Living legend Toni Braxton has decided to open up about her divorce from Keri Lewis and the secrets she had to spill were not pretty.
This week, Toni sat down at the Red Table Talk which is hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith and mom Adrienne Banfield-Jones.
The “Unbreak My Heart” artist said she felt shallow that after 12 years of marriage she split from Keri over money.
Toni claimed that her split in 2013 was like a personal failure. Toni is now engaged to rapper Birdman.
The mom of two said being diagnosed with lupus and not being able to support her family ended her marriage financially.
Toni stated: “I felt shallow because my ex-husband and I broke up for money issues…I found out I had lupus at the time; I couldn’t make money because I had lupus, I had to cancel the show. That was my personal contribution to the marriage failing, because who wants to take care of a person who’s sick all the time? I remember a few times being in the hospital ill and he would come later in the day, and I would think, he’s not coming because I’m sick,”
She went on to say: “I never talked to my ex-husband about it, I probably should have, but if I’m going to be completely honest, money was just the decoration on the tree. The tree itself was I felt because I was sick, he left.”
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Marriage is never easy. Divorce can be even more difficult. All of the ladies at the “Red Table” were very brave to share their perspectives and experiences on this subject matter. All parties agreed that that maturity lies in both working on keeping the marriage/family together and opting for divorce when it is just not working out. We want to know what kind of mature are you when it comes to friction in your marriages? Let us know in the comments below.⬇️⬇️⬇️ #EssenceofGist #RedTableTalk
After the divorce, Toni’s husband became her boyfriend — they dated for two years, but things did not work out.
She added: “I always felt like if I didn’t get sick and I could have continued to work, we wouldn’t have had that deficit, it wouldn’t have shown its face and we would probably have still been together.”
Toni said she was angry because she had to pay alimony: “I was very very angry about that, but it was because we had an existing prenup and post-nup. I wanted to reneg. I’m going to be honest. I thought he should say no. [But] if it were reversed and a guy had more, we would expect him to make sure the lady’s okay, we would expect that. So I can’t really b***h about it too much, however, semi-colon, that’s a tough pill.”
Toni has some interesting takes about marriage.