Perhaps not surprisingly, Tamar Braxton is now officially out of “Dancing With the Stars” — forced to withdraw from the show due to blood clots found in her lungs.
The singer and reality TV star was rushed to the hospital Monday, merely hours prior to this week’s live broadcast. The entertainer had been suffering from pneumonia for the past two weeks. When it came time for her performance with partner Val Chmerkovskiy, the judges scored their taped dress rehearsal.
Braxton managed to return in time for her second dance of the night, a duet with fellow contestant Nick Carter. She and Chmerkovskiy then survived the elimination at the end of the show. And there was hope that would be the end of it.
Early Wednesday, however, Braxton announced via Instagram that she was quitting the competition. “With a Heavy heart I regret to inform you that my season of #dwts has to come to an end along with the rest of my tour dates with @musicbykem. After yesterday’s final #dwts performance I went back to the hospital (after the doctors didn’t want me to leave in the first place) only to find out that I don’t have pneumonia but something way more serious and that is having several P.E.’s (blood clots in both sides of my lungs) As you all know I will be the first to always encourage anyone to push through any obstacle that comes along one’s way. But in this case, my health is my current obstacle. .. And in TRUE #tamartian form I must go about this the exact same way as I would anything else. I woke up to a mirror and saw myself this morning and that makes me the winner because that almost wasn’t the case. Take care of yourselves… I love you and thank you ALL for your support. p.s. Big hugs and kisses to my boo @iamvalc for being beyond a friend, brother and the BEST partner EVER.”
The post was accompanied by the above photo of Braxton and Chmerkovskiy in the hospital. For his part, the reigning “Dancing With the Stars” winner posted a similar shot, along with sad emojis. Braxton is now the second contestant to drop out of the competition this season, although Kim Zolciak was technically disqualified when, due to her stroke, she was unable to travel.