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Toni Braxton says God gave her son autism as punishment for past abortion
*Toni Braxton, who has spoken at length about her son Diezel being on the Autism spectrum, now says he no longer suffers from the condition.
“My youngest son Diezel suffers from Autism…or I should say suffered,” the singer told “Access Hollywood Live” hosts Kit Hooverand Nina Parker. “I am one of the lucky parents. Early diagnosis changes everything. I will tell you this. I will shout it from the rooftops. My son Diezel is off the spectrum. Off the spectrum being autistic.”
“He’s our social butterfly,” she continued. “He’s the one who plays with friends and hangs out all the time. Very, very fortunate. And I don’t like to think there’s anything wrong with our babies. I just think they learn differently,” she said.
Braxton said Diezel has benefitted from being in multiple programs thanks to the late founder of Autism Speaks, Susan McBride.
“When she found out about my son she called me immediately and said ‘Get him in this program. Do this, do that.’ She’s been an advocate in helping me so much,” Toni said. “I miss her already. I mean, I can’t believe she’s gone.”
Braxton, who suffers from her own condition of Lupus, said her upcoming tour will be “challenging” but she’s excited about the “adrenaline” of interacting with her fans.
She also opened up about her life with Birdman.
“He’s a sweetheart. We’ve been friends since 2001…When I had my baby shower, him and his 20 guys came…My mom wants us to [date]… We’re just besties,” she said.
Toni Braxton has dropped several bombshells in her new memoir, appropriately dubbed Unbreak My Heart, but her thoughts on her son’s health condition seem to be receiving the most attention.
The crooner reveals that she believes God gave her 11-year-old son, Diezel, autism as punishment for her having an abortion more than a decade ago.
She addresses her guilt over having the procedure done due to her religious upbringing, saying, “I was suddenly faced with a choice I’d never thought I’d have to make. Amid my major misgivings about abortion, I eventually made the gut-wrenching decision.”
Braxton continued, “In my heart, I believed I had taken a life — an action that I thought God might one day punish me for… My initial rage was quickly followed by another strong emotion: guilt. I knew I’d taken a life… I believed God’s payback was to give my son autism.”
The 46-year-old also documented her childhood in a strict household, where she claims her homework took a backseat to memorizing 26 scriptures a week and focusing solely on her religious studies.
She added that the rule of thumb in her home as a kid was to “Shut your mouth and suppress whatever you feel.”
Braxton also wrote about the controversial debate between vaccines and autism, a topic that other celebs like Jenny McCarthy have been vocal about for years.