The absolutely gorgeous and seemingly ageless Toni Braxton graced the cover of Uptown Magazine with her new sidekick Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds for their December/January 2014 issue.
Inside, Toni and Babyface dished on their current album Love, Marriage & Divorce, how Toni’s career got started, her ups and downs, being depressed and how her friend Babyface helped pulled her through after she was thinking about retiring.
Excerpts and more pics from the cover shoot below:
On becoming a success because of Babyface:
One of the reasons why I became the success I am today is because of Babyface. He said [to L.A. Reid,] ‘She’s Babyface meets Anita Baker, we should sign her.’ And that’s how it started.
Toni on why she wanted to retire:
I was in a small place in my life and I was going to retire. It’s not even a question. I said, ‘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, 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.
Babyface on convincing Toni to come back to music:
Toni was kind of just talking about giving up, just not really wanting to record anymore—she was not just having fun at it anymore,” Face shares. “I didn’t think that was a very good idea. I talked her into changing her mind.”
You know, you can get frustrated with the music industry, but I never get frustrated with the music. The music is what drives us to begin with. So I don’t think I ever lost sight of that.
Catch the full interview at UptownMagazine.com
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