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Toni Braxton Poses for Uptown Magazine, Discusses Depression and Wanting to Retire

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Icons Toni Braxton and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds are in the midst of their reunion project, “Love, Marriage & Divorce,” which is inspired by their own publicly rocky former relationships. Two of the biggest names of the ’90s music scene are back as a joint team and ready to dominate the music world.
 Hot off the success of the ”Hurt You” single from their duet album “Love Marriage & Divorce,” Babyface and Braxton posed for the cover of Uptown magazineThe cover features the pair in their ageless glory, while the corresponding article delves into the ins-and-outs of their musical relationship, and Edmonds ‘s role in Braxton’s success. The pair also discussed how Toni got her start, why she retired from music, her thoughts on suicide, and how they came to collaborate on an album.

 “One of the reasons why I became the success I am today is because of Babyface,” Braxton said.

She talked about her battle with depression, adding: “I’m tired of fighting. I was feeling sorry for myself. I was depressed over where my career was going. I was also down with my health. I found out that I developed blood clots and I couldn’t get a grip on this lupus. I didn’t know what was going on with me. I was just in a very uncomfortable place in my life and where I wouldn’t wish my worst enemy to be. I was not suicidal, but it was a close relative.”

“I’ve got my kids to live for,” she said. “But I was in a hopeless stage in my life. It’s like when you’re going through things and you think you’re the only one. [Industry friends such as Michael McDonald, Fantasia and Missy Elliott] told me, ‘We’ve all felt that, and we’ve been there but it’s not time.’ It helped me a bit. But Babyface was the most influential of all those people in getting me back to it.”

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