“Unbreak My Heart: The Toni Braxton Story” is the latest Lifetime movie to “tell all” about a celebrity’s rise to fame. However, unlike many of the unauthorized accounts of famous teens, TV shows and rock stars, this story has the full and cooperative support of Toni Braxton herself. The movie is based on her memoirs, and Braxton both appears in the film and executive produced.
Consequently, Toni’s life story appears a lot rosier than most subjects of biographical films. There’s no mention of the typical sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll you’d expect from the life story of a ‘90s R&B singer.
So what did Braxton’s autobiography based film get right? And more importantly, what exactly did it leave out?
The stuff that’s totally true …
- The strict religious upbringing depicted in the film is actually understated. Braxton was told she would never be an R&B singer because secular music was a sin. She wasn’t even allowed to roller skate.
- Her producer did in fact buy her a Porsche after she went platinum.
- Toni Braxton did get a boob job. Her stylist used to have to duct tape her breasts to make it look like she had cleavage.
- The abortion Braxton got was because she was taking Accutane, a drug that was pulled from the U.S. market and renamed because of the many public cases brought against it.
- Her son, Diesel, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3.
- Braxton hid her Lupus diagnosis from the press and her fans, passing it off as exhaustion most of the time. The star only announced her diagnosis in 2010.
What they left out …
- During her first bankruptcy, Braxton says she sank into a depression over public opinion of her extravagant spending.
- She dated Patriots running back Curtis Martin in 1998, but they broke up because of Martin’s ultra-conservative views on sex before marriage.
- Braxton’s mother was arrested for the possession of a taser gun.
- In addition to getting breast implants, the singer also got a nose job.
- Braxton is a quarter Native American, and a descendant of Carter Braxton, the Virginia delegate who signed the Declaration of Independence.
- Braxton admitted her song “You’re Making Me High” was about smoking weed.
There are probably a few more salacious details left out of the film adaption, but that’s to be expected when the subject takes such a large role in its creation. To be fair, the movie goes farther than most expected, especially when depicting the other Braxton girls and their endless reality TV shenanigans.