Toni Braxton feared her music career was over after being told by doctors she would never perform again.
But she is a fighter, and this year marks her 25th in the business. ‘I’m an old bitch but I’m still hot,’ Toni laughed.
The seven-time Grammy winner, who has been diagnosed with lupus, battled back from her health problems.
‘Originally, they told me I would never be able to perform,’ she said. ‘My illness has made it challenging for me to tour in the past but I’m doing so well my doctors are like, “You can go on tour”.’
But she has to take precautions: ‘I have to pace myself. If my load is too heavy, I get fatigued.’
A tour is expected to follow the release of her eighth album Sex & Cigarettes, out on 23 March. As for which she prefers, Toni giggled: ‘I’m more of a cigar smoker… but probably sex.’
The 50-year-old mum-of- two has no problem singing about what goes on in the bedroom. ‘I do feel comfortable,’ she said. ‘I find that we try to be clever about it [sex]. I’m going straight to it.’
The Unbreak My Heart chart-topper, who is engaged to rapper Birdman, also teased a possible collaboration with Rihanna. She did this after performing at RiRi’s 30th birthday bash in February.
‘It was her birthday gift, I was the surprise for her,’ Toni revealed. ‘It definitely brought us together on a personal level.’