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Tamar Braxton Chats Her Nose Job, Sibling Jealousy, More With Black Enterprise

Tamar Braxton is the feisty baby of the Braxton bunch that people either love or hate. She's vocal about wanting to be a super star--sometimes to her super producer husband's chagrin--and just always has something to say, about everything, in general. However, you can't have a big personality like that, appear on reality TV and not get judged. Critics labeled her a gold digger and a jealous attention whore but Black Enterprise caught up with Tamar to get her side. She chatted about her plastic surgery, rumors of gold digging and why she's not jealous of big sis, Toni.

On Being Jealous of Toni

This whole jealousy thing is ridiculous! Toni works really, really hard. I’m proud of her, not jealous of her. I don’t even want to be the same kind of artist. I care about my sisters and I’m so passionate about everything—especially them—so when people see me going off, it’s just my emotions. I want to see them win and be happy. Sometimes I feel like I want to learn from them rather than them learning things from me all the time. I know a lot of things I say are things my sisters don’t want to hear from their youngest sibling, but I say them.

Her Solo Music Career

My biggest challenge [in the music biz] has been that everybody expects me to sound like Toni Braxton. I’m like, "she’s not here, and if you want Toni, then you’ll have to call her." [That expectation] was a lot to get over and I had to pound it into folks' heads that that’s not who I am. I wasn’t changing [for anyone]. I don’t want to sing R&B. I love rap, house—music of today that’s really poppin’!

On Why She's Not A Golddigger

Absolutely ridiculous! I find it highly offensive because me and my husband dated each other for seven years, but we’ve only been married for [a little more than] two years. I mean, who’s gonna be with someone just 'cause they got some money and be miserable? I ain’t doing that! If I didn’t love my husband for who he is, then why do I want to work and have my own career? That doesn’t even make any sense. Me and Vince are regular. Some days we cool, some days we want to pull each other’s hair out, but that’s real life because [two people] are not going to agree on everything. It also depends on what your definition of love is, it’s different things for different people. Some people think hugging and kissing someone in public all the time is love, but when Vince told me [thatsthetruth.com], it was out of love because he didn’t want me looking crazy, throwing temper tantrums without understanding that there’s an order to things in this business.

On Her Nose Job

I believe in plastic surgery or anything you have to do to make yourself feel good. I’m all about self-esteem. I’ve had my nose done. I was born without cartilage in my nose and when I was 16 I had my first operation—an implant put in my nose. My father had the same surgery. The reason I had it done was because it was hard for me to breathe and I snored terribly. Itwasnotcute.org (laughs). Eventually the implant gave me headaches, so I had to have the cartilage from my ear put in my nose. I have to have it done for a second time, remove the cartilage and remove the implant, but it’s so painful that I’ve been putting it off. But I have to have it done.

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