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!”
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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