(Photo: Courtesy of Uptown Magazine)
Toni Braxton and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds have reunited and they look so good. The R&B icons have joined forces once again for their Love, Marriage & Divorce album and are currently gracing the cover of Uptown magazine's December/January issue. Inside, the two talk about Braxton's disenchantment and subsequent retirement from music and her battle with depression.
"I was in a small place in my life and I was going to retire," she said. "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."
Babyface, who disagreed with Braxton's retirement and pulled her back into the studio, said the pair butted heads during the course of recording their new album and he had to accept that Braxton was now a fully-fledged artist with a mind of her own. Braxton agreed adding that she had more control over her sound this time around.
"When I first met Babyface, I was this wide-eyed artist, I was green and I was just happy to be there. I had the mindset of, 'Mold me, make me, what do you think I should be?'" she said. "But, now, I'm an artist like he is: established. I have my own opinions. I know how I want my music to be, so I had to remind him: 'Kenny, I'm your baby sister, but I have breasts and I have boyfriends. You have to accept that I'm grown up now.' That was the one big adjustment for him."
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