When Tamar Braxton announced that her forthcoming album, Bluebird of Happiness, will be her last record, her fans went into a tizzy speculating why the Grammy-nominated songtress would end her career so suddenly.
In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, the 40-year-old explains why she's choosing to step away from the mic and focus on life at home.
"There are a lot of things that I want to do, and a lot of things that are in the works,” she tells ET. “There's a lot of things that are going on in my relationship and me being close to this music industry, and whatever I can do to eliminate all of the stress and problems off of my relationship, I would rather do that."
Braxton and her husband, music producer Vince Herbert, wed in 2008 and welcomed their son, Logan in 2013. The couple appeared on WE Tv's Braxton Family Values and their spin-off shiw, Tamar and Vince.
"My husband [music executive Vince Herbert] and I work very close together and it's really hard, you know?” Tamar continues. “Not only do we work together, he is my baby daddy and, you know, we've been together forever. He's my best friend. It's a lot of things to discuss and argue about.”
Bluebird of Happiness, which will be the former talk show host's fourth studio album, has left Braxton anxious but ready to leave her audience with a passionate parting gift.
"I am nerv-cited,” she says of the release. “I'm nervous and excited at the same time. This has just been a project that's been so close to me, and I've worked really hard on it and it was kind of, like, the soundtrack to my life at the time.”
As for what she'll do next, Braxton plans to write songs for other musicians and continue to focus on family.
"This is just my job,” she says of singing. “When I go home, that's my home. I always want to keep my home a sanctuary and somewhere safe. Not just for me, but for my husband and my kid."