Soul star Toni Braxton has dismissed rumors her marriage fell apart because of an affair - putting the split down to "stress". The "Unbreak My Heart" singer parted ways with her husband of eight years, Keri Lewis, last November, but Braxton is adamant the separation was amicable and there wasn't "a third party" involved.
And the star admits the "stress" of working with her musician partner may have contributed to the breakdown of their relationship. She says, "My heart is still broken - who knew a song about heartbreak would literally be my life? There wasn't a third party involved - nothing like that. If there was, I'd have a whole different personality right now. Maybe it was the working together - the stress - that ended our marriage. But we are great friends still. I'm not happy about the marriage breaking up, but you gotta do what you gotta do - you know when things are dissolving."
Braxton also admits that although she is separated from Lewis, they have not yet made plans to divorce - because she wants to make sure they work out a suitable arrangement for their two young sons. She adds, "(We) haven't talked about divorce yet. When you have a special-needs child, that changes things. We'll see what happens. I'm not eager for us to get back together again, but... I'm not eager to go any further than separation right now. I think for boys, it's important for a father to be around and Keri is very active in their lives."
In the same interview, Toni Braxton said doctors have ordered her not to have any more children - because a pregnancy could aggravate her heart condition. She was hospitalized in 2008 after experiencing complications relating to microvascular angina - a condition which causes inadequate blood flow through the cardiac blood vessels.
Braxton will have to rely on medications for the rest of her life to control her condition, and the mother-of-two reveals the illness means she won't be able to have any more kids. She says, "I've been advised not to have any more children for medical reasons, so that's it - the shop has closed, even though I would have loved a daughter. But I'm stronger now, I pretty much lead a healthy, normal life."