“Maybe I’m Mad At Music”: Toni Braxton Considers Retiring

February 8, 2013  |  


In a recent interview with the Tom Joyner Morning Show, promoting her new film Twist of Faith, Toni Braxton said she’s thinking about stepping away from music. Naturally, Tom Joyner and the crew were shocked and maybe even a bit upset to hear the news. See how their interview with her went down.

Tom Joyner: What about your new music?

Toni Braxton: I don’t know if I’m going to be doing anymore music, I’ve said that before in the past but I don’t know…

 Tom Joyner: Ever?

 Toni Braxton:… I’m thinking…

 Tom Joyner: What?

 Toni Braxton: I’m thinking, I’m singing in the movie. Ta-Da. Some gospel a little bit.

 Tom Joyner: Why no more music? What are you talking about?

 Toni Braxton: I just don’t know. Maybe I’m mad at music. I don’t know what it is. I can’t, my heart’s not in it right now.

 Sybil Wilkes: You’re not feeling it right now?

 Toni Braxton: No, I’m really not.

Naturally, Tom Joyner assumed that Toni meant that she was over the music industry. That she wasn’t going to release anymore music because it was too hard for her to work with the record companies.

 Tom Joyner: Record companies beating you up?

 Toni Braxton: Not even that. They’re actually calling and I’m like well ‘I don’t know if I want to do another record’ but that’s a blessing I guess but I gotta be in it, I gotta love it and maybe because everything that has happened to me I don’t know.

And then, at the end of the interview, just to make sure he had the facts straight for the blogs to report, Joyner asked her one mo’ ‘gin whether or not she was really leaving it all behind.

Tom Joyner: And the big scoop I think, is, ‘I’m never going to record another song again, ever.’

Toni Braxton: No, I’m not trying to do that.

Tom Joyner: Oh thank you for clearing that up.

Toni Braxton: I’m sorry!

Ok, am I the only one who’s confused right now? What exactly are you saying, Toni? You don’t want to record albums anymore, just random songs here and there? You’d rather focus on your acting career? Is that it? It’s interesting Toni is stepping away from a lot of things these days in favor of new ventures. Her presence has decreased on “Braxton Family Values,” and now she’s mad at music, the very thing we know her for. Interesting, indeed. And though I’m more confused than a little bit, I can’t say that I’m mad at her. If you’ve seen her “Behind the Music,” you know that girlfriend has traveled a rough road in this game. From the money troubles, to making sure that her sister’s got their shine, I can see why anyone would be tired after all of that. And then she has health issues to top it all off! Whew! Maybe she’s just ready to rest, raise her sons and chill. Nothing wrong with that.

What do you think about Toni’s admission? Do you think she’ll retire from music?


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  • Marguerite

    I really hope she doesn’t. I have been a fan since she begin, and I’ve bought and adored every thing she has ever put out.

  • Sachtee

    I think Toni is just tired and maybe disappointed and with good reason. When a person can sing like Toni can and has achieved musically the things that she has, you would think that the industry as a whole would have more respect. There is no reason in the world, why she should have to prove herself to the industry. To try to obtain younger fans, maybe but to the industry, its stupid. She has every right to be angry and her anger is justified. Toni is not a trend, she is legendary and these days we spend so much time focusing on “what’s hot” that we forget about what’s real. So she had a few bad songs, that doesn’t take away from the talent we all know that she has. At the end of the day, she’s a fighter and a survivor and she’s got 2 beautiful sons to live for. If she steps away, its music’s loss. Maybe the industry needs to lose a bit so that it can start focusing on talent again.

  • BajanKim

    Maybe it is just me, but I didn’t even know that she was still singing. So the entire article is a shocker for me. Did she have music after Unbreak My Heart?

  • realadulttalk

    Apparently she’s not getting enough attention from BFV…Tamar can you be quiet so your sister can have some shine. She’s obviously in need.

  • MLS2698

    I’m mad because I could hardly understand anything you sing. You mumble ……a lot.

  • U need more ppl!

    Note to Toni: We stopped listening to your music when we stopped being able to understand what the hell you were saying!

  • Lola

    It sounds like she’s a little upset that her past couple of albums haven’t done very well. It’s got to be frustrating when you see less talented artists put out crap and it sells, but you put out quality and it goes nowhere.

    • Sachatee

      I agree 100%, these days you can pass gas into a mike, steal a beat and put it behind the fart. Bam you just went platinum.

  • Noooo!!! I’m in love with Toni! But her music wasn’t the same anymore. “I Love You” is an ok song, but I miss the “He wasn’t Man Enough” days… Maybe it’s for the best, *kanye shrug*.

  • Guest360

    So….does she think she’s going to be a big movie star now? I really don’t get what she’s trying to do. Music is her brand. That’s what she’s known for. You take that away, your job prospects are nil cause I really don’t see anyone dying to put Toni Braxton in their movies lol.

    • Dichu eba realy lub mehSteebie

      Just sounds like she is tired. Maybe she can’t handle all that with her lupus randomly flaring up and everything

  • mac

    Is it retiring if you’re not working in the first place? *rubs chin*