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.
“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.