“Men are the new b-tches.”
That’s what Toni Braxton said when she had a discussion about divorce with Jada Pinkett Smith and Jada’s mom Adrienne Banfield Jones on “Red Table Talk.” She uttered those words after revealing that she had to pay her ex-husband Keri Lewis alimony, and he responded in a recent Instagram message.
“Yes. I had to pay alimony,” Toni told Jada and her mom. “I was one of those girls … I was very, very angry about that. But it was because we had an existing prenup and post-nup. I wanted to renege; I’m going to be honest … I went through this whole phase, ‘Ooo men are the new bitches.’ That’s how I felt.”
But Keri said he never wanted his ex’s money, and when a prenup was set up by her legal team he never got a lawyer to follow up.
“In light of my ex-wife’s 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,” wrote Keri.
“Let me start by saying that I really loved Toni … In addition, when she became ill, I did everything I could to take care of her,” he added. “To give insight to the alimony payments, Toni’s attorney’s 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 three years between 2012 and 2014,” Keri went on.
The Mint Condition crooner then addressed the whole “b-tches” comment and said he was bothered by that the most.
“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.”
At this time, Toni hasn’t responded.