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Toni Braxton Talks Depression in New Interview

posted by Sista on December 14th, 2013 at 1:05 am

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Though she says she wasn’t suicidal, in the new issue of Uptown magazine, singer Toni Braxton does admit to being depressed about the state of her career and “in a very bad place” in general.

“I was in a small place in my life,” says Toni. “I was tired of fighting and was feeling very sorry for myself. I was depressed over where my career was going and I was also down about my health.”

According to Toni, she developed blood clots earlier this year as a result of her lupus, and found herself once again hospitalized and having to put her career on hold.


“I just couldn’t get a grip on this lupus thing. I didn’t know what was going on with me. I was just in a very uncomfortable place in my life where I wouldn’t wish my worst enemy to be. I was not suicidal, but it was a close relative. I have children to live for, but it was a hopeless stage in my life.”

Toni says she eventually made it through those dark days, citing her family and industry friends like Babyface, Missy Elliott and Fantasia, who amongst other things, talked her out of plans to retire.

Since returning to the music scene, Toni has recorded a duets album with Babyface and seen their first single, “Hurt You,” skyrocket to pole position on both the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart and the Urban Adult Contemporary Chart.

Toni alluded to possible worldwide tour with Babyface in 2014, saying if their schedule permits, they would love to tour together.

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7 Comments

  1. Best wishes to Toni! I’m glad the single is doing well and decree that her acting career goes into full bloom! She and Babyface were great singing at the Rockerfeller Center for Thanksgiving, such pros! Women just get two decades and then we’re greatly devalued in society. But, it’s not over, and health issues are her biggest challenge, but God’s got the details all figured out!

    When we accept our lot in life, where we are today (in the moment), as the perfection that is, because they’re people with way more to contend with. In “Wanting Nothing,” we simply flourish! We’re not pressed and the natural and chaotic ebb and flow of life just moves like a stream through our lives drop shipping bundles of blessings in big and small packages on our path, everything else is gravy!

    Dream, work and chill! Drown out those noises while living in a performance-driven society, instead of one consumed with wellness and fulfillment and this is within our reach!

  2. Don’t ever feel sorry for yourself. You Are Toni Braxton! Work hard, tunnel vision, and consistently give your best is what I want my favorite artists to do and it will pay off

  3. Toni always had star power but she went in the WRONG direction with her music. Now that she see what her fans and public wants from her she’ll stay in that direction and stop with the wack

  4. Go back to the old landmark.

    “When we accept our lot in life, where we are today (in the moment), as the perfection that is, because they’re people with way more to contend with. In “Wanting Nothing,” we simply flourish! We’re not pressed and the natural and chaotic ebb and flow of life just moves like a stream through our lives drop shipping bundles of blessings in big and small packages on our path, everything else is gravy!” — CYNTHINIA is my sister y’all. She just don’t know it. LOL. I always enjoy her posts.

    I second what she’s saying here. I’ve had my share of hills and valleys. But things come into perspective when we quiet down and shut out the noise. Be blessed, good people. Be blessed, my Brownsistas.

  5. i agree as well, it called peace.

  6. @Kanyade,

    Thanks for your kind and warm words! Sisterhood is powerful, I do feel akin to you too! I love how you stated all of brown awesomeness going on right from Kerry Washington to Ms. Badu to Lupita to Beyonce and so many others, shinning bright like a diamond!

    Yes, John it is called “peace.” Something I’m living for more and more each day. I saw Eminem’s Monster video, it struck a chord. Peace must be still!

  7. I like The Braxton women and love to see them succeeding and having a second chance