Did Toni Braxton's Divorce Inspire 'Hurt You'?
By ROBERT PACE
October 11, 2013
Toni Braxton and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds teamed up for the single "Hurt You," which ET discovered the inspiration for while visiting the set of the music video for the emotional song.
With heart-wrenching lyrics like "I never meant to break your heart" and "Oh baby, the pain I put you through," "Hurt You" is an intense emotional track that conveys the hardships of love.
The two have both experienced their own set of struggles with love, having both gone through a divorce from their spouses. Braxton said that experience played a role in the creation of her duet with Babyface.
"For me it is," Braxton replied when asked if the song was based on her personal experiences. "I've been hurt and I've hurt someone in my relationship. ... [Have] you ever been in a relationship and you go through therapy and you find out that you've hurt each other? We're kind of at that stage [in] the song."
Braxton revoked her plans to retire her singing career, which she announced in February, to join forces with Babyface, her longtime collaborator, for their forthcoming duet album Love, Marriage & Divorce.
The 49-year-old singer began signing two decades ago with her self-titled debut album in 1993. Although she exercised a bit more modesty, Braxton put her fit body on full display in the earlier stages of her career, not unlike recent pop stars such as Rihanna and Miley Cyrus.
"That's what you do when you're 20. You have to do it before it all falls and hangs and you have to buy some things to make you look younger," she said of Cyrus.
Braxton also gave her blunt opinion on Cyrus' controversial performance at the VMAs.
"I thought she was great. I don't know why they beat her up like that; I didn't get it. What's she supposed to do at 20? Be covered up and do the Charleston?" she said, then giving her review of Cyrus' provocative "Wrecking Ball" video. "... I thought she was great. Cute body, cute girl, talented."
Babyface, who received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, had different thoughts on the hot-button issue as a father to three children, including a young daughter.
"It's scary," he said. "...The bar is actually going down. It's getting lower and lower, so they'll want to do that at 12 years old instead. It's really that time, so you have to be kind of guarded."
Watch the video above for a behind-the-scenes look at the music video for Toni Braxton and Babyface's duet "Hurt You." Their album, Love, Marriage & Divorce, will be released on December 3.
Click here to watch Babyface's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony.
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