In an exclusive interview with Ebony this week, she laid the rumors to rest by revealing that her lighter toned skin is due to vitiligo, a skin disease which causes discoloration.
According to Tamar, she’s had the condition since she was younger and instead of sympathizing with her, people have tried to attack her and say that she’s bleaching to look lighter. To prove to the naysayers that she is not lying, Tamar also tweeted an Instagram pic of the discoloration on her hands along with a photo of herself as a child.
She told Ebony:
Anybody with skin issues knows that that’s a very sensitive subject. And that’s why I’ve never shared that I have Vitiligo, because I do. I’ve always had it, since I was a young girl. It’s not as bad as others because everybody has it differently, but I’ve certainly had mine diagnosed. That’s why I tan. People say, “You bleach your skin!” But I tan just so I can have a better tone on my skin, boo!
It’s gotten worse since I’ve gotten pregnant. If you shake my hand now, to me it’s more noticeable. But when you get diagnosed with a skin disorder, it’s hard. It does weigh on your self-esteem. It really does. But I’m done defending that. I’m not bleaching my skin and if I was bleaching my skin and I felt like saying so, I would, but for the record, I am not.
Other famous folks who have been diagnosed with Vitiligo include; Michael Jackson, Sisqo, Tempestt Bledsoe….and Darcel De Vlugt, a black girl who turned completely white by the age of 17 because of the skin condition.