24WiredTV spoke exclusively with Traci Braxton about the upcoming episodes of Braxton Family Values. The series’ second season, which concluded earlier this year, is back for a round of six extra episodes. Traci hinted at what those episodes have to offer regarding her family’s path forward and her own personal life progressions.
24WireTV: During the infamous therapy session toward the end of this past season, we got the feeling you had a lot on your mind that you didn’t get to say. What was going through your head?
Traci Braxton: When my sisters told me I need to lose some weight, I was pretty pissed off. I was like, “How dare you say I need to lose some weight?”–like I’m really obese, or something like that. But I don’t think they really showed during the taping that Toni came to me and was like, “Traci, we’re just really concerned about you, because you’ve never been this big before.” And then they found that I was diabetic, and there were some health issues. [My sisters] were like, “Wait a minute, Traci. Come on, now. Something is going on. You’re gonna need to lose some weight. You have a son. You’ve gotta think about yourself.” And when I sat back and had to think about it, I was like, “They are totally right.” Diabetes is a silent killer. You have to start living a healthy life. Your diet has to be right. And plus, I didn’t want to be on pills the rest of my life.
24WiredTV: Why was it necessary to continue season two, even after you had a season finale?
Traci Braxton: Two-point-five, you know? The viewers wanted more of us. And we were like, “Okay, let’s do this. Let’s give them a little bit extra.” They’ve been so loyal to us.
24WiredTV: What do the next six episode have to offer in terms of your personal journey?
Traci Braxton: Well, you’ll see me continue to look for my salon. I will be opening up my salon very very soon. Me and my sisters [will be] bumping heads a lot. But we’re still loving each other even harder. You see the bickering. [laughs] And setting boundaries with each other.
24WiredTV: Toni is looking for background singers. How do you feel about that?
Traci Braxton: Her and her new background singers, they’re not gonna last long. It’s nothing like her loving sisters.
24WiredTV: Will you be appearing at all on Tamar and Vince’s spin-off show?
Traci Braxton: Not right now. People need to see that side of Tamar. That’s Tamar and Vince’s life, so I think they just need to show everyone their family side. Because all of us have different family sides.
24WiredTV: Where do you see yourself once the third season starts?
Traci Braxton: I have a surprise for everybody. I cannot let that out the bag yet. [This season] I’m doing a lot of giving back to my community. [I'm involved with the] Boys and Girls Club, I’m doing a walk for cancer. A lot of people don’t know that I used to work with emotionally disturbed adolescents for 15 years, as a senior counselor. A lot of people don’t know that I was in the social work family. I get a chance to show that side of me.
New episodes of Braxton Family Values air on WEtv starting Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 9 PM EST.