It looks like Toni Braxton is spilling all types of tea in this new memoir, Unbreak My Heart. Last week, we learned that she had an abortion and today, the day her book is being released, Toni is talking about her strict upbringing, her decision to have a nose job and just a bit about her bankruptcy issues.
In the novel she writes about growing up in Severn, Maryland with her four sisters, brother Michael and their parents. The family attended a very religious Apostolic Pentecostal church called Pillar of Truth. According to church rules women were expected to “cover their nakedness” by wearing skirts, full stockings and dresses throughout the year. If they did not heed these rules, they were condemned to hell.
Toni writes that these stringent rules made her view God and religion negatively.
“I began connecting religion, God and church with judgment, anxiety and guilt. Our family had fallen into religious extremism.”
As you know as soon as Toni got into the industry she rebelled against all of that. She was always the woman on the red carpet with the highest splits, baring the most cleavage, sometimes with a bare back to complete the look. You know what they say about what can happen to sheltered children once they leave the house… But her fashion wasn’t the only thing that changed. Toni had some plastic surgery pretty early on in her career as well.
“I’d been wanting to change my nose for years- I wanted it to be less broad. But because of the conservative ideas I was raised with, I struggled with the thought of altering my body. And of course, I later got my boobies done. I’d always been shaped like a gymnast-size double A breasts and thunder thighs. In fact, I wish I would’ve had lipo on my inner thighs. I’ve always hated them.”
Then Toni explains how she found herself in the bankruptcy situations.
Here’s the breakdown.
In her record deal, she was to be paid $1.6 million. But after taxes, managers and lawyer fees, she had spent a million and was left with $600,000. With that $600k, Toni bought a home, leased a Jeep Cherokee and was known for spending the night in the Four Seasons in New York. Her money was starting to dwindle.
But she doesn’t necessarily feel any remorse about that time in her life.
“My only regret was having no one to share the room with.”
Then after that, Clive Davis suggested she go on tour with Kenny G to gain more of a following with white audiences. She had to borrow $1 million to pay for the band, set, lighting, background dancers and wardrobe.
No way to pay back that debt, she had to file for bankruptcy. And because she was in debt, her next check was only for $2,000.
It wasn’t long before Toni owed $4 million. She sued her producer and Arista after having to file bankruptcy a second time. Toni signed a contract that let the record company receive the marketing costs of her albums, instead of underwriting them in expenses. So she was held responsible.
Toni won that lawsuit and received $20 million.
She’s had quite the life.
You can get Toni’s memoir Unbreak My Heart today.