Tamera Mowry-Housley tears up on 'The Real' as she discusses the death of her niece and urges America to end gun violence
Returning as a co-host to 'The Real', Tamera opens about her niece and her tragic death while also highlighting the need for America to fight for the safety of its children.
Tamera Mowry-Housley returned to co-host 'The Real' weeks after she lost her young niece during the California bar mass shooting. On November 8, Tamera confirmed that her 18-year-old niece Alaina Housley was killed when a gunman opened fire at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California leaving 12 people dead.
The 40-year-old returned to television after a harrowing experience and she opened up about it to her co-hosts. Tearing up she said, “Our family’s been through a lot. But the interesting thing about grief is that you’ve got to find the balance of moving forward and grieving at the same time." Talking about the experience of 'moving on', she explained, “It’s just been a little over two weeks. She would want me to be here and she would want me, sweet Alaina, to move forward. I don’t like to say move on, because I don’t think I’ll ever move on with the fact that she’s not here with me or with our family," reports PageSix.
With gun violence being one of the most pressing social concerns in the United States right now, Tamera took the opportunity to also speak out against gun violence. “[Housley] would want me to move forward and to use her voice as a catalyst for change, and that’s why I’m here today.” She continued, “We need change when it comes to gun violence. And I don’t care if I have to knock on the doors of the White House to do it, to advocate change.”
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Alaina. My sweet, sweet Alaina. My heart breaks. I’m still in disbelief. It’s not fair how you were taken and how soon you were taken from us. I was blessed to know you ever since you were 5. You stole my heart. I will miss our inside jokes, us serenading at the piano. Thank you for being patient with me learning how to braid your hair, and I will never forget our duet singing the national anthem at Napa’s soccer game. I love you. I love you. I love you. You are gonna make one gorgeous angel. My heart and prayers are with every victim of this tragedy.
The actress also spoke about how America is "sick" and needs to heal and find a way to fight for safety. “Our country — it’s sad to say this, but you have to be living underneath a rock to not believe these words — our country is sick,” she said. “It’s diseased. It needs healing. It needs healing from within. We’re so divided. We should never have to fight for the safety of our children. We should never have to fight for that." She continued: "That should just happen out of your heart, out of human decency. And I feel that if we talk to our representatives and talk from that place, just maybe, maybe we will be able to move forward.”
She took the opportunity to also discuss her family and the kind of close relationship she shared with Alaina. "I knew Alaina since she was 5, she was so sweet. When Alaina would walk in a room, she would change the atmosphere. The Housleys, we were a group of 10, meaning whenever we were together, we were together," Tamera explained. "I'm very blessed to have an amazing mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, so they are my family along with my immediate family. We all get along and Alaina was my little sister. She was my niece from marriage, but she was my friend and my sister from my heart."