TONI BRAXTON:I ALMOST QUIT MUSIC FOR MY AUTISTIC SON’S SAKE
Singer Toni Braxton was so devastated to learn of her now 5-year-old’s autism back in 2006 that she almost quit performing:
Toni Braxtoncame close to quitting music after discovering her young son was suffering from autism.The singer was left devastated when Diezel was diagnosed with the disorder in 2006, at the age of three.She blamed herself, and claims it took her and husband Keri Lewis more than a year to come to terms with the news – and the stress drove a wedge between the couple.
She says: “I was really devastated. I thought it was my fault, as a parent. I remember that period, it was really challenging. It put stress on my marriage. I didn’t want to perform any more.
“I almost gave up performing because I wanted to make sure my baby was OK.”
But Braxton insists Diezel, now five, has turned a corner and is making great progress: “It’s been a hard year, but he is doing so much better now.”
Meanwhile,the mom of two won’t be resuming her Vegas show at the Flamingo hotel until June as she is still recovering from being hospitalized in April. Not much is known about Toni’s medical condition except that she complained of chest pains before being hospitalized. Braxton has been treated in the past for pericarditis, a viral inflammation of the heart.