Sound Off: Unbreak My Heart

Toni Braxton‘s biopic, ‘Unbreak my Heart,‘ aired last night on Lifetime and I absolutely loved it. This biopic was spot on with the casting, the music was great as usual, and fans were able to learn more about Toni. There shouldn’t be much controversy with this one being that it’s from Toni’s perspective. Due to that alone, this biopic cannot be compared to the Whitney Houston biopic that aired last year.

Toni Braxton’s struggles and triumphs were highlighted in the movie. I loved that it started with her with her sisters in Maryland instead of jumping right into her career. It was decent amount of time spent showing her journey from Maryland to Atlanta than her just jumping into the spotlight. I also loved the foreshadowing at the beginning with her performing on stage before falling ill and then it cut to her and her sisters singing.

Multi platinum artist with such an amazing voice. The awards, millions sold, bringing her sisters along to experience it with her. Then there were her struggles from filing bankruptcy twice, divorcing, being diagnosed with Lupus, and her son being diagnosed with Autism. Most fans knew those things about her, but what I didn’t know was that she had an abortion. With the title being ‘Unbreak My Heart’ of course there was a to of heartache to be expected.

You don’t sell sex, you sell pain.

Toni Braxton is a Libra and as a fellow Libra I can see why she put so much on her plate. She was able to provide opportunities for her family and for her entire crew. She paid out of pocket for a lot which led to her first bankruptcy, but it was clear in the movie that she should’ve focused on the contract. The thing is being young and having a opportunity to sing your heart out and have Chanel, Gucci, Prada, and a Porshe supplied, who would care about the contract?

She put a lot of pressure on herself and it wasn’t something that she could really help. It was in her to do that. Libras love helping other people and unfortunately forget about themselves. Making everyone else happy would in turn make her happy, right? It’s just that in trying to please others she hurts herself keeping it all bottled in. Also as the oldest she had to hold it all together, continue to provide for her family, and perform for her fans.

Guilt! Guilt was said a lot and guilt drove a lot of her decisions. She might have wanted to leave her sisters behind and focus solely on her career and hire whoever as background singers, but she couldn’t. From her mom constantly pressuring her about it and she made a promise to her sisters that she’d be back, she had no other choice. As she tried to keep a happy face for others she ignored problems within herself. She didn’t want to stop working because so many depended on her and all that did was hurt her in the end.

Everything really started to spiral after she was diagnosed with Lupus. She was dealing with her own sickness, trying to be a wife and mom, and still a performer. She has not only her sisters looking up to her, but she had her two boys to provide for and her fans expected her to provide an amazing performance. With her song being diagnosed with Autism she adjusted her schedule, somewhat, so that she could take the boys to school. All she really did was add more to her plate being that although she was a mom during the day she performed 5 nights out of the week.

She had a heart attack in her home and then she passed out on stage. The heart attack should have been a signal for her to slow down, but again her guilt mixed with anxiety of letting everyone down didn’t allow her to rest. I don’t really blame the second bankruptcy on her, she fell ill which led to all the cancellations.

Toni did not disrespect her ex-husband in any way in this film and that’s admirable. Sometimes when people get divorced they make themselves look great and the other person seem like a monster. They just fell a part and in life that happens.

Overall I loved the biopic and the vocals were amazing. I wish there would’ve been a little more singing, but she was able to get majority of her life in there up until the current time. Kudos for that. Listen to my favorites from Toni Braxton below:

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