She’s dumping her philandering husband Grabriel Adrian-Solis.
Trina Braxton filed filed divorce papers in a Georgia court on the basis that her marriage was irretrievably broken. Gabriel and Trina married in 2003, but separated and having been living apart since March of this year.
Basically their marriage was a hot mess anyway. Gabriel has admitted to cheating on Trina with numerous women in the past and Trina admitted to cheating on Gabriel — all of which played out on the “Braxton Family Values” reality show.
Trina says she’ll try to work out a financial agreement with her estranged husband to divvy up their assets (and debts) as calmly as possible, reports TMZ. She’s asking for a total divorce, claiming there’s no hope for reconciliation.
*What?! Has Trina Braxton toned down her party animal side in favor of her heretofore unknown entrepreneurial side?
It looks that way. When Sister 2 Sister caught up with the “Braxton Family Values” star at the BET Honors, she explained that she’s morphing into a business woman.
“You will be able to see the entrepreneurial side of Trina, not just the flagrant drinking side of Trina. There’s so many more facets to me than people don’t really realize or see–or understand.
“A lot of times when you’re doing a reality show; I think sometimes at first they try to define characters. Hopefully and prayerfully as seasons go on, you’ll really be able to see the depth of who that person is.”
Check out more of what she has to say in the video below:
*This week, EUR partner, the Jasmine Brand sat down with the cast of We TV’sBraxton Family Values to discuss their new season (2.5), which started this week. The entire cast (with the exception of Toni Braxton), including Towanda, Tamar, Trina, Traci, and mother Miss Evelyn were quite candid and were just as entertaining in person, as they are on TV. Peep a few excerpts below.
On what’s the secret ingredient to the success of ‘Braxton Family Values’:
[Tamar] The secret ingredient is that we’re not cast members, we’re sisters. At the end of the day, if we get into an argument no one’s gonna throw glass or be totally disrespectful. At the end of the day, we’re gonna make up, we’re gonna get along. We’re gonna say I love you. Our mother did a great job raising us as women. We learned how to talk to each other instead of putting our hands up and fighting each other. Black women get on tv use their opportunity and get on there and get to fighting i just think that’s ridiculous.
With the alleged incident between Evelyn Lozada and Chad Ochocinco, if any of them have experienced domestic abuse:
[Tamar] I know i definitely have…It’s not something I’m going to give power to. Because i feel that I’m over it. Any platform that I have, if I can help somebody, I [will] help them, but I’m not going to use that platform to give someone the satifaction or that power.
[Towanda] I don’t think anything warrants a man to beat a woman. Whether it was head butting, pinching, punching, pushing. I don’t think a big mouth warrants abuse; whatsoever.
Visit theJasmineBrand.com to watch the full interview, along with what episode Tamar & Towanda are DREADING to see on this season.
Miss Evelyn, Traci, Tamar, Trina, Towanda Braxton and Jasmine Brand
Miss Evelyn, Traci, Tamar, Jasmine Brand, Trina, Towanda
*Get ready for Season 2 – part two – of our favorite singing sisters, Trina, Tamar, Toni, Towanda and Traci, and their lovely mother Evelyn, aka the Braxtons.
“Braxton Family Values” will return to WEtv’s estrogen-filled line up this Thursday, August 16, with the airing of the second half of season two. During this upcoming half season, not only will you see the Braxton sisters expressing themselves int the compelling and entertaining ways they’ve proven to know how, but it will also serve the purpose of setting up Tamar and Vince, a spinoff from BFV about the misadventures of the family’s very colorful youngest sibling and her music mogul husband.
EUR had the privilege of speaking with Trina Braxton, the fun-loving, second-to-youngest sister, and she offered her thoughts on the show and the family’s interaction as well as shedding light on how she sees things and her own somewhat controversial presence on the show.
EUR: We’re all looking forward to seeing you ladies on TV again. So, this is a continuation of season 2 as opposed to a season 3…explain?
Trina Braxton: We’ve done about 19 or 20 episodes, so we just didn’t want to give people too much at once. I think we just wanted to give them a little something extra. It’s also ushering in the Tamar and Vince show. When you see Tamar on Braxton Family Values, she’s real “doo wop pop pop” all the time, but this will give the fans another light to see Tamar in, as an executive, an executive’s wife and I think the fans are gonna appreciate the new light.
EUR: Well, this far in, did you expect to get the reception the show has gotten?
TB: I don’t think any of us went in with any expectations, because we are a real family and we wanted to just show our story and tell our story and have a positive portrayal of reality shows.
EUR: As the show went on, it seemed that relationships were becoming strained due to all the attention, is that a fair assessment?
TB: I want to say no. When it comes to relationships, like me and Gabe, it was already tumultuous. The relationship between my sisters and I, it was almost as if we had issues that were unresolved and sometimes when you get a chance to look back at a situation, you understand it with a lot more clarity. In essence, it’s made us a lot closer.
EUR: Off camera, what are some of the things the sisters do to nurture the bond, which is what we love most about the show?
