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.”
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.