Toni Braxton: Five Reasons the R&B Star Is Still a Total Diva

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Unleash your inner diva with Toni Braxton.

Toni Braxton's been riding the roller coaster of fame ever since she broke into the R&B world in 1996 with the breakup anthem of all breakup anthems, "Un-Break My Heart."

Through the '90s and early 2000s, the singer snagged six Grammys, seven American Music Awards, and nine Billboard trophies. Fame was clearly on her side. But then fortune turned on Toni and the songstress was forced to file for bankruptcy twice, in 1998 and again in 2010.

In spite of all of the ups and downs, though, one thing has remained unchanged: Braxton's diva tendencies.

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Somewhere along the way, the star recorded a few not-so-great albums she describes "like that one-night stand that you don't want to talk about." And recently, she was outbid on a $20,000 bankruptcy settlement, losing the rights to 27 songs, including "You're Making Me High," "How Many Ways," and "Always."

Her career and life has definitely had its highs and lows, but the star is making a comeback. She's currently on tour, stopping at the James L. Knight Center on August 29, and working on her latest album, Love, Marriage, & Divorce with Babyface out in December.

So yes, Ms. Braxton's survived. She's remained unfazed by failure. And here are five reasons she's still a total diva.

She blamed her 1998 bankruptcy on her home d├ęcor addiction.
"I love dishes and house things, so I kind of lost it a little bit on the houseware," the star fessed during an interview with ABC's 20/20 in late 2012. "That's what I indulged in. I loved that part of it. I'm a little odd." When you're a six-time Grammy Award-winning artist, guess you can never have enough fine China, Faberge eggs, and 1,000 thread-count sheets. "The money is lovely. I can't deny the money is yummy."

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