Like many celebs, Toni Braxton and Babyface’s divorces were both exposed to the public, but instead of just keeping their heartbreak in the headlines, they channeled their experiences into a new collaboration album, “Love, Marriage & Divorce.”
The six-time Grammy winner, who married Mint Condition keyboardist Keri Lewis in 2001, finalized her divorce in July of this year, and had announced her retirement from recording earlier in February. But Babyface, who split with his second wife Tracey Edmonds in 2005 after 13 years of marriage, had an idea for the project that helped convince her to come back.
The album was born after Babyface wrote “Hurt You,” the first single on the new album which has already gone #1 on two charts. ”He said ‘Toni what do you think of this idea I have?’ and he just started playing it and I loved it,” the singer said of hearing the track for the first time. “And the rest was why we’re here today.”
While lyrics from the album cover a wide range of emotions, “Hurt You” represents a grey area for Toni that falls somewhere in the middle of the marriage and divorce parts of the equation. “I think it’s the in-between,” she told HelloBeautiful of the track’s sentiments. “It’s the marriage when you’ve gone to the therapist and you realize that you have to take blame for your fault in the relationship so you go ‘I never meant to hurt you ‘ and he says it back. Responsibility.…that’s what they tell you in therapy.”