Toni Braxton is just looking ridiculously good these days, and Babyface doesn’t look too shabby himself.
The two legends of R&B music have of course come together again to bring Toni out of her industry retirement and to make beautiful music together with the upcoming album, Love Marriage & Divorce. To promote their successful single “Hurt You” and the new album, the collaborating friends covered Uptown and talked getting Toni out of her funk and why working together all these years later is a bit different than back in the ’90s (when they teamed up for “Give U My Heart” for the Boomerang soundtrack in 1992), now that Braxton is more opinionated than ever.
Toni On Wanting To Retire From The Industry And Battling Depression:
“I was in a small place in my life and I was going to retire. It’s not even a question. I said, ‘I’m tired of fighting.’ I was feeling sorry for myself. I was depressed over where my career was going. I was also down with my health. I found out that I developed blood clots and I couldn’t get a grip on this lupus. I didn’t know what was going on with me. I was just in a very uncomfortable place in my life and where I wouldn’t wish my worst enemy to be.”
Babyface On Her Plans To Retire And Talking Her Out Of It:
“Toni was kind of just talking about giving up, just not really wanting to record anymore—she was not just having fun at it anymore. I didn’t think that was a very good idea. I talked her into changing her mind.
You know, you can get frustrated with the music industry, but I never get frustrated with the music. The music is what drives us to begin with. So I don’t think I ever lost sight of that.”
Babyface On Working With Toni And Bumping Heads:
“Working with Toni was a little bit different than working with her years ago, because now, we’re dealing with a grown-up Toni who certainly has her own opinion in how she thinks things should be. So we went through a lot of compromises putting this record together.
We were kind of on and off. We started off good, then we slowed down for a bit and just tried to find the things that made sense. We battled on certain songs.”
Toni On Having More Control In The Studio:
“When I first met Babyface, I was this wide-eyed artist, I was green and I was just happy to be there. I had the mindset of, ‘Mold me, make me, what do you think I should be?’
But, now, I’m an artist like he is: established. I have my own opinions. I know how I want my music to be, so I had to remind him: ‘Kenny, I’m your baby sister, but I have breasts and I have boyfriends. You have to accept that I’m grown up now.’ That was the one big adjustment for him.”
Love these two! Check out the full interview for the Dec/Jan issue over at Uptown and let us know what you think!