Toni Braxton and Oprah Winfrey will probably never be best friends after tonight’s airing of Braxton’s VH1 Behind The Music special. Braxton puts Winfrey on blast, saying during her 1998 interview about her bankruptcy, Oprah was mean and it shocked her.
Toni tells VH1:
“She was so frickin’ mean to me. I was in shock.”
“I couldn’t believe it ‘cause I loved her so much. I admired her and looked up to her and she pretty much reprimanded me.“
“She says to me, ‘I heard you have Gucci flatware. I’m Oprah Winfrey and I don’t have Gucci flatware.’
“You ain’t got Gucci flatware because you didn’t want to buy it, not because you couldn’t afford it! What do you mean?”
“And immediately she made me feel this big. That moment completely changed my career. It made people look down on me.”
Well, apparently Oprah’s tough love didn’t work on Toni. Since the interview Toni file for bankruptcy again in 2010 claiming she owed between $10 and $50 million. In the documents, Braxton owed everyone from AT&T to BMW. As of today, there are also speculations of Toni fraudulently giving $53,000 to her husband. According to new docs filed in Toni’s ongoing bankruptcy case, Toni’s estranged husband Keri Lewis received the 5-figure sum after Toni’s money was already earmarked to repay creditors. Now, the bankruptcy trustee is suing Lewis to get the money back. A rep for Braxton tells TMZ, “All of the payments made to Lewis prior to Toni’s bankruptcy filing were appropriate transfers for reasonable and necessary personal and business expenses in the ordinary course of her business.”