TB: We’re not afraid to make mistakes and we’re not afraid to say I’m sorry. So, it helped us to mature a lot as a family.
EUR: With this continuation, will the relationships survive or will we see permanent break ups?
TB: Well, you don’t want me to give too much away, do you? I’ll tell you, Toni will be singing with new background singers, but I’m not sure how that’s gonna turn out, because she’s used to us. I mean, she’s being respectful of us trying to pursue our own careers and our destinies, and you can only applaud that from her, however, she’s accustomed to us being with her. If she wants to watch something on television, we’ll get together and click through the channels or watch a movie and I think she’s definitely gonna miss things like that.
EUR: Another important element of the show is the music. Have you made headway with your individual career and what is the status of the possibility of a Braxton’s album?
TB: It’s making snail trails, but it’s getting there and the great thing about this half season is you’re gonna see my new video. The song is “Party or Go Home.”
Sometimes our foot’s in the door and sometimes our foot is out of the door, so while we’re waiting, everyone’s solo careers are beginning to pop off, because Tamar is working on her career, I’m working on mine, and Toni is working on her own as well. So, it seems like between that and the television show, we can’t seem to get together to make a record. Especially since Tamar and I are doing The Soul Man, as well, and Toni is doing a movie, so in between, life it just happening.
EUR: How have you changed since you’ve invited us into your life via the show?
TB: I’ve learned about myself. I’ve learned that I am imperfect, as a person, as a wife, as a mother, as a sister, but it’s ok to be imperfect and make mistakes … and go to counseling…therapy has helped so much. I now know it’s ok to be imperfect and to make mistakes.
EUR: Has the relationship between your father and the sisters changed for the better since we were first exposed to the challenges?
TB: When we were growing up, we always had our dad. He was a provider and we didn’t want for anything, but when they divorced, it was almost like he divorced us. He became estranged and that was very new to us, because it’s not what we were accustomed to as a family. But I think even watching made my dad realize how much we do miss him and how much we love him in spite of what happened between he and mommy….we didn’t want to be put in the middle of that, because even as grown people we were affected. I think adults watch BFV because we show different aspects of family life, good, bad and indifferent. We’re working on rebuilding the relationship with our dad and it’s been great.
EUR: What’s been the most disturbing experience you or your sisters have had since participating in the show?
TB: When my sisters and I argued to the point of tears, because when you love someone, you don’t want to hurt their feelings and sometimes you don’t know how hurtful your words can be. When you watch the show back and you reflect, you go, “oh my god, did I really say that?” What, am I a mean girl right now? You never want to see a person you love hurt and you never want to be the person that inflicts the pain.
EUR: What’s been the experience that has made it all worth it?
TB: I get to work with my family. Do they work on my nerves? Yes. Do they work on my nerves badly? Yes. However, if I were gonna be on a reality show, I’m glad I get to do it with family and not some random strangers. I think it allows people to see another side of reality, because with my parents, you won’t see us fighting, you won’t see us throwing glasses of water or wine at each other or spitting on each other … you might hear a few curse words, because we’re not perfect, but you won’t see anything physical between us.
EUR: What is one question you wish we would ask, but don’t?
TB: I would like people to ask me about my goals and aspirations, because when people watch the show, you get one hour of my life each week. I am more than just a glass of wine, but that’s what people have about me, that I party all the time. Mind you, i enjoy life, but it’s put into perspective though. I’m older and I’m a true business woman. I enjoy reading and there are just so many sides of me that people don’t see or don’t understand.
EUR: What is one question you would prefer to never answer again?
TB: People always ask me, “where are your children?” While they are a large part of my life, they are my life. My children are 17 and 14 years old and for some reason, people think that I don’t want them to be on the show. My children are old enough to make that type of decision for themselves and they chose not to be on the show. Sometimes that’s so hard to explain.
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As Solis continues to battle sex addiction, Braxton committed herself to being there for him and the children, despite their differences.
“As far as the status of Gabe and I, I have filed for divorce. However, we are being very adult about it,” Trina told 365Voice.com. “We are talking, we are still raising the children together and we are still praying about his sex addiction therapy that he’s going to a counselor for.”
She admitted, however, one of the biggest struggles for their relationship has been the show. Being that their lives are taped around the clock, it was difficult keeping their business private and their struggles to themselves.
“We’re doing a lot of praying and a lot of keeping outside influences away from our decision making,” Trina shared. “I think that’s one of the biggest mistakes we’ve made through the seasons of ‘Braxton Family Values.’”
In the meantime, she’s focusing on her career and children. But she does know what she wants in her next man. She says a God-fearing man with a little leeway would fit the bill just nice, and he must get along with her children.
*The stars of WE tv’s “Braxton Family Values” filmed the reunion show for their current second season in Los Angeles over the weekend.
Sisters Toni, Tamar, Trina, Towanda and Traci, along with mother Evelyn, attended the taping with returning host Wendy Williams.
