Toni Braxton Reveals 'Unbreak My Heart' Almost Didn't Happen

by Raphael Chestang 5:47 PM PDT, June 11, 2015
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It's hard to imagine "Unbreak My Heart" being sung by anyone except Toni Braxton, but she told ET that the hit ballad was originally meant for another singer: Celine Dion.

"I had 'Because You Loved Me,'" Toni said. "I heard the song. Love it. My record company said, 'It's not really time to put out a song yet between your album.' Celine had 'Unbreak My Heart' and I don't know what the situation was, but I know I got it. We kind of switched off there."

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Toni plays the peacemaker between her family members on their WE tv reality show Braxton Family Values, but her mom Evelyn thinks she could use some help in the romance department.

"I think that Toni needs someone that's well-established" Evelyn told ET.

The 47-year-old Grammy winner has been single for two years following her divorce from Keri Lewis and she says she's ready to date as long as it's the right guy.

"He has to be fun," Toni said. "I like to laugh. Make me laugh. Good hygiene is important. Can afford to date. That's kind of important. You shouldn't say that out loud, but I have to say that out loud. You have to be able to afford to date -- afford to be in a relationship. I don't think it works for me -- maybe it's my personality -- if we're unequally yoked financially."

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Meeting potential suitors can be challenging for someone as famous as Toni, so she's been exploring her options for getting over the barrier of introducing yourself to a stranger.

"I've been thinking about a dating service," Toni said. "I'm not completely comfortable. What do you do? You put your picture up? The profile? What do you say? Do I have a name like Cinnamon?"

Braxton Family Values airs Thursdays on WE tv.