Soul star Toni Braxton has dismissed rumours her marriage fell apart because of an affair - putting the split down to "stress".
The Unbreak My Heart singer parted ways with her husband of eight years, Keri Lewis, last November (09), but Braxton is adamant the separation was amicable and there wasn't "a third party" involved.
And the star admits the "stress" of working with her musician partner may have contributed to the breakdown of their relationship.
She says, "My heart is still broken - who knew a song about heartbreak would literally be my life? There wasn't a third party involved - nothing like that. If there was, I'd have a whole different personality right now. Maybe it was the working together - the stress - that ended our marriage. But we are great friends still. I'm not happy about the marriage breaking up, but you gotta do what you gotta do - you know when things are dissolving."
Braxton also admits that although she is separated from Lewis, they have not yet made plans to divorce - because she wants to make sure they work out a suitable arrangement for their two young sons.
She adds, "(We) haven't talked about divorce yet. When you have a special-needs child, that changes things. We'll see what happens. I'm not eager for us to get back together again, but... I'm not eager to go any further than separation right now. I think for boys, it's important for a father to be around and Keri is very active in their lives."