Mary Mary’s Tina Campbell recalls contemplating suicide during husband’s infidelity
The Grammy-winning gospel duo Mary Mary are back with a new season of their reality series, debuting tonight on WE tv.
This season, Erica Campbell is at the top of her game, having won a Grammy, Dove and Soul Train Award, and Tina’s solo career is on the rise. These now-solo sisters have become accustomed to being at the top as part of the dynamic duo that is Mary Mary; however, their careers now have them in direct competition with each other. Viewers will watch as Erica and Tina attempt to overcome the the obstacle of balancing their individual careers and personal lives, all while trying to rekindle their group flame as Mary Mary.
During an interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon, Erica and Tina opened up about how their bond as sisters strengthened in the midst of their most difficult individual circumstances.
Tina opened up about hitting rock bottom a few years ago and contemplating suicide after finding out their her husband, Teddy Campbell, had been cheating on her with a woman who was like the “godmother” to their three children.
“I was suicidal and homicidal,” Tina recalled. “It wasn’t like, ‘I done lost my man I want to kill myself.’ I loved my husband, but I was like ‘I can get another man.'”
“It wasn’t about losing my man. I was like, ‘Okay, I’m a family woman, and I don’t even have one.’ My family was just a complete lie,” Tina said. “Now my faith… I can’t do lying. So I’m not going to be a hypocrite and be mad at God and out there trying to share the Gospel and inspire people. So I didn’t want to do Gospel music anymore.”
Tina said it was at that point that she hit an unimaginable low.
“All I got left is my kids. I’m not good to them because I’m depressed, I’m sad, I’m broken, I’m insecure, I’m overprotecting them,” she said. “I’m good for nothing. What is the point of me? Since I felt like I was pointless, I considered taking my life. I considered taking me, my children. I was just like, ‘I don’t want to leave a legacy of suicide to them, so maybe I should just take all of them.'”
Tina says her anger then magnified, and she considered retaliating against her husband.
“I was like, ‘Maybe I should take out these people who did me wrong and then take us out, and leave my husband here to figure it out, so that he can realize, ‘look what you did.'”
“I was just at a terrible, terrible place. I was homicidal and suicidal, but I told God: I know I’m crazy and I know I’m all the way thrown off, but I don’t want to be like this. I want to forgive. I want to let this go.”
Despite the infidelity, Tina and Teddy decided to move forward with their marriage, and she says their union today is stronger than it ever was.
Be sure to catch the season premiere of Mary Mary tonight at 9/8c on WE tv.