Trina Braxton Opens Up About Finding Love Again After Sudden Death of Ex-Husband (Exclusive)

The ‘Braxton Family Values’ star shares details of her engagement to Von Scales and talks losing the father of her kids, Gabe Solis.

Trina Braxton is a blushing bride… to be.

The Braxton Family Values star proudly showed off her new diamond bling from fiance Von Scales at the show’s season six premiere event in Los Angeles last week, just days after the pair got engaged while on a family getaway to California wine country.

“We were in Napa Valley, you know, all the girls were together, we were filming and he just kinda, like, plopped the box on the table and just… I lost it, totally, fully and completely.”

The proposal wasn’t without a little drama, though. Von popped the question while the entire Braxton family was on a birthday trip for sisters Tamar and Traci, which didn’t sit well with Tamar. She went live on Instagram to vent her frustrations. In one moment, she screams at her sisters, “I got one card! Like we work in the cubicle side by side together at Sav-On. I’m just saying, like, the s**t going on, this is not a birthday celebration for me! This is some straight foul f**king s**t that nobody put no thought into … and if I don’t have the attention from my sisters, who the f**k am I supposed to get it from?!”

“We had bottles and bottles of wine, it was in Napa, so we all laughed,” Tamar explains to ET about the meltdown. “We had an amazing time. Although it looked like a bunch of drama and everybody was hating on each other, it wasn't like that.”

BFV cameras were rolling on the engagement and Tamar’s freakout, so fans will get to see it all play out on the current season of the WE tv hit. This season nearly didn’t happen after four of the five sisters went on strike from the show over contract disputes and, admittedly, petty drama. Trina says the unexpected death of her ex-husband, Gabe Solis, helped put things in perspective for her.

“Everything is about forgiveness and moving forward,” the Sister Circle host says. “You know, we're getting older now and ever since my ex-husband, Gabe, passed away, I just realized how short life is. You know, the foolishness is just unnecessary and as long as we have breath in our bodies, there's always time to make amends and reach resolve.”

Gabe died in December 2018 after a battle with cancer, leaving behind Trina’s two sons, whom he raised as his own, Eric and Caleb Mojica. Gabe and Trina split in 2015, but remained friends. Gabe’s death and Trina’s grieving process will be heavily featured on upcoming episodes of Braxton Family Values.

“It was a very difficult time,” she admits. “My sons had a really difficult time as well, but you know, thank god for my fiance now. Hey, Von! You know, he really helped me through it, he stood right by me and I knew it was sometimes difficult for him, you know, especially to watch me as his now fiancee, but grieve over someone else.”

“He knew it was strictly out of friendship,” she continues. “However, I'm sure it was very difficult for him to watch and to be able to hold me at night while I'm crying over someone else. But he knew where the place was, where my heart was in and I just thank god for him.”

Now, Trina is focused on the future and thinking about wedding planning. She says she hopes to tie the knot before the end of the year… though her sister, Tamar, thinks it may have already happened! Check out a first look clip of Braxton Family Values below to see why.

Braxton Family Values airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on WE tv.