2018 has certainly seen legendary singer Toni Braxton be her most transparent yet.
First making news for announcing her engagement to rapper/CEO Bryan “Birdman” Williams earlier this year, the Grammy-winner later rocked headlines when she revealed her distaste for her family – even blaming them for failures in her career – in an emotionally charged episode of the reality show ‘Braxton Family Values’ (featuring Iyanla Vanzant).
Now, taking to the Jada Pinkett-Smith-hosted ‘Red Table Talk’ (which has quickly become an Internet sensation), Braxton breaks down the issues that led to her divorce from Mint Condition star Keri Lewis. A compelling watch, hear her heartbreaking confessions inside:
Married for 12 years, Lewis and Braxton finalized their divorce in 2013. As discussed by Braxton on ‘Red Table Talk,’ she confessed:
“My husband became my boyfriend and we were attempting to salvage the relationship again, we were hopeful,” she stated. “We dated for a good year and a half, almost 2 years after we got a divorce. I know it sounds crazy, right? I thought we were going to get back together and we were clever, we’d wait for the kids to go to sleep and he would leave,” she said.
According to the ‘Unbreak My Heart’ hitmaker, the center of their marital woes was finance:
“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?”
“I remember a few times being in the hospital ill and he would come later in the day and I would think, he’s not coming because I’m sick,” she recalled, tearing up. “I never talked to my ex husband about it, I probably should have, but if I’m going to be completely honest, money was just the decoration on the tree. The tree itself was I felt because I was sick, he left.”
Being sure to explain that Lewis himself never stated that his concern was finance-related, Braxton went on to discuss how angry she was that she had to pay him alimony after their divorce was finalized. Hear all this and more in the video above.