‘The Real’ Host Adrienne Bailon Reacts After Fans Call Her Out for Her Silence on Tamar Braxton’s Hospitalization

When news broke that Tamar Braxton was being hospitalized following a possible suicide attempt, an array of people took to social media to send her love, well wishes, and supportive messages. One person we didn’t hear from, though, was Adrienne Bailon — her former co-host on The Real.

Because the two were once so close, fans began to call out the former Cheetah Girl for her silence. Responding to the critics, Bailon defended herself in a video posted online, saying she prefers to handle certain things privately.

Adrienne Bailon and Tamar Braxton
Adrienne Bailon and Tamar Braxton on the red carpet at an award show in June 2013 | Alberto Rodriguez/BET/Getty Images for BET

A quick recap of Tamar Braxton’s hospitalization

TMZ and The Blast reported on July 17 that Braxton had been found unresponsive a day earlier in a room at Los Angeles’ Ritz Carlton Hotel. Her boyfriend, David Adefeso, was reportedly the one who called 911, telling the dispatcher she had been drinking and had ingested an unknown amount of prescription pills.

As she was transported and treated at a local hospital, an email Braxton allegedly sent to We TV leaked, in which she accused it of exploiting her family and personal business (via The Blast). She said her experience with the network — which airs her show Braxton Family Values and the upcoming Get Ya Life — “broke” her and led to suicidal thoughts.

After Braxton was stabilized, a representative for the singer told Page Six on July 20, “Tamar has been transferred to another facility for further evaluation and treatment.” It is the latest update on the singer, at the time of this writing.

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Adrienne Bailon’s explanation for her silence on Tamar Braxton’s hospitalization

As messages to Braxton poured in, fans noticed that Bailon had been keeping quiet. After several days of public silence, the TV star took to social media to address some of the criticism she’d been receiving. Sitting down with her husband, gospel singer Israel Houghton, Bailon said: “I just think, for me, everything isn’t for Instagram. Everything isn’t for social media.”

Bailon acknowledged her tendency to share personal things with the world but said she still has limits in regard to the things she speaks about on the Internet. “I also think it’s important to know that real life is so much important than social media,” she continued.

“For me, I hold myself to a higher standard in real life than I do on social media. So I absolutely want to encourage people to pray for her, but in real life that’s what I’m doing.”

Doubling down on her stance, Bailon added: “‘That’s a really delicate situation and I absolutely think that we all should be praying for her, but not praying for her on social media posts. Pray for her in real life. So that, to me, is important. Reaching out to somebody in real life, is important.”

“Which you’ve done,” said Houghton.

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Tamar Braxton and Adrienne Bailon’s history

Braxton used to co-host The Real with Bailon, Jeannie Mai, Loni Love, and Tamera Mowry-Housley from its debut in 2013 to 2016 when she was fired. After her exit, Braxton had a major falling out with her co-hosts that lasted for years. But in March, the singer announced she had decided to let go of her past dramas.

“I feel that its the time to get along with everyone,” Braxton said in a March 24 tweet. “I don’t even have a feeling about people who wronged me in the past. I’m at the point in my life that if that’s your energy that’s on you. NOTHING or NO ONE is going to Dim the light that’s over me. That is mine.”

Her co-hosts did not respond to the tweet, but Bailon joined Braxton in a viral singing challenge that same month.

Read more: ‘The Real’: Fans Question What’s Going on After It Loses 2 Co-Hosts in 1 Month

How to get help: In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text HOME to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor at the free Crisis Text Line.