Singer Toni Braxton has written about her life's ups and downs in her new autobiography, which bears the same name of her hit tune, Unbreak My Heart.
In the newly-released memoir, Braxton recalled having an abortion and claimed that God gave her 11-year-old son, Diezel, autism as punishment, notes Eonline.com.
"I was suddenly faced with a choice I'd never thought I'd have to make," Braxton wrote. "Amid my major misgivings about abortion, I eventually made the gut-wrenching decision."
“In my heart, I believed I had taken a life—an action that I thought God might one day punish me for. My initial rage was quickly followed by another strong emotion: guilt. I knew I’d taken a life… I believed God’s payback was to give my son autism.”
Braxton also mentions the possibility of the (debunked) theory that vaccinations also could have caused her son's autism, reports Mediaite.com.
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“Maybe it’s just a coincidence that after my son’s first MMR vaccine, I began to notice changes in him,” she wrote.
According to WebMD.com, the exact cause(s) of autism is not known, but genetics, neurological issues or certain kinds of infections may play a part.
Braxon also recalled growing up with her sisters in a very strict Christian home where she had to memorize 26 scriptures a week, her two bankruptcies and health problems.