Toni Braxton‘s ex-husband, Keri Lewis, is responding to the singer’s remarks on “Red Table Talk” regarding their marriage and divorce.
The R&B diva and the Mint Condition founder tied the knot in 2001 and divorced 12 years later.
During her appearance on “Red Table Talk,” Toni was very candid while chatting with Jada Pinkett Smith and Adrienne Banfield Norris about how she and Keri split over money and how she felt like he left her because she was sick (with Lupus).
I felt shallow because my ex-husband and I broke up for money issues.
I found out I had lupus at the time, I couldn’t make money because I had lupus, I had to cancel the show. That was my personal contribution to the marriage failing, because who wants to take care of a person who’s sick all the time?
She went on to say…
I remember a few times being in the hospital ill and he would come later in the day and I would think, he’s not coming because I’m sick.
I never talked to my ex-husband about it, I probably should have, but if I’m going to be completely honest, money was just the decoration on the tree. The tree itself was I felt because I was sick, he left.
I always felt like if I didn’t get sick and I could have continued to work, we wouldn’t have had that deficit, it wouldn’t have shown its face and we would probably have still been together.
Then, the topic shifted to alimony and Toni Braxton likened herself to Britney Spears, Halle Berry and Mary J. Blige – all who had to pay alimony to their exes.
I was one of those girls. It’s me, it’s Britney [Spears], it’s Halle [Berry], Mary [J. Blige] is allegedly.
I was very very angry about that, but it was because we had an existing prenup and post-nup.
I wanted to reneg. I’m gonna be honest. I thought he should say no. But, if it were reversed and a guy had more, we would expect him to make sure the lady’s okay, we would expect that. So I can’t really b–ch about it too much, however, semi-colon, that’s a tough pill.
Then, Toni fired this shot…
I went through this phase of, ‘oooh, men are the new b–ches!’ That’s how I felt. That’s what I was so angry about.
Watch the full episode of “Red Table Talk” with Toni Braxton below.
Well, Keri took to the streets of social media and responded with class and maturity as he explained the alimony payments were a part of the pre-nup Toni and her lawyer had drawn up.
He also denied leaving her because she was sick. Oh, and Keri also noted that he didn’t appreciate the way he was depicted in her Lifetime movie or in her book.
Keri made it very clear that he’s allowed a lot of tomfoolery to take place around his good name, but he draws the line at her calling him a “b–ch” and painting him out to be a money-hungry man who abandoned his sick wife.
Read Keri Lewis’s full statement below.
In light of my ex-wife’s @ToniBraxton comments on @RedTableTalk regarding our ‘divorce; men receiving alimony from women’… I feel the need to address and shed light on the matter, as the impression is being made that I came for her finances and/or wasn’t there for Toni.
Let me start by saying that I really loved Toni!… Anyone who was around during the time of our marriage would attest to that. In addition, when she became ill, I did everything I could to take care of her, and we tried for a long time to put things back together, but in the end, we could not.
To give insight on the alimony payments, Toni’s attorneys suggested she have a prenuptial agreement put in place prior to our wedding, and they drafted one as they saw fit. Because of my love for her and being optimistic of marriage lasting forever, I didn’t feel the need to have an attorney, as I wasn’t going to contest anything in the prenup. Fast-forward to 2012 after separating, I moved out and at some point later, Toni mentioned to me that the payments set in the prenup would start being deposited into my account. I received alimony for around 3 years between 2012 and 2014.
Now, intentionally or not, Toni’s comments have left people with the feeling that we had some sort of legal battle that resulted in her having to pay alimony, and therefore share the likes of @halleberry, @therealmaryjblige, and @britneyspears. With all due respect, I don’t see our situation in the same light. I didn’t even use an attorney in our divorce (I also don’t recommend that to anyone). In addition, while I often did not agree with the creative liberties that were taken in representing our relationship (Toni’s Book, Lifetime movie, Braxton Family Values, RedTableTalk), we are raising two sons and it can NEVER be to the degree of her referencing ME as a b–ch.. that’s a problem!. I’m definitely open for the discussion on women paying alimony to men, and vice versa, as I do have mixed feelings about it, and at the end of the day, every situation is different.
As for @RedTableTalk, Congratulations @JadaPinkettSmith. The show is INCREDIBLE, and the conversations are needed!!
I can appreciate Keri for speaking out.