Toni Braxton made headlines last week when she took to Jada Pinkett-Smith‘s web talk show, ‘Red Table Talk,’ to discuss her highly publicized divorce from Mint Condition star Keri Lewis after 12 years of marriage.
Insinuating the split was due to her diagnosed illnesses (see: lupus, microvascular angina, etc.), the recount of the failure of her first marriage ignited a firestorm of criticism against her singer/songwriter ex-husband.
“I felt shallow because my ex-husband and I broke up for money issues,” she stated. “I found out I had lupus at the time, I couldn’t make money because I had lupus, I had to cancel the show. That was my personal contribution to the marriage failing, because who wants to take care of a person who’s sick all the time?”
Tired of the hoopla, Lewis took to Instagram to defend himself and even offered details surrounding the couple’s prenuptial agreement. Read his lengthy statement inside:
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In light of my ex-wife’s @ToniBraxton comments on @RedTableTalk regarding our ‘divorce; men receiving alimony from women’… I feel the need to address and shed light on the matter, as the impression is being made that I came for her finances and/or wasn’t there for Toni. Let me start by saying that I really loved Toni!… Anyone who was around during the time of our marriage would attest to that. In addition, when she became ill, I did everything I could to take care of her, and we tried for a long time to put things back together, but in the end, we could not. To give insight on the alimony payments, Toni’s attorneys suggested she have a prenuptial agreement put in place prior to our wedding, and they drafted one as they saw fit. Because of my love for her and being optimistic of marriage lasting forever, I didn’t feel the need to have an attorney, as I wasn’t going to contest anything in the prenup. Fast-forward to 2012 after separating, I moved out and at some point later, Toni mentioned to me that the payments set in the prenup would start being deposited into my account. I received alimony for around 3 years between 2012 and 2014. Now, intentionally or not, Toni’s comments have left people with the feeling that we had some sort of legal battle that resulted in her having to pay alimony, and therefore share the likes of @halleberry, @therealmaryjblige, and @britneyspears. With all due respect, I don’t see our situation in the same light. I didn’t even use an attorney in our divorce (I also don’t recommend that to anyone). In addition, while I often did not agree with the creative liberties that were taken in representing our relationship (Toni’s Book, Lifetime movie, Braxton Family Values, RedTableTalk), we are raising two sons and it can NEVER be to the degree of her referencing ME as a bitch.. that’s a problem!. I’m definitely open for the discussion on women paying alimony to men, and vice versa, as I do have mixed feelings about it, and at the end of the day, every situation is different. As for @RedTableTalk, Congratulations @JadaPinkettSmith. The show is INCREDIBLE, and the conversations are needed!!
As seen above, Lewis did not exactly take kindly to Braxton’s mention of their alimony agreement – even saying “men are the new b*tches” (referencing Britney Spears’ ex Kevin Federline, Mary J. Blige’s ex Kendu Isaacs, and more).
Curious to see what else Toni said to warrant this clap back? Click here to watch.