Toni Braxton says she had a White divorce

Toni Braxton appeared on Bethenny to promote her number one duet album, Love, Marriage, and Divorce, her dream of landing a role on “Orange is the New Black,” and being back in the music biz, but it’s her description of her split from her ex-hubby that has folks talking.

During the interview, Braxton told Bethenny that she and her ex-husband, musician Keri Lewis, both live in Los Angeles and enjoy an amicable split, because as Toni put it, their divorce was “very Caucasian.”

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Peep the transcript:

Bethenny: So on the break we were talking about you living in LA?

Toni: Yes, I am in LA and my ex-husband is there but we get along great. We are very caucasian, very white about it.

Bethenny: You are having a very white divorce?

Toni: We are really. We did.

Bethenny: Really. Then I have a very black divorce, no?

Toni: I got that means, I hate you Jodi, I hate you Jodi. That’s what it means to black people.

Bethenny: Got it, so a white divorce is your are bffs, you can live next door.

Toni: Black people we kind of look and say why is that? Why don’t they hate each other?

Because….Black people can never get along, right Toni?


I think her mentor Babyface would disagree. He and his ex-wife Traci enjoy a very amicable split and they’re both Black, as do Will Smith and his first wife Sheree, and several others. Moreover, feuding, divorced couples come in all different races and ethnicities–not just Black folks (as Bethenny’s own comments about her contentious divorce illustrate).

I want to call Toni ignorant, and ask, “Who taught you to hate yourself?”

I want to remind her that everything negative that happens in this world is not Black, perpetrated by Black people, or somehow a measure of Blackness. But Toni Braxton is a grown woman, raising two Black sons, and she should know better.

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  • Keke

    I know lots of people who are Black, divorced and may even have children with each other and are STILL friends with each other. Sometimes relationships don’t work out and you realize you are better off apart. People (ALL people) aren’t always at each other’s throats during and after a divorce. How she would think Black people behave any differently is beyond me.

  • Nirvana

    Please, there’s nothing rare about this. I can name at least one nitwit around here with a chronic strain of this disease lol.

  • Don’t blame Toni. Watch the tv show…her mother is a very hateful woman toward their father, her ex-husband, and is proud of it…and apparently, the father made no real effort to be a friend to his ex-wife either. She is not ignorant; she is a child of her parents who taught her that is how it is.

    • geenababe

      As old as she is and all the people of all colors she has met in her life. She should know her parents are not the rule when it comes to black people divorcing one another. She is not some kids who just moved out on her own for the first time.

  • nononsense57

    Has she ever hear of Charlie Sheen’s divorces with (insert wife here)? Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger? Real Housewife of BH Brandi and Eddie Cibrian? So many other white people to mention, and these are only the famous ones!

    I suspect that she’s using reality show breakups as her Black-divorce reference, and that’s not right.

    SMH, Toni

  • LaDonna

    I love me some Toni, but she can say some really ignorant things about race. It’s make me cringe whenever she and her family refer to dating white people as “playing in the snow”, lol….