Raquel Harper talks to rap star Kevin Gates about his beefs, missteps, and numerous legal issues. Tamar Braxton takes Raq to her first spin class to talk about her dating life, her divorce, and why she shaved her head completely bald. Also, Marlon Wayans goes on a hilarious axe throwing spree with Raquel.
The singer/ reality star opened up to ET ahead of the show’s Jan. 21 return to CBS, where she admitted her sisters are a bit apprehensive about how she’ll do on the show.
“My sisters think I’m absolutely nuts,” the 41-year-old R&B singer shared. “Toni, in particular, she was like, ‘You do know you have never had a roommate, and you are used to doing things your way.'”
“I’m nervous getting stuck in a house with anyone,” she admitted. “I’ve never had a roommate before. I don’t know how that is going to work out on this show.
“To be stuck in a house with a bunch of celebrities, I guess I’m used to it,” she said. “My sisters are pretty much celebrities, I guess so, but that doesn’t really faze me at all.”
Another thing going for Tamar is her competitive drive.
“I’m hardcore competitive fan or not,” she explained. “But because I’m in the Big Brother house, I’m really competitive and I’m ready to win some competitions.”
Additionally, Tamar, who was unable to join the cast last season, is happy it worked out this time around.
“Well, to be honest, last year I was presented with the opportunity to come on the first season. And due to some contractual obligations that I had, I couldn’t do it,” she said. “I was so bummed and then this year again they asked me and I basically cleared my schedule. Seriously, I’m not missing another opportunity to be on my favorite show.”
And as such a big fan of the show, Tamar is prepared to avoid some of the common pitfalls of houseguests, including the notorious showmance.
“I am not interested in having a showmance,” she exclaimed. “You’re not going to play me in front of the whole world, honey, no, no, no.”
CBS has ordered a second season of Celebrity Big Brother, with Tamar Braxton and Kandi Burruss signed on for the star-studded competition show.
According to reports, Additional players include actor/host Jonathan Bennett (“Veronica Mars,” “Cake Wars”), comedian Tom Green (“Freddy Got Fingered”), Olympian Lolo Jones, actor/singer Joey Lawrence (“Gimme a Break,” “Blossom”), WWE wrestler Natalie Eva Marie, and former NFL player Ricky Williams.
There’s also quite a few former “Dancing with the Stars” contestants in the mix, including Bennett (Season 19), Braxton (Season 21), Jones (Season 19), Lawrence (Season 3), and Lochte (Season 23). Green was on “Celebrity Apprentice” with Scaramucci’s former boss Trump, while Williams was on “The New Celebrity Apprentice,” but with host Arnold Schwarzenegger (not Trump).
Julie Chen Moonves is back to host “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition,” which launches on Monday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m., followed by another episode on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. on CBS.
The six-part documentary that debuted Thursday night contains more than 50 interviews. It features testimony from women who accuse Kelly of mental, physical and sexual abuse, as well as interviews with associates and relatives of the singer R. Kelly, including his brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly. Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, and singer John Legend, Drea Kelly, Wendy Williams also provided commentary.
John Legend took to Twitter to respond to the praise he received for agreeing to take part in the docuseries.
“To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all,” he said in a tweet, adding that it was an “easy decision.”
Jada Pinkett Smith urged parents to watch “Surviving R. Kelly” with their children, as she did with her daughter.
On Friday, it was reported that Braxton owes nearly half a million dollars in back taxes. Court records obtained by The Blast, the Internal Revenue Service filed the first lien against the singer on December 4. The lien states that Braxton owes a total of $340,252.99 in back taxes for 2017.
A mere days later, the State of California Franchise Tax Board hit her with a tax lien of their own over $116,154.64 for money owes.
The grand total of the liens comes to $456,407.63.
Both the IRS and the State of California warn Braxton to hurry up and pay or they will start the process of seizing her property.
In similar news, Tamar confirms a new season of ‘BFV’ #onthegram.