“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.