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Will Reality Show Clear Up Toni Braxton's Debts And Financial Troubles

July 5. 2011

Toni Braxton

In 2010, Grammy Award winning singer, Toni Braxton, filed for bankruptcy - the second time in a decade. In 2010, Braxton lost her $2,400,000 Las Vegas home to foreclosure. She also gave up her primary residence, a 7 bedroom, 7 bathroom, $1,500,000 Duluth mansion, set in the Sugarloaf Country Club. 

Braxton initially fought to keep the attractive, sprawling home. However, her creditors forced foreclosure, but due to the property having negative equity, Braxton was advised not to challenge it. She ended up surrendering the property, in what had to be a very difficult blow. 

Braxton's former home in Duluth, lost to foreclosure

In the 1990s, LaFace Records, gave Braxton a reported settlement of $20,000,000 as apart of a renegotiation fee on her recording contract, after the bad publicity from her first bankruptcy. Label mates, TLC, were  reportedly given the same, as they too had filed bankruptcy.

Braxton's former home in Las Vegas, gone to foreclosure

In 2006, Braxton signed a lucrative Las Vegas performance deal with the Flamingo hotel, but fell ill a year and a half into the multi-million dollar run. This is where her troubles began, as she'd taken on new debts and insurers refused to pay when she became ill, stating she hid her medical condition from them, which is a violation of the performer's policy. Braxton is battling lupus, angina and breast cancer. 

 

Braxton's Las Vegas show was cancelled due to illness 

It is regrettable that Braxton did not buy a home outright, when she had cash surpluses, rather than obtaining mortgages, as she would not have lost her main residence, which was clearly distressing. She is also older now, 43, with her health problems impacting her appearance. There also exists a pathetic ageism in the vain entertainment industry. 

Braxton Family Values

However, with the success of her reality show "Braxton Family Values" that has brought in a moderate amount of money, with residuals and DVD sales to come, will Braxton get back in the black. That depends. Her 2010 bankruptcy filing was filed with debts to luxury retailers and establishments, such as Tiffany's, Cartier, BMW, Neiman Marcus and the Four Seasons. 

Braxton's spending would have to drastically change, in order to rebuild her finances from the ground up and maintain a solid financial profile. Her health is also a factor, which should indicate to her to save up for a rainy day.  

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