Singer turned reality television star Toni Braxton was hospitalized in Los Angeles this week due to a lupus flare-up, but she says she is OK.
The artist told TMZ that pain associated with her condition promoted the hospital visit, but that she is fine and thankful for the support of fans and family.
“I wanted to say thanks to all my fans for their support, as I have been experiencing some flare ups with my lupus which has me in the hospital for a few days.”
Braxton had been keeping a busy schedule and was in L.A. for a promotional event that she wasn’t able to attend. On Wednesday night, her sisters appeared at a WE channel event to promote the next season of “Braxton Family Values.” Siblings Tamar, Trina, Towanda, Traci, along with their mother Evelyn, attended a dinner and screening at SLS Hotel, the show’s publicist told us. Toni had to miss the event due to her illness, and WE president Kim Martin read a statement from Toni explaining that she’d checked herself into a hospital due to the flare-up but that she was OK.
We’re told that the Jan. 19 episode of “Braxton Family Values” will feature Toni’s appearance at last year’s Georgia Music Hall of Fame awards event held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Toni was just about the last artist to stroll the red carpet before the awards event kicked off. (We got about 20 seconds with her, long enough to shoot the photo above.)
The sisters were supposed to perform, then didn’t. The episode synopsis explains why: “Toni gets inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and asks her sisters to perform a tribute to her at the ceremony. However, the girls just can’t get it together during rehearsals. Tamar once again takes over, Towanda once again leaves, and Traci once again lashes out at Tamar. Ever the peacemaker, Trina tries to pull things together, but they can’t pull this one off, leaving Toni and fans disappointed.”
The episode’s title: “Sisters At War.” We wish Toni a quick recovery and hope she is feeling fine in time to see the next episode of “Braxton Family Values!”
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