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When word came out that Titi Branch, one of half of the Japanese/African-American sister duo that founded natural hair care line Miss Jessie’s had committed suicide at age 45, the natural hair care community was stunned. Titi, along with sister Miko, were popular among the natural hair gurus who’d used Black women’s hair struggles as the starting point for their own personal and business evolution. Miko seemed as shocked as everyone else, with word of Titi’s death coming out weeks after it happened and little information on the possible cause since.

Now it seems as though there may have been a more concrete reason for Titi’s despair. Miko says her boyfriend, Anthony Spadofora was a financial drain and that Titi’s efforts to get pregnant may have lead to her suicide.

The New York Post reports:

Spadafora “wielded exceptional control over [her] while fully aware that her mental health was severely compromised,” the sister claims, referring to Titi’s “disabling” depression.

In just two years Spadafora, 43, managed to “extract” hundreds of thousands of dollars from Titi to launch his own beard-care business, Maestro’s Classics; $420,000 to buy and renovate a Pennsylvania house; and a $135,000 interest-free loan.

“In exchange, [she] received nothing,” Miko charged.

Titi was ready to kick Spadafora to the curb last year when she found out he sexually propositioned her trainer, but he knew how to keep her in line, Miko alleges in court papers.

Spadafora “took extreme measures to stop her . . . sending compromising photographs that he had taken of her,” the sister claims.

Within days of her death, he peppered her grieving parents with e-mails claiming he had a new will drafted by Titi giving him 50 percent of everything, according to the suit.

He also took his girlfriend’s computer and refused to return it to her family members unless they forked over Titi’s expensive Cartier bracelet, according to court papers.

When they did, the computer he returned had its drive scrubbed clean, the Branch family claims.

Spadafora called the charges “ridiculous.”

He claims Titi’s bitter falling out with Miko in September 2013 prompted her to change the beneficiary on her life-insurance policy, and drove Titi out of the company she and Miko started together in 2004.

“She was changing ­everything,” he said.

The sisters “loved each other” but had different management styles, and as tensions grew, Titi couldn’t take the stress, he claims, calling Miko “the bully of Brooklyn.”

“They’re trying to paint me as a villain,” he said.

He met Titi on in 2012, and the relationship quickly became serious.

“It was a real love . . . I was dedicated to her; she was dedicated to me,” he said, calling Titi his “Lady Liberty.”

Spandafora went on to say he wants no problems with Branch’s family and wants to avoid ‘war’ with them.

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16 thoughts on “Was Natural Hair Advocate Titi Branch’s Suicide Due To Her Boyfriend?

  1. 1 Corinthians 3:18 & 19
    Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit Jesus Christ dwells in us so follow the Holy Spirit keep the Ten Commandments in your heart and you will be led by The Holy Spirit instead of the deceitful spirit of Satan.

  2. I’m so sorry she took her own life..may God have mercy. Suicide & Depression is a spirit & it’s heavy.. I know. there was a time when I would lay down & mourn but nobody died. God’s Word the Bible prayer & God’s tender Spirit and a ministering angel revived me..every time. It’s important to THINK CONCENTRATE ON GOOD THINGS..not sexually immoral stuff or evil movies don’t watch that stuff..purify your spirit. Remember that God loves you and soon you’ll feel better I promise. My teacher is a counselor he said to go thru the trial, grief, loss, financial loss whatever just go’ll feel better sooner or later. It’s a period of loss then comes something better

  3. May she rest in peace. To this day I still don’t understand why (some) women are willing to have a baby without the benefit of a marriage/husband. If you’re not good enough, or if a man isn’t interested in marrying you….then why have a baby. And NO I’m not saying a woman can’t raise a child alone. But YES I am saying raising a child alone isn’t the ideal situation

    • You are so right! I don’t understand it either, my mom always told me to look ahead about 10 years before you make life altering decisions. Lady, did she give me great advice . . . .kept me out of a lot of stress and trouble, financially and personally.

  4. This is a Prime Example of when black people try to get ahead and are successful and independent financially, here comes the whit man/white people trying to take and/or destroy it all in some shape or form. Remember “Black Wall Street?”. So sad and evil.

  5. When he acted broke, I would’ve acted broke. The saying goes, I treat you the way you treat me. If the story is true, I would not have given his behind a dime especially with him being a boyfriend. If he wanted to start a business he would have found another way.

    I pray and hope her family finds peace during this difficult time. My condolence to her family.

  6. He will be broke on a park bench in about two years. Sad . . . a family member or friend should have picked up that something being wrong with this relationship.

  7. Ms Curly on said:

    I truly undersand why, in most cases, it’s not good to date someone with very little when the other person has a lot. This is a shame and I hope he does not get another dime.

    • BlkrthnU on said:

      EBB you lack reasoning skills. It would have benifited him to have a child with her because he could use the child against her to get money. Women have been doing this to men for years.
      That and when someone commits suicide there is never a good answer as to why. When it happens we all either blame ourselves or blames others. Its sad but true. She was suffering from an illness. She wasn’t in the correct state of mind.

  8. This man drove this young lady to her death by greed and manipulation! May he “never” have peace nor prosperity. “The Pain He Has Caused Will Come Back To Him!”

  9. redbone1954 on said:

    You don’t want a fight? Then why did you wipe the computer clean you flippin snake. I don’t believe a word he is saying

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