Traci Braxton, 45, To Divorce Husband Of Two Decades? Here’s The Answer
Right after the divorce of her sister Trina Braxton, it looked like the relationship of American R&B singer Traci Braxton and her husband too was not going to last much longer as well. The marriage of two decades was on the brink of divorce after accusations were led at each other by both the parties.
But did they eventually get divorced or were they able to save their marriage? Continue reading to find out the answers!
The Fate of the Marriage
Traci and her husband, Kevin Surratt, who share a child together, Kevin Surratt Jr., are also parents to two more children. The couple first met in 1993, befriended each other and fell in love eventually.
However, their relationship wasn't bliss all the time; they also had rough phases in their marriage, which started when the 45-year-old reality TV star first accused her partner of infidelity.
Kevin, who is an actor by profession, was accused of fathering an illegitimate child during an extra-marital affair. Traci even demanded her husband to take a paternity test in 2013 to disprove the rumors.
Although it is not clear whether Kevin actually had a child apart from his marriage or not, the allegations against him cheating on his wife, on numerous occasions, turned out to be true. However, Traci too was not all innocent on this one.
Traci Braxton with husband Kevin Surratt (Photo: Wetv.com)
But putting their differences aside, the couple decided to give their marriage a last chance by joining the 3rd Season of the popular We TV series 'Marriage Boot Camp.' It was a noble attempt, but things didn’t turn out as expected for the couple.
In an episode, where Traci and Kevin were tasked with saying mean and derogatory things to each other, the truth of the long-lasting marriage was finally out in the media in 2014. The conversation started with Traci accusing her husband of not giving importance to his family and spending too much money on himself.
The actual words she spoke were,
“You never spend any time with me. You’re always gone. You always wanna hang around fellas all the time. You keep spending money that you’re not even supposed to be spending. You never asked me, Tracy let’s go and let’s think about buying something. But you just go ahead and you just take it yourself. Ok I’m gonna spend this money I guess cause this is what I want. You never discussed with me.”
Instead of defending himself, Kevin continued the blame game and said,
“You don’t want to listen to me tight. I don’t say things the way you want me to say it. You degrade me like I’m less than you.”
Traci further added,
“You treat me like a child. You just tell me what to do all the time.”
In fear of losing the argument, Kevin decided to play the ultimate card and blamed her for drinking too much. In response, Traci justified herself by saying that she liked her breakfast beer.
Traci Braxton and husband on Marriage Boot Camp (Photo: Pinterest.co.uk)
Traci later talked about the incident with her sisters Trina and Towanda on the We TV show "Braxton Family Values." She told,
“I was so mad with Kevin because he whispered to me, you drinking too much. I told him I think we should have a divorce.”
She also tried to defend her drinking habits explaining that although she loved drinking, she was not a drunk.
It was clear that the relationship that had started off as a friendship and later turned into marriage was hanging on a thread which could break at any moment. However, the 'Marriage Boot Camp,' which was initially a disaster for the partners, also resulted in their redemption.
Previously, in an interview with Lenny Green, they talked about how their marriage was losing intimacy. They also discussed the role that 'Marriage Boot Camp'' played in filling their communication gaps by making them open up to each other.
After going through some tough times, it seems like Traci and Kevin still have faith in their marriage. The marriage, which was once infested with infidelity, alcoholism, and lack of communication, is finally on its way to a speedy recovery.
Apart from maintaining a healthy marriage despite going through some terrible marital crisis, Traci and her husband have welcomed the newest member of their family. Traci has recently become a grandmother and her son Kevin Jr., a father. Kevin Jr.'s girlfriend, Olivia Haaron gave birth to a baby boy in May 2018.
Traci. although a proud grandma, she does not like the word and instead enjoys being called a "Duchess."
Traci shares the picture of her recent born grandson, whose name has not been disclosed, on 12 May 2018 (Photo: Traci's Instagram)
Earlier, when Olivia was pregnant with the baby in late March 2018, Traci had mentioned the reason for preferring the term "Duchess" rather than the more traditional word, grandmother. In an interview with The Grio, the reality queen had said,
“My sisters and I…when we were younger, we said if we ever have kids, and our kids have kids, our names would be duchess. That’s royalty, thats what they call the Queens when they have grandkids. So, I’m royalty.”
The arrival of a grandson has brought the Braxton family closer and helped them realize the value and importance of being together as a unit.
More about Traci Braxton
Traci Braxton was born in Severn, Maryland to parents Michael Conrad Braxton Sr. and Evelyn Jackson. Her father was a Methodist clergyman and power company worker while her mother was a pastor, a cosmetologist, as well as former opera singer. Traci, who was born in the year 1971, celebrates her birthday every year on April 2 and has a brother named Michael Conrad Braxton Jr.
Her singing career started when the Braxton sisters (Toni, Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar) signed their first record deal with Arista Records in 1989. The sisters released their first and only single as a fivesome, ‘Good Life' back in 1990 The song; however, was not a success.
Though her sister Toni left the group in 1991, Traci, along with her other sisters, continued playing for their original band ‘The Braxtons.' The band released their debut studio album ‘So Many Ways’ in 1996. The album reached #2 on the US Heatseekers chart.
The Braxtons released their second studio album 'Braxton Family Christmas' in 2015 which reached #1 on the US Heatseekers chart. The group's single 'So Many Ways' reached #22 on the US R&B chart.
Their single 'Only Love' reached #3 in New Zealand and their single 'The Boss' reached #1 on the US Dance chart.
In 2013, Traci hosted her own Radio Show called 'The Traci Braxton Show,' which was a success. Traci also stars in the We TV show ‘Braxton Family Values’ with her sisters in 2011. The show has already completed five seasons with 115 episodes. Its sixth season is currently on air and it has already become a hit due to the addition of a non-family member and the ongoing feud between the Braxton sisters.
The latest season saw reality star Phaedra Parks joining the show as one of the lead members, despite being objected by Tamar. Traci and her new BFF are even traveling South Dakota and Wyoming to have a taste of the cowboy lifestyle by living among them.
The dispute between the sisters had started when the siblings of Traci felt overshadowed by her presence in the show and denied to shoot for some episodes. However, this is not much of a concern as Traci has Phaedra to help her gain viewers for the season and also she in her own words explained that having a dollar maker is much more important than the hate of a broke person.
Traci, who enjoys a net worth of $800 thousand, suffered from obesity in the past as well. Her eating disorder caused her to suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure, but she later recovered after reevaluating her diet and making a massive weight loss of 64 pounds over the course of two years.
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