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Toni Braxton opens up about her secret abortion

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.

Toni Braxton through the years


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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Lynne May 22 2014 at 8:19 AM

We have all made mistakes and the beauty of God's love is he does not punish. He welcomes you back with open arms when you repent. Your autistic son is not a punishment but a gift. Embrace that.

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jrc22552 May 22 2014 at 8:10 AM

What is really sad about this is that she is "confessing" this in order to create some publicity for her moribund career.

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dfoley5608 May 22 2014 at 8:09 AM

TWO BANKRUPTCY....NOT ONE....BUT TWO....ALLOWING HER TO WALK AWAY FROM HER DEBTS AND STILL LIVING THE LIFE STYLE SHE WANTS TO LIVE AND CREDITORS ALLOWED HER TO SPEND, SPEND, SPEND.....SOUNDS LIKE SHE NOT LEARNING FROM SOME OF HER DECISIONS

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cnjcnj2003 May 22 2014 at 6:46 AM

Liberal logic. "I can't give you AND me a future, so I will kill you." Compassion 101.

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smokert5555 May 22 2014 at 6:48 AM

Sounds like under the circumstances, she made the wise choice.

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crazy ray smokert5555 May 22 2014 at 1:27 PM

The wise choice was NOT to get pregnant, smokey.

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razzle1036 smokert5555 May 22 2014 at 5:12 PM

the words are "BIRTH CONTROL"

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remcoisp1963cobb May 22 2014 at 8:18 AM

I sincerely hope she can get past her guilt feelings. People treat others very unfairly in this society

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Rita remcoisp1963cobb May 22 2014 at 6:57 PM

She should have kept her big mouth shut...

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hey remcoisp1963cobb May 22 2014 at 7:53 PM

why, if you are quilty of killing your bay you should feel guilty

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dotbraswell May 22 2014 at 8:18 AM

Abortion is NEVER the right choice, it's a Life not a blob.

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wittlief May 22 2014 at 9:41 AM

NOTHING good ever comes from basing your life
on things that are not real.
The god she is so afraid of is not real.

Sometimes life really sucks
do what you can to make the best of it,
and move on
don't let anyone beat you over the head with ancient mythology nonsense!

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cabinsmoke wittlief May 22 2014 at 12:01 PM

Wow, tell us more. Tell us what we should believe and not believe. Could you write a book, please?

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razzle1036 wittlief May 22 2014 at 5:13 PM

if she was truly fearing god she would not have chosen abortion

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Barbara May 22 2014 at 1:01 PM

An accutane baby would not have been a good idea. Severe, severe birth defects.

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turboheart6 May 22 2014 at 3:33 PM

The biggest cause of abortions....plain ol' "fear". When there is faith, there is no fear. May God bless Toni and her family

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