Celebrity Break-ups: Angela Simmons and Tamar Braxton Find the Strength to Walk Away

"Don't allow anyone to treat you like less than what you are!"

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Angela Simmons and Tamar Braxton have shared their lives on reality television. (Leon Bennett/WireImage/Paras Griffin/FilmMagic)

Angela Simmons has entered into the New Year a single woman. The mother of one is no longer engaged to Sutton Tennyson, the father of her 4-month-old son, and she is moving on after sharing the update on social media.

“I can truly say that this year has made me stronger,” she wrote on Instagram Friday, Dec. 29. “Well, I recognized my strength to walk away from what isn’t healthy for me. I faced my biggest fears this year. And from that, I am open to my new life and evolving.”

2017 … You were a beast . I can truly say that this year has made me stronger . Well I recognized my strength to walk away from what isn't healthy for me. I faced my biggest fears this year. And from that I am open to my new life and evolving . I truly have seen and been through some stuff that I know tons of women go through. And I speak up to let you know there's hope. All of those who are single mothers that are hurting that want to give up .. Don't ! Also don't stay somewhere that you aren't valued . And don't allow anyone to treat you less than what you are. It's not easy to face my truth in front of this cold world . But I face it with pride because I got through this and will get through it all! Protect yourself !!! Take the steps you need to make sure you are really happy!! Really happy inside. Not just a smile . Not just waking up to another day. But loving the day you are waking up in. I don't speak to down talk anyone . But I speak to free myself from my past. I'm ready to turn the page . And ready to uplift anyone who needs uplifting along the way! 2018 … I can't wait to meet you ❤️

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The “Growing Up Hip Hop” star also offered up some words of encouragement. Her message? Don’t stay in a relationship where you’re mistreated.


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“All of those who are single mothers that are hurting that want to give up … Don’t!” she said. “Also don’t stay somewhere that you aren’t valued. And don’t allow anyone to treat you [like] less than what you are … Protect yourself!!! Take the steps you need to make sure you are really happy!! Really happy inside. Not just a smile. Not just waking up to another day. But loving the day you are waking up in.”

The message was well-received among fans.

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And Simmons isn’t the only celebrity star who walked away from a bad relationship.

Tamar Braxton’s marital woes have been documented on the WeTV reality show, “Tamar & Vince” and amid their divorce, the singer claimed Vincent Herbert impregnated “Basketball Wives L.A.” star Laura Govan in a since-deleted Instagram post.

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Herbert and Govan have denied Gilbert Arena’s ex-girlfriend is having the music exec’s baby. TMZ also reported he told them he did not abuse Braxton. Jail records obtained by E! Online support Braxton’s claim that her ex-husband was arrested an detained on Dec. 25, however.

But why did Simmons and Braxton air their relationship statuses on social media in the first place? Relationship counselor Hasani Pettiford of Couples Academy explains it’s just an extension of the technology that’s taken over our interactions.

“I just think technology is just what it is today,” he said. “With the millennial generation, it is what it is. It’s just the new method. To me, it’s not a healthy one. It prohibits effective communication without a shadow of a doubt. We live in a very 140 character generation, where if I can’t text it or hashtag it, then it’s not worth saying. That’s just become [the] norm in terms of how we engage, so why would relationships be any different?”

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