Toni Braxton is gearing up to let it all hang out these days, thanks to her soon-to-be released memoir, Unbreak My Heart. Of course, we expect to learn intimate details about Toni’s upbringing, business relationships with her relatives, somewhat sudden divorce, and shocking bankruptcy. But there’s something else she reveals — a secret abortion!
According to The Daily News, Toni pens that more than 10 years ago, she learned that she was pregnant for her then boyfriend, Keri Lewis (who she later married). At the time, Toni writes that she was in the middle of a six-month prescription of Accutane, a heavy duty acne medication which could cause serious problems for her pregnancy. Toni ultimately made the decision to terminate the pregnancy, not for fear of the baby, but for her own well-being.
Toni admits that for weeks after the procedure, she had been filled with guilt — especially being the daughter of a preacher and having a deeply religious upbringing. However, she admits that had she not been on the medication, she still would’ve gone through with her decision.
Years later, Toni was still haunted by the abortion, and even started to wonder if some of the unfortunate circumstances in her life — her second son, Diezel, being diagnosed with autism, and her own Lupus diagnosis — were punishments from God for her decision all those years ago.
“Is God punishing me for that abortion?” she writes, wonder if her parent’s messy divorce could’ve also been “God’s payback” for what she had done.
“I am more ashamed of myself for doing that,” Toni says of her abortion in her exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight which airs tonight, Monday, May 19.
Of course, we’re not here to judge Toni’s decision, but we commend her for opening up to the world about a shocking moment in her past.
Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir by Toni Braxton goes on sale Tuesday, May 20 and her exclusive Entertainment Tonight interview airs tonight, Monday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
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Source: The Daily News, Entertainment Tonight