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Toni Braxton hospitalized

Toni Braxton at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame red carpet

Toni Braxton at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame red carpet

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!”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

63 comments Add your comment

Pebblebeach

January 13th, 2012
8:46 am

best wishes for a speedy recovery…

EJ the Diva

January 13th, 2012
8:57 am

Feel better Toni. Our hearts are with you.

Kimi

January 13th, 2012
8:59 am

Thoughts and prayers are with Toni for a speedy recovery!

justin

January 13th, 2012
9:02 am

We are praying for you Toni! Get well girl!

dood

January 13th, 2012
9:26 am

She caught lupus from Tommy Lee.

Valerie

January 13th, 2012
9:52 am

Wishing Toni a speedy recovery!

Shut up DOOD!1

January 13th, 2012
9:52 am

You’re an idiot & Lupus is no laughing or joking matter. GET A LIFE!!

Tonia

January 13th, 2012
10:06 am

Well and healing prayers and wishes coming your way Toni.

cwilli

January 13th, 2012
10:14 am

Get well soon Toni. Blessing to you and your sisters especially Tamar she is off the chain!!

tivatime

January 13th, 2012
10:14 am

Best Wishes Toni – Take Care!

Mr. Ed

January 13th, 2012
10:21 am

I hope her condition improves and she returns back to good health. However, when was the last time she’s had a hit record? Why not return to her successful recording career? As for me, “Braxton Family Values” holds about as much interest as one of the “Real Housewives” episodes.

TCB

January 13th, 2012
10:33 am

Praying for you Toni…Get well soon…

Kim Mack

January 13th, 2012
10:39 am

Dood, your comments are stupid and it shows how immature you really are.

resno2

January 13th, 2012
10:50 am

I wish her the best, and hope for a quick recovery. But how desperate for attention does a once talented singer have to be to lower herself to the level of the Braxton Family Values show?

Dakota

January 13th, 2012
10:52 am

Dood you are unbelievable and very disrespectful..its not a joking matter when anyone health falls..just think about if one of your love ones health fall…get God in your life. Toni get well soon!!

Rick James

January 13th, 2012
10:59 am

Best wishes and have a speedy recovery.Another super talent victimized by a bad LaFace record deal..

becareful

January 13th, 2012
11:01 am

I hope that you are feeling better today Toni. I love U. May God go in peace with U!

peter deter weter III

January 13th, 2012
11:11 am

Love you Toni and best wishes…get well soon!

Jai

January 13th, 2012
11:15 am

Be healed and healthy Toni. Praying for you and wishing you the best!

Valerie

January 13th, 2012
11:35 am

Praying for your Toin, trust God for your healing.

Valerie

January 13th, 2012
11:38 am

Praying for your healing Toni, complete healing because by his strips we are healed.

Elle

January 13th, 2012
11:39 am

I am so sorry Toni, feel better. I suffer from SLE as well

Wendy

January 13th, 2012
11:39 am

Praying for you Toni and your family. Tamar really needs to get a mirror as i’m sure the stress behind her attitude may have assisted in stressing you out. Tamar wake up… please for it’s too late.

Coach K

January 13th, 2012
11:42 am

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Talented 10th

January 13th, 2012
11:43 am

Please don’t speak negatively about the show if you’ve never watched it. It’s a great show that exemplifies real relationships between TALENTED sisters (no Kardashian junk here!) and their mother, Evelyn, who is one heck of a beautiful, classy but stern matriach (no Kris Jenner junk here!). It’s a show that I enjoy with my parents & even my grandparents on occasion…..you can’t say that about too many shows these days….Love to Toni & the rest of the Braxton clan!

loopy Lupus guy!

January 13th, 2012
11:45 am

I was diagnosed I year ago with Lupus after being admitted to the hospital when my blood pressure dropped to 70/30. It was a rough/painful few months (Luckily, in remission now-but you never know when a flare will strike!)

Lupus is no laughing matter; but I tried to laugh at it. I wrote a song about people with lupus- inspired by Adam Sandler’s Hanukah song about famous people that were Jewish. The first line paid tribute to Ms. Braxton:
“Toni Braxton sings the autoimmune blues
Snoop Dog’s kid can’t tie her shoes…”

Best of luck, Ms. Braxton

INDIGO SUNSHINE

January 13th, 2012
11:51 am

♥ Toni………you’re an ♥ANGEL♥. No matter what!!! Everyone pray for a GODSPEED recovery for Toni.

resno2

January 13th, 2012
12:26 pm

Talented 10th…Bless your heart!

Jenifer Smith

January 13th, 2012
12:26 pm

Toni I wish you all the best for a speedy recovery….Keeping you and your family in prayer….xxx

Loopy Lupus guy!

