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Toni Braxton retiring from music, wants to play lesbian (Video)

02/12/2013 by Nichole Hamilton

Toni Braxton is officially hanging up the mic to pursue acting.

"For what I do, being a performer, I have to love it, I have to feel that excitement and it's gone," Braxton told theGrio on February 8. "I don't know where it went. I'm just not going to do any albums anymore; touring occasionally here and there because I love performing, but not as much as I did in the past and no new projects."

The six-time Grammy Award winner is known for hit songs such as "Un-break My Heart," "You're Makin Me High" and "He Wasn't Man Enough." Earlier this month, she told the the Associated Press she is working on a new album with Babyface called "Love, Marriage, Divorce."

While the 45-year-old singer is straying away from her musical roots, she hopes to focus her attention on her acting career. The actress, who has had a number of appearances in television shows and films, shared what challenging role she'd love to play next.

"Actually, I would love to play ... I would just like to play a lesbian," Braxton told the website. "I don't know why. And a whole make-out scene and the whole thing, just something completely different than people would expect from me. Not like a lipstick lesbian."

Braxton has had a few roles over the years including a recurring role on the TV series "Kevin Hill" in 2005 and has appeared in films like " The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure" and "Kingdom Come." She also appeared on the long-running series "House M.D.," and finished in eighth place on the seventh season of "Dancing With The Stars."

Braxton and her family also appear on WE reality TV series, "Braxton Family Values," which has its season premiere March 14. While the performer wants to focus on acting, she admits that being a "reality star" isn't exactly what she has in mind.

"Oh God, I hate that word," she continued. "I hate to have 'reality star' behind my name. There's nothing bad about reality stars. That's just not what I wanted to be when I grew up."

On February 9, Braxton starred in a new Lifetime movie, "Twist of Faith," which also featured her 9-year-old autistic son Diezel.

Diezel was set to play Braxton's son in the film, but the singer told The Associated Press she did not want to pressure her son.

"He was supposed to play my son initially but by the time we worked out the shooting schedule, school had started," Braxton said. "Even though he's considered high functioning right now, he wasn't in the past, and that's why I thought him carrying the movie and trying to do the movie and tutoring would have been too much for him."

The singer, who also has an 11-year-old daughter named Denim, let her son take a smaller role in the film.

"He was a little disappointed at first, but I think in the end, he's happy about the turnout," she told the wire service.

Braxton is the lead in the film, which she admitted made her a little nervous. In "Twist of Faith," Braxton plays a single Christian mother who is drawn to an Orthodox Jewish widower (played by "Weeds" actor David Julian Hirsh) because they both share a passion for music and singing.

"I never had to carry anything before. It's a lot of work," she said. She later added, "Singing is indigenous for me, but acting is not. I've had to work to prepare for it."

The singer also spoke about her recent health woes, which included being hospitalized in December for blood clots. Braxton revealed two years ago that she had been diagnosed with Lupus. Lupus causes the immune systems to attack the body's tissues and organs and can lead to rashes, arthritis or even kidney or heart damage.

The disease killed Braxton's uncle and her brother also suffers from it. The entertainer also suffers from a narrowing of the blood vessels in her heart. Braxton revealed in a recent "20/20" interview that she was told by doctors that her Lupus diagnosis meant that her performing career would likely be diminished.

"My doctors told me I would never be able to perform again," she told The Associated Press recently. "I'm very lucky that I'm still able to dabble in it a little bit."

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