​Toni Braxton Retires From Music Following Eight Grammy Awards, Bankruptcy

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February 11, 2013
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Toni Braxton announced that she’s focusing on her film career, which means she retires from the music industry because her heart isn’t in it anymore. She made the announcement on Friday’s Good Morning America.

“It’s not affecting me, making me feel that thing I’ve always felt when I perform. It’s leaving me,” Braxton said. “I’m not sure what’s going on in my life. Maybe a female mid-life crisis? My heart isn’t in it anymore. I hate to say that.”

Braxton, 45, leaves the industry with several big hits, including “Un-Break My Heart” and “Breathe Again,” with eight Grammy awards.

“For what I do I have to love it. I have to feel that excitement and it’s gone,” she explained. “I’m just not going to do any albums anymore; maybe touring occasionally here and there because I love performing, but not as much as I did in the past. But no new projects.”

Braxton’s last album, “Pulse,” was released in 2010.

The reality star and Twist of Faith actress said she plans to further her film career by taking on more challenging roles. “I would like to play a lesbian. I don’t know why. And do a whole make-out scene and the whole thing; just something completely different than people would expect from me,” Braxton revealed.

The decision to end her music career comes after she filed bankruptcy, for the second time, late last year.

Braxton was contemplating posing nude for Playboy to help pay the bills.

“There’s nothing wrong with doing Playboy,” Braxton told ABC New. “The women are beautiful. I thought about it. The money was tempting, but I’m thinking, I have kids, I have a son, I have boys. What are their friends going to say? ‘I saw Denim and Diesel’s mom’s knockers.’ That’s not a good thing.”

Despite $170 million in worldwide sales, from hits like “Breathe Again” and “Another Sad Love Song,” Braxton said she got a measly $1,972 royalty check from her first recording contract. In the music industry, the artist is responsible for paying back the record label for all kinds of costs including: clothes, travel, studio time and music videos.