Grammy award-winning songstress Toni Braxton has said she regrets not totally letting her hair down during her youthful days. In an interview with The Guardian, the Un-Break My Heart singer admitted her religious upbringing deterred her from doing “a lot of things” she “should have done” while growing up.
“I regret not having more sex when I was younger,” she said. “I should have drunk more. I should have partied more. Smoked more, even. I think my religious upbringing stopped me doing a lot of things that I should have done. It’s not a good look at the age I am now. The way it works is you do that stuff in your 20s and 30s and then in your 40s you’ve earned enough to pay for the therapy.”
Though the 52-year-old said she isn’t a religious person but rather spiritual and believes in a “greater force”, she said her family was very religious during her childhood and they switched between several denominations in their quest to find the “right path.”
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“When I was seven, my family became very religious. We were Jehovah’s Witnesses; we were Catholic – we tried everything before settling on United Methodist,” she said. “I asked my mum once what they were searching for and she just replied: ‘It was the 70s.’ The 70s were a very religious era. I think a lot of people were looking for the right path.”
Braxton, who is also one of the highest-selling female singers in history, also spoke about how she was discovered, saying as weird as that story may sound, that encounter catapulted her to stardom.
“Nobody believes how I was discovered,” Braxton said. “They think it’s a story for publicity, but it’s absolutely true. I was in college and one day I was at the gas station, singing to myself while I filled the car. The attendant [William E Pettaway Jr, writer of Girl You Know It’s True, by Milli Vanilli] comes up to me and tells me he likes my voice and that he’d like to do some demos with me. I thought it was just a line, but I went with it and here I am. He went on to buy the gas station!”
“I wish autism wasn’t so misunderstood,” she said. “My son was diagnosed with autism when he was three and I work with the charity Autism Speaks. I’m blessed. He’s in a regular school now. I always tell people that early diagnosis changes everything, but also that our babies just learn differently – that’s all.”