January 13th, 2012
12:33 pm

At Wendy” “Tamar really needs to get a mirror as i’m sure the stress behind her attitude may have assisted in stressing you out.”

Stress is indeed one of the leading causes of Lupus Flares!
smile everyone ;-)

back2bama

January 13th, 2012
12:43 pm

@Talented 10th watched the show just yesterday evening; however, who am I or you to tell anyone they can’t critize the Braxton’s. I personally feel that people who open their doors to reality TV better know what’s coming down the pipe. I don’t know what episode the 10th family watched, but these ladies are far from being gifted or the epitome of class. I just see Tamar screaming and yelling week after week wanting to make a name for herself which causes dissension and disharmony. I do respect Toni for her efforts in finding gainful employment for her family. Also, Matriach Braxton deserves a lot more respect from her adult children than she has received on this show. God Bless You Toni!!

Sis. Gwen

January 13th, 2012
1:01 pm

God will take care of YOU! Hugs & Prayers

smoothie212

January 13th, 2012
1:14 pm

Toni you are amazing in my eyes. Talented,strong, and beautiful *Blessings*

lady2detroit

January 13th, 2012
1:32 pm

Hi Toni,

Wishing you a speedy recovery love The Braxtons. My daughter has Lupus and you can’t get upset it will flare-up your Lupus. I hope that you and Tamar will get a better understanding just like your Mom says you all each other have. Get Well!!!

SassyGurl

January 13th, 2012
1:33 pm

God Bless Toni, wishing you a speedy recovery!

JEANNETTE PETERS

January 13th, 2012
1:38 pm

Dearest Toni: I an all of my friends are pulling for you. Just keep yer head up we love you.

Hmmm

January 13th, 2012
1:42 pm

Good luck to Braxton. There’s info about black women and Lupus, heart disease, sex, etc., here:
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/black-womens-health-and-happiness/201201/the-black-womans-guide-living-well-in-2012-part-i

Miss USA Top Model

January 13th, 2012
1:44 pm

Get well soon Toni. May God bless you.

DonKang

January 13th, 2012
1:52 pm

Be restored to health soon Toni. A lot of people out here genuinely love you.

Fernessa Cash

January 13th, 2012
1:57 pm

Best Wishes to Toni & the rest of the Braxton Family. You have a great family and I know they’ll be for you.

2012

January 13th, 2012
2:02 pm

amazingly positive comments. just left the blog on paula deen. such a difference. wow

mamaj

January 13th, 2012
2:31 pm

@ Resno- you just couldn’t wish Toni a speedy recovery without the pot shot could you? I don’t watch the silly show either, but one has nothing to do with the other. Get well soon, Toni.

Bill in Boston

January 13th, 2012
2:47 pm

Love ya Toni….get well soon. Looking forward to seeing you in concert in March at Foxwoods!

Lawanda Watts

January 13th, 2012
3:05 pm

I love the Braxton show… especially Toni she’s so sweet and of course very talented. I hope and pray that you feel better soon Toni…. and may god bless you and keep you close to his loving heart.

plow

January 13th, 2012
3:28 pm

Tamar, you have no talent, please stop stressing your sister and viewers out with that screeching voice of yours. Get well Toni.

MaG

January 13th, 2012
4:28 pm

I love the show – attitudes & all. It is entertaining & laughter is good for the soul.

Toni, feel better & release more music. Love you, girl. God bless.

And, for the person that made that negative comment about lupus – to coin Tamar “GIT YOUR LIFE!” Maybe one day someone you love or you may be ill, then maybe you will learn to be compassionate to others’ plights. Until then, I will say a prayer that you keep your stupidity to yourself.

bee

January 13th, 2012
5:44 pm

My 24 yr old daughter has lupus and I worry about her everyday, this disease changes your life and the lives of family! You dont look sick …. haha ..u cant imagine how these people feel everyday, its a terrible disease!

old school

January 13th, 2012
6:42 pm

All the people that babyface has hurt will some day come back. He wants people to think he is so nice and that is not true. I would not pay one cent to see him beg and cry about how much he loves someone. Tracey did what she should have done left his ass. I pray that toni will be ok and that she will again have a number( 1) song again.

Starling

January 13th, 2012
6:48 pm

God bless u Toni, I love the show. It is so funny. All the sisters are cool in their own rights and the mom in her wisdom is beautiful. My husband says this is the one reality show I watch he likes.

donna

January 13th, 2012
7:19 pm

i cant believe sistas that talk about they love each other would continue to fight when they know that their sister could be dying. I love watching the show and tamar is off the chain. But she needs to stop being so selfish and look out for toni. I hope you feel better and know that you have always been the best singer in the whole family. I grew up listening to Toni not the braxtons.