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Toni Braxton Niece Dies at 24

4/30/2019 10:46 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

11:07 AM PT -- Traci Braxton tells us, "LoLo was more than my niece, she was my daughter; and I, my son and husband are truly heartbroken over her passing."

10:45 AM PT -- According to the police report -- obtained by TMZ -- a friend of Lauren's claims she was talking with Lauren in the kitchen and went upstairs for just 10 minutes. The friend told cops when she returned to the kitchen, Lauren was on the floor and unresponsive.

8:22 AM PT -- Trina Braxton just posted about Lauren's death, saying, "God sent me another angel! Rest in Heaven Lauren "LoLo" Braxton."Toni Braxton's niece has died in Maryland ... TMZ has learned. 

Lauren Braxton -- the daughter of Toni's younger brother, Michael Conrad Braxton Jr. -- died Monday ... according to her father, who tells us her death was related to a heart condition. 

Law enforcement tells TMZ ... they received a 911 call around noon on Monday, and Lauren -- who went by the nickname LoLo -- was unresponsive when they arrived. She was pronounced dead by paramedics.

Michael -- who is a Maryland native -- is the only son of the Braxton siblings. He and Toni are the elder siblings to Traci, Towanda, Trina and Tamar. Like most of his sisters, Michael is also a singer and songwriter and he's appeared on episodes of his sisters' reality show "Braxton Family Values." 

Michael started singing with his sisters in church choirs when they were young.

His daughter Lauren was 24.

RIP

Originally Published -- 6:51 AM PT

Tamar Braxton Sister Towanda Owes Her $35k ... Bankruptcy Messes with Family

4/30/2019 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tamar Braxton's learning the hard way lending money to family is not always wise ... especially when they filed for bankruptcy.

Tamar's older sister, Towanda, hit a rough patch ... filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy -- that's the serious kind. In the docs, you have to list your various debts -- and that includes owing Tamar a cool $35k for a personal loan. And, to add to her problem, Towanda says she's only bringing in an average of $4,692.50 in monthly income but estimates her monthly expenses at just over $6k.

And, it's just the tip of the iceberg. According to docs ... Towanda's on the hook for $547,056.39 but only has $277,650 in assets. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the math doesn't add up in her favor.

No word if the bankruptcy will add to more drama in the sisters' reality show "Braxton Family Values." They seem to be at war a lot. Remember when Tamar blew up on Trina for getting engaged on what Tamar felt like was still her birthday celebration? That was a doozy.

Tamar Braxton to Trina My Bad, Sis ... Didn't Mean to Rain On Engagement Parade!!!

3/28/2019 5:37 PM PDT
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Tamar Braxton is falling back into mea culpa mode just days after putting her sister, Trina, on blast for daring to get engaged ... during Tamar's birthday celebration.

ICYMI ... Tamar went off Tuesday on Trina's fiance, Von, after he popped the question to Trina. Tamar's issue is his timing sucked. The proposal went down on what Tamar considered a continuation of her bday bash. Check out the vid, Tamar rants about crappy gifts and Trina stealing her shine.

Tamar's now saying, "Oops!" She took to Instagram and said, "Sometimes you get so caught up in 'ME' you f*** up not only your night, but others as well! Looking at the bigger picture, I'm so excited and happy for [Trina] and [Von.]"

She didn't paint such a rosy picture earlier this week. Sources close to the situation tell TMZ ... Tamar's blowup was completely unwarranted because, for starters, the family celebrated Tamar's birthday on Monday.

We're told they had a birthday cake with candles and sang "Happy Birthday" ... the whole 9 yards. The next day -- when Tamar went off -- the family once again had dinner together to discuss their show, "Braxton Family Values."

The family meeting was NOT supposed to be another birthday bash ... especially since Tamar's birthday was March 17. Our sources say because the family got together again, Von felt it was a good time to propose ... especially because it's rare to get everyone together in the same room.

Our sources say Trina and Von do NOT feel like they stole Tamar's thunder -- after all, she'd already had her party.

We're told it's all water under the bridge now. As for Trina and the ring ... it's a beaut -- the center stone's nearly 2 carats.

It's a deep oval cut featuring another carat of smaller diamonds on the band. Congrats!!! 

Trina Braxton's Ex-Husband Gabe Solis Dead at 43

12/22/2018 12:57 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

12/22 12:50 PM PT -- Trina released a statement on her ex-husband's passing, saying ... "a chapter permanently closed for my sons and I. For over 16 years, Gabe Solis was an essential part of our lives."

She also apologized to friends and family who weren't aware of Gabe's situation and found out through the media ... specifically the Solis Family. Trina added ... "He was a father to my boys, a son, brother, and friend to many and I would appreciate privacy and respect as we grieve his unexpected departure."

Trina Braxton's ex-husband, Gabe Solis, has died after a battle with cancer ... TMZ has learned.

Sources tell us Solis died Thursday in Texas, where he hails from, and we're told he was surrounded by friends and family. 

Trina and Gabe wed in 2003 but divorced in 2015, and their on-again, off-again relationship was a frequent topic on the family's reality show -- "Braxton Family Values" -- even after they divorced.

The former couple also appeared on an episode of "Iyanla: Fix My Life" earlier this year -- more than 2 years after their split -- to hash out their issues and work on a plan to finally move on.

In the episode, Gabe confronted Trina about her verbal abuse and bullying and let her know how it affected him during their marriage. Despite their rocky road ... the 2 remained close friends.

We're told Gabe's health issues were kept under wraps and his passing comes as a surprise to many close to the family.

He was 43. 

RIP

Originally Published -- 12/21/2018 4:39 PM PST

Tamar Braxton's Mom Devastated My Child Was Molested ... I Feel Her Pain

9/25/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

When Tamar Braxton's mother heard the news her daughter was molested as a child -- she felt disappointed and hurt, but she's also ready to fight for justice.   

