*Saturday night the Toni Braxton biopic, “Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart,” based on her memoir of the same name, debuted on the Lifetime cable network.
It didn’t take long for Braxton’s fans and even other celebs to react with praise for the most part along with a bit of criticism. The film, starring newcomer Lex Scott Davis, follows the 48-year-old singer through her divorce, financial woes, career ups and down, battle with lupus and caring for her family, including her autistic son.
As far as a celeb speaking on the project, Russell Simmons, who thought it was a great portrayal of her.
“Proud of my friend @tonibraxton — tuned in to #ToniBraxtonMovie right now. one of greatest voices we’re ever[sic] heard + such a remarkable woman,” Simmons tweeted.
The Daily Mail posted that fans also got into the mix, with most of them giving it overwhelmingly positive feedback. @Ario97One even went so far as to thank the network for choosing to pursue such a project.
“I have the utmost LOVE, RESPECT & ADMIRATION for this woman @tonibraxton! Thank you @lifetimetv for #ToniBraxtonMovie & #BeyondTheHeadlines.”
And of course where there’s love, there’s hate. User @convo girl was a little disappointed at the movie’s lack of gravitas .
“This biopic is not terrible. I just don’t feel it captures how huge #ToniBraxton was was during the 90’s. #UnbreakMyHeart.”
Overall though, it seems the biopic’s praise was earned, and even served as a catharsis for Braxton.
She recently spoke with InStyle, about how the film allowed her to clarify her life and reconnect with fans.
‘I had to sit in silence about what happened and no one got to hear or see my side.’ she told the publication, in reference to her bankruptcy and family drama at the time.