The special addressed issues such as the tension and jealousy between Toni and Tamar; Trina’s marital woes with cheating hubby Gabe; Tamar’s hubby Vince’s hospitalization; Traci’s struggle to find her true calling; and Evelyn’s recent engagement (and whether or not she went through with the wedding).
The “Braxton Family Values” season finale airs Thursday, March 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The “Braxton Family Values” reunion special airs Thursday, March 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Traci argues with Tamar in Dec. 8 episode of "Braxton Family Values"
*The title of tonight’s “Braxton Family Values” episode, “New Doo-Whop Chick,” is about the trials and tribulations of Miss Traci as she finally gets her chance to sing backup for Toni.
Of course there’s drama involved.
Toni dispatches an impatient Tamar to teach Traci how to get her doo-wop-pop-pop on properly. Meanwhile, Towanda adds pressure by seriously doubting that Traci is anywhere near stage-ready.
And finally, Traci’s big moment backing Toni alongside Towanda and Trina at an Indianapolis gig turns disastrous when her memory goes blank – and she just WALKS OFF STAGE, leaving Toni in shock.
Scroll down to watch all three of these clips from tonight’s episode.
In the audio below, Tamar tells EURweb’s Lee Bailey that as much as she and her sisters yell at each other and bicker over every little thing [see clips below], you will never see them come to blows or get violent like some women of color on other reality shows.
“Where’s that [rumor] coming from?” she asked when the question was posed by Angela Yee of New York’s Power 105.1.
“Toni is in every episode of the show,” Towanda assured.
So now that’s out the way, the next question should be, “Do the sister’s need a break from TV?”
It looks like the ladies are having a hard time in the love department of life, despite their success in the industry.
Towanda is eyeing divorce from her unemployed husband Andre Carter, with whom she’s in an open relationship.
“I’m just trying to get it together. I’m a mess,” admitted Towanda. “An open relationship, for me, is when I don’t ask, and he don’t tell,” she explained.
It’s gotten so bad that the two don’t even sleep in the same bed.
“It’s been years since we actually did that,” Towanda said, referring to sex. For her physical satisfaction, she said she uses toys.
And for sister Trina, her marriage is going through hell as well.
Her husband, Gabe Solis, is paranoid and wants to know where she’s at and whom she’s with and who she is talking to at all times.
“My husband put a phone tracker on my cell phone where he could check all my text messages and he could put a GPS system on there…. He has his own personal issues. He doesn’t trust himself, therefore, he doesn’t trust me,” said Trina, adding, “I should have had him arrested.”
Solis has admitted in the past to being unfaithful, but Trina isn’t ready to give up yet.
But the other married ladies are doing just fine with their husbands. However, Toni remains divorced.
*As the Braxton sisters gear up for tonight’s season 2 premiere of their hit reality series “Braxton Family Values,” breakout star Tamar continues to focus on the health of her music producer husband Vincent Herbert, who remains hospitalized after suffering a pulmonary embolism despite reports last week that he had been released.
“The bottom line is he’s still in the hospital and he’s recuperating,” Tamar told EUR’s Lee Bailey exclusively in a phone interview Wednesday from the hospital.
Tamar Braxton and husband Vincent Herbert
“He’s out of the woods. He did have multiple clots in his lungs. They’ve been able to stabilize everything, but now he’s in the recuperating stage,” she said. “He’s not well enough to be at home.”
In the audio below, Tamar tells us when she expects Vincent to be released.
Below, Tamar – alongside Trina, Towanda and Traci - gives us an exclusive preview of what to expect this season on “Braxton Family Values,” which premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on WeTV. The siblings also clear up false reports that Toni left the show – a rumor that has the ladies completely baffled.
“All I know is she’s been taping an awful lot,” Tamar says below. “So does she have her own reality show going on, or is she still on the ‘Braxton Family Values?’”
*WEtv’s “Braxton Family Values” ends its first season tonight at 9 with an explosive finale that has the siblings and their mother finally confronting the patriarch who left the family for another woman.
In the clips below, Mama Evelyn gets into it with her ex-husband over the affair, and the usually restrained Towanda finally snaps and goes in on Temar in defense of her husband.
And then there’s the reunion show.
The drama continues on the Wendy Williams-hosted special following at 10 p.m. In the clips, Toni and Tamar get into a shouting match when Toni suggests that her sisters sing on her album instead of doing a Braxton album – and Tamar loses it!
Also, Tamar is asked about all the hate she receives on the blogs – and responds as only she can.
*WE tv’s one-hour “Braxton Family Values” reunion special, hosted by die-hard fan Wendy Williams, will premiere Tuesday, June 14th at 10 p.m. ET/PT, directly following the show’s season finale at 9.
Titled “Braxton Family Reunion,” the special will see Wendy getting the scoop on everything, from Toni’s money-woes, Trina’s DUI, their shaky marriages, and Temar.com.
In the meantime, tomorrow’s June 7 episode sees Mama Evelyn and the sisters travel back to their Maryland hometown, where they get into some painful issues involving their cheating minister father, and Toni’s memories of being teased as a “religious kid.”
They also visit their old childhood home, only to be kicked off the property when the owner returns.