped me realize that that’s not my make-up. [Being abused] is not who I am. It hasn’t hindered who I am. It hasn’t stopped my integrity. I really appreciate him more and more everyday because he’s helped my self-esteem issues so much.”

On her struggle with vitiligo:
“Anybody with skin issues knows that that’s a very sensitive subject and that’s why I’ve never shared that I have vitiligo because I do. I’ve always had it, since I was a young girl. It’s not as bad as others because everybody has it differently, but I’ve certainly had mine diagnosed. That’s why I tan. People say, “You bleach your skin!” But I tan just so I can have a better tone on my skin, boo! It’s gotten worse since I’ve gotten pregnant. If you shake my hand now, to me it’s more noticeable. But when you get diagnosed with a skin disorder, it’s hard. It does weigh on your self-esteem. It really does. But I’m done defending that. I’m not bleaching my skin and if I was bleaching my skin and I felt like saying so, I would, but for the record, I am not.

On plastic surgery rumors:
“I don’t have plastic surgery. I never had plastic surgery. I had a nose procedure done because I had to. I had no cartilage in my nose, I have a piece of cartilage from my ear put into my nose. I had a medical procedure done. I have no plastic in my nose. And when I shared that with the world, now I have Botox, and different kind of fillers.  Everything is real on me.”

You can catch more of Tamar’s life when the Tamar and Vince reality show returns to WETv this fall. Her new single ‘The One’ is now available on iTunes.