Toni Braxton: Claims Oprah Winfrey Damaged Her Career

R&B diva Toni Braxton is taking aim at Oprah Winfrey on her VH1 “Behind the Music” special airing on Monday. The six-time Grammy winner believes that her career was damaged by her 1998 appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

While cutting her eyes and rolling her neck, the 45-year-old vocalist relives her appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” where she discussed how she amassed nearly $50 million in debt and had to file for bankruptcy.

“She says to me, ‘I heard you have Gucci flatware,'” recalled Braxton. “I’m Oprah Winfrey and even I don’t have Gucci flatware. You don’t have Gucci flatware because you didn’t want to buy it, not because you couldn’t afford it! What do you mean?”

A still-livid Braxton said her career took a major hit because of how the Emmy Award-winning talk show host handled her on television.

“She was so freakin’ mean to me,” expressed Braxton. “I was in shock!”

Toni Braxton

The Severn, Maryland-bred singer, who has sold more than 60 million records worldwide, declares on the hour-long VH1 docu-series that she felt belittled by the TV titan.

“She made me feel, this big,” said Braxton, before holding up two fingers with approximately enough space to fit a pencil between them.

The “Un-Break My Heart” singer’s 1998 bankruptcy was not her last time being in financial turmoil.

In Oct. 2010, the former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in California.

The “Braxton Family Values” star claimed she owed between $10 million and $50 million in unpaid debts with a bevy of creditors that included The Four Seasons Hotels, AT&T, Neiman Marcus, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Tiffany & Co., Direct TV, IRS, BMW Financial Services, The William Morris Agency, Orkin Pest Control and others.

Maybe Braxton should have taken Winfrey’s advice back in 1998!


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  1. msscorpio 27 October, 2012 at 13:44 Reply

    You ruined your career when you forgot how to sing and started focusing on how sexy yhou could look and started doing all that damn mumbling. Maybe if you found Babyface and begged him to produce your next album you could make a comeback.

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