Tamar Braxton Drops Out of DWTS Due to Blood Clots After Dramatic Comeback: 'My Health is My Current Obstacle'
Following her hospitalization during the show this week, Tamar Braxton confirms she will not be returning to Dancing with the Stars – however, her departure is due to blood clots in both of her lungs and not pneumonia, as previously believed.
The R&B singer, 38, took to Instagram early on Wednesday to share a photograph of herself in a hospital bed looking glum alongside partner Val Chmerkovskiy to announce she is dropping out of the competition.
“With a Heavy heart I regret to inform you that my season of #dwts has to come to an end,” she wrote, adding that she also will not continue as a special guest on tour with musical artist KEM.
Braxton was rushed to the hospital during dress rehearsal for Monday’s episode. Despite missing most of the show, she was not eliminated from the competition after making a dramatic, last-minute return 20 minutes before the end of the broadcast and participating in a group performance with Nick Carter.
During the show, Chmerkovskiy said Braxton “came on the lot 15 minutes before we danced, sick with pneumonia and exhausted.” But Braxton revealed Wednesday she has been diagnosed with pulmonary embolism.
“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),” Braxton wrote. “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.”
Braxton thanked her “boo” Chmerkovskiy “for being beyond a friend, brother and the BEST partner EVER.”
Chmerkovskiy also posted a picture on Instagram of himself sitting with Braxton in the hospital with several sad emojis and the caption: “#teamvalentay.”
After’s Monday’s show, Carter told PEOPLE Braxton was physically “unstable” during their routine: “I really had to put her first and assume that responsibility and make sure that she was taken care of.”
A spokesperson for DWTS producer BBC Worldwide Productions confirmed Braxton’s exit.
“Our pro and celebrity dancers’ health is paramount. We wish her all the best and hope she recovers quickly,” the spokesperson told PEOPLE.
Carter’s dance pro Sharna Burgess said Braxton had been “getting more and more sick throughout the week” but was “fighting it so hard because she wanted to be here.”
“I can’t believe how much strength she had to get out there on that dance floor to not be disqualified tonight,” Burgess added, hailing Braxton’s “incredible” dedication.
Braxton isn’t the only star to be sidelined because of health issue this season. Kim Zolciak-Biermann was forced to withdraw from the show in late September after suffering a mini stroke. Her doctors had cleared her to dance, but she was not allowed to fly from her home in Atlanta to Los Angeles in time for the broadcast.
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