We got Evelyn Braxton Monday at LAX ... and she told us the most devastating part of the whole tragedy is coping with the fact that her daughter was violated by a family member.  

Evelyn doesn't know which family member molested her daughter ... she's going to let Tamar decide the best way to tell her story ... and she will stand by her side.  

We broke the story ... Tamar made the revelation earlier this month during a taping of Wendy Williams ... telling the talk show host she was molested as a child by members of both sides of her fam.

Towanda Braxton tells us her sister showed incredible strength ... adding Tamar has the right to speak her truth.

Towanda admits the family was hurt by Tamar's revelations, but says it's more important for victims to share their stories ... no matter who is involved.

'Braxton Family Values' Cast Walks Out Over I$$ue$ ... Show on Hiatus

6/27/2018 10:52 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Braxton Family Values" is on an indefinite break after the sisters and their mother made a family decision -- no taping until they're paid what they're worth.

Sources connected to the show tell us the entire cast -- Tamar, Toni, Towanda, Traci, Trina and mom Evelyn -- was scheduled to shoot in Atlanta last week, but only Traci showed up ... so WE tv sent the crew home and pulled the plug on taping.

Our sources say the Braxton women are refusing to return to work until the network and Magical Elves production company renegotiate their contracts for the second half of season 6.

The major bones of contention, we're told -- the cast feels their wardrobe and travel stipends are so low it's laughable. They also want their salaries increased to an "appropriate" level.

WE tv declined to comment, but sources close to the situation tell us the Braxtons are under contract through season 9. We also reached out to Magical Elves ... no word back so far.

Toni Braxton My Show Will Go On ... Without Tamar and Her Drama!

4/15/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

And then there was one ...

Toni Braxton is now hitting the road without either of her sisters after 86'ing Tamar from the upcoming family tour.

The tour was supposed to feature three of the Braxtons ... Toni along with Tamar and Traci as her opening acts. That didn't last long. We broke the story, Traci got the axe last month after she sparred with Tamar over her estranged husband, Vince Herbert

We're now told promoters also don't want to deal with Tamar's divorce drama -- so they dropped her from the tour, too. Important to note, Vince is still Tamar's manager.

As of now, we're told there's no replacement yet to open for Toni. The clock's ticking ... we're told the tour will kick off May 22.

Braxton Sisters Deal with It, Tamar! Your Ex is Fair Game for TV Trash Talk

3/21/2018 2:56 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tamar Braxton getting all butt hurt over her estranged husband's portrayal on "Braxton Family Values" makes zero sense to her sisters, who say they're gonna keep trashing him ... like family should!

Trina, Towanda and Traci Braxton told us Wednesday, Tamar's stance is hypocritical because she's guilty of airing the dirty laundry of other family members in the past.

We broke the story ... Tamar thinks the show's new season has been edited to vilify her soon-to-be-ex, Vincent Herbert. The sisters didn't exactly deny doing it, but said they just keep it real by sharing their true feelings ... whether cameras are rolling or not.

As for any contact with Vincent, sure sounds like the ladies still have Tamar's back ... as they did in October. Remember, we got them fresh off a plane on the way to comfort her after news of Vincent's alleged infidelity broke.

Toni Braxton Buys $3 Million Mansion 6 Months After Bankruptcy

1/28/2014 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Reality TV can pull you out of bankruptcy and get you a $3 million house next to Justin Bieber ... all in 6 MONTHS ... and Toni Braxton's living proof.

Real estate sources tell TMZ, Toni -- whose reality show "Braxton Family Values" is already on its third season -- just purchased a mansion for close to $3 million in Calabasas' exclusive gated community The Oaks ... just a few houses down from Justin.

The house is 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and measures 5,323 sq. ft.

Technically, it's the smallest house in the neighborhood ... but still, not too bad for someone who was dead ass broke less than a year ago.

Toni's real estate purchase has to sting for her old creditors -- as we reported, when Braxton filed for bankruptcy in 2010 (for the second time) she claimed debts as high as $50,000,000 ... and only ended up repaying a tiny fraction of that before the debts were cleared entirely.

Only in America ...

Trina Braxton Hubby Challenging Divorce On Grounds of Love

12/2/2013 12:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

"Braxton Family Values" star Trina Braxton has an unusual problem -- the husband she wants to divorce has filed legal docs challenging her right to a divorce ... on grounds they allegedly still love each other.

We broke the story ... Toni Braxton's sister filed for divorce from Gabriel Adrian-Solis earlier this year, claiming their 10-year marriage was irretrievably broken ... after both of them admitted to cheating.

But Adrian-Solis doesn't believe the marriage is kaput ... he's filed docs in Georgia challenging the divorce petition ... claiming whatever's wrong with their relationship can be fixed. 

According to the docs ... he wants a judicial declaration that a reconciliation is possible ... with a little work from both.

So new song -- Don't Unbreak My Divorce.

Toni Braxton's Sister I'm Finally Divorcing My Cheating Husband

6/1/2013 12:20 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Braxton Family Values" star Trina Braxton can't un-break her marriage ... the reality star finally pulled the trigger on her divorce from philandering husband Grabriel Adrian-Solis, TMZ has learned.

Toni Braxton's sister filed divorce docs in Georgia court claiming her marriage was irretrievably broken. Trina and Gabriel tied the knot in August 2003, separated in March 2013, and are currently living in separate pads.

It's not exactly a shock -- the duo suffered from a slew of marital problems, including infidelity. 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 their reality TV show. 

As for the nuts and bolts of it all ... 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. She's asking for a total divorce, claiming there's no hope for reconciliation.

In times like these, at least she's got Toni ...

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