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The Braxton Family Values, a reality TV show which follows the five Braxton sisters and their families is currently on air in the US. R&B singer and divorced-mom of two, Toni Braxton in recent years has mostly been known for her bankruptcy and health issues. She recently opened up on her private life.
On Why She Decided To Do Reality TV
I was reluctant to have folks in my space because it’s invasive; but my sister Tamar said, ‘if you don’t tell your story you are gonna be upset when someone else tells it and it’s wrong.’ She said ‘your kids need to know the truth from you.’ So I’m using this as a format.
On Not Being Able to Talk About Her First Bankruptcy
No I couldn’t [talk about it] because I had a 10-year gag order. After TLC talked publicly about their bankruptcy [the label prohibited] other LaFace artists to talk, but now I can. I sold more than 40 million records, yet my royalties were less than $2000 dollars. People don’t understand that this issue went all the way to Congress about bankruptcy. All contracts are null and void except for a recording artist. Can you believe it? But the industry has changed now.
On Her Health Condition
A lot of people don’t understand what lupus is. I have discoid lupus, the kind that affects your organs. I tell people that if you miss that window for early diagnosis, it can be difficult to diagnose and result in heart disease or attack, which was my case when I developed pericarditis [inflammation of the fibrous sac around the heart]. My body was in a flare of the lupus, which caused my heart condition. I had just signed my contract when I was diagnosed and was forced to cancel my Vegas show because my doctor said it would take a good year before I was in any shape to get through an hour and a half performance. I was planning a tour and I had to get out of all of those contracts. Because I tied my money to brokering the [Vegas] deal, I was forced to file for a business bankruptcy to protect myself against people and vendors suing me. It was not because I was overspending or anything I did personally with my finances.
On If She’ll Have to Take Medication for the Rest of Her Life
Yes, chronic medication. When you see me looking chunky, it’s because of the steroid injections I receive which make me to appear bloated.
On Her Autistic Son, Diezel
Great. He’s talking–something I didn’t know he’d ever do. I’m just grateful and blessed because he’s wonderful. In the end, my family is everything to me.
I can’t believe LaFace Records, those deals were unscrupulous. Looking at Babyface you would think he couldn’t hurt a fly. Poor girl! She must have been so excited getting a record deal that she forgot to read the fine print. Remember people, READ the FINE PRINT ALWAYS!
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