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TONI BRAXTON EXPLAINS BANKRUPTCY

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Uploaded on Apr 13, 2011

Grammy Award-winning artist Toni Braxton opens up to TheInsider.com about the health scare that put her career on hold and financially ruined her.

Toni says although many people are aware of her health issues -- including an ongoing battle with the immune disease lupus -- they are not aware that her illness caused her to go bankrupt. "It wasn't about cutting back, it was about a business bankruptcy, more than anything, because I was doing my show in Vegas and I was forced to cancel my show because of my illness and all of my other concerts after that."

The singer says she still has struggles with her disease, which can be like a roller coaster. "Today is a good day. I have good days and bad days. But today is a great day, if you ever see me a little chunky it's because of all the steroids, all the shots and things and my medications. But today's a great day, I'm a little thinner today, I fit into this fabulous dress, so I feel really good."

She also speaks about her son Diesel, who is autistic but progressing well. "I'm very fortunate because I found out when he was young, and because of that, early intervention changed things. He's in the second grade, in public school, special education program, with all his therapies -- his speech and occupational -- so I'm one of the lucky parents."

Toni teams up with her four sisters and mother in the show "Braxton Family Values," which premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on WE tv . She says the show will illustrate the support she gets from her family while showing lots of drama -- combined with love, laughter and rivalry.

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