It’s been more than 10 years since Toni Braxton had an abortion after having an unplanned pregnancy with her then-boyfriend, now ex-husband Keri Lewis—but that decision still haunts her to this day.
At the time, the songstress was in the middle of taking Accutane, an intense acne treatment that is known to cause serious birth defects. However, in her new memoir, Unbreak My Heart, Toni reveals her decision to terminate the pregnancy was motivated more by “convenience” than it was her fear of potential problems for her unborn child.
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“I never thought I would have to do that,” she said of her shocking decision.
The guilt has obviously stayed with the 46-year-old.
She reveals she often wonders whether her son, Diezel, 11, being diagnosed with autism was “God punishing [her] for the abortion.”
“And it took a long time for me to get past that,” she says.
Hopefully writing was a cathartic way for Toni to heal—even after all these years.