Toni Braxton opens up about her secret abortion

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Toni Braxton Opens Up About Her Secret Abortion


In Toni Braxton's new memoir Unbreak My Heart, she makes some startling revelations about her personal life, including a difficult decision she once made to have an abortion.

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 1993: Singer Toni Braxton poses for a portrait in front of the Brooklyn Bridge in November 1993 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Catherine McGann/Getty Images)
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ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 30: Toni Braxton performs at Heineken Night Live at Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands on November 30 1999 (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)
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(L-R) R&B singers Toni Braxton and Tyrese. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
(L-R) Singers Toni Braxton, Tyrese and Debbie Harry, wearing dark glasses. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
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Singer Toni Braxton (2R) and her sisters at Soul Train Music Awards. (Photo by Mirek Towski/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
(L-R) Singers Toni Braxton and Eartha Kitt. (Photo by Marion Curtis/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Toni Braxton poses with her awards at the 39th annual Grammy Awards Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1997 in New York. Braxton won in the Best Female Pop Performance and Best R&B Vocal Performance categories. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
FILE--Toni Braxton holds her R&B single of the Year award at the 1996 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996. Braxton was among those nominated for a Grammy Award on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1997 in New York. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Toni Braxton holds up her two Grammy Awards 26 February at Madison Square Garden in New York. Braxton won for Best Female Pop and Best Female R&B performance. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Jon LEVY (Photo credit should read JON LEVY/AFP/Getty Images)
Toni Braxton won the 2000 Aretha Franklin Award as 'Entertainer of the Year' at the '6th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards', 9/2/00, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica , Ca. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
Toni Braxton performs live at the '6th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards', 9/2/00, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica , Ca. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
Singer Toni Braxton performs at the halftime show for Super Bowl XXXIV, a 23-16 St. Louis Rams victory over the Tennessee Titans on January 30, 2000, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images)
F363722 43: Toni Braxton performs during halftime of Super Bowl XXXIV on January 30, 2000. The St. Louis Rams beat the Tennessee Titans 23-16 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger)
Toni Braxton during 2000 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
383938 04: Singer Toni Braxton performs during the 28th Annual American Music Awards January 8, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers)
380687 41: Performer Toni Braxton arrives at The Carousel of Hope Ball benefiting The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes October 28, 2000 at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)
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Toni Braxton and Marc Bouwer during 17th Annual CFDA Awards at JP Morgan Atrium in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
OWN's Toni Braxton is seen at the Discovery Communications 2014 Upfront Presentation at Jazz Lincoln Center, in New York City, on April 3, 2014. (Amy Sussman/ AP Images for Discovery Communications Inc)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds and Toni Braxton pose backstage at the hit musical 'After Midnight' on Broadway at The Brooks Atkinson Theater on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 20: Singer/songwriter Toni Braxton promotes her book 'Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir' at Barnes & Noble, 5th Avenue on May 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 20: Singer/songwriter Toni Braxton promotes her book 'Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir' at Barnes & Noble, 5th Avenue on May 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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ET's Nancy O'Dell sat down with the R&B singer to discuss that decision, as well as her past financial problems and one of her son's autism.

"I never thought I would have to do that," the 46-year-old Braxton recalls about her decision to terminate her pregnancy. At the time, she was on the heavy-duty acne drug Accutane -- which carries some serious side effects for fetuses -- but she also said other factors came into play. In 1998, she was forced to file for bankruptcy for the first time.

"I felt selfish because I was thinking, I'm going through bankruptcy -- there's things going on with my life and I can't give this kid any future. I was feeling hopeless for no reason, when I look at it now for no reason, what was I thinking?"

She added: "I am not really embarrassed about it, I am more ashamed of myself for doing that because I could've figured something out financially -- that was just an excuse I was making for myself."

When asked whether she still deals with the guilt today, Braxton responded, "I often tell myself I have three kids. I have two boys, but I often have to tell myself I have two kids. But in my head I feel like I have three kids.

She also spoke about learning that her now 11-year-old son Diezel was diagnosed with autism. "I thought it was because of the abortion, God was punishing me," she revealed. "And it took a long time for me to get past that."

Watch the video to also hear Braxton talk about the pressure to look good in the industry and her decision to undergo plastic surgery.

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