Toni Braxton and Diezel

Toni Braxton Follows Prince’s Advice, Goes Independent

Toni Braxton stepped out with her son Diezel to a taping of “The Wendy Williams Show” on Monday. The Grammy-winning singer chatted with the self-proclaimed “Queen of All Media” about returning for a third season of WE tv’s “Braxton Family Values,” her rumored romance with Eddie Murphy (“We’re just friends”), new dance single “I Heart You,” and taking Prince’s advice and releasing her next album Heartstrings & Synagogue Vibes independently.

“I’m listening to Prince,” she told Wendy. “He said, ‘Toni, you should do it yourself. Record companies are great, but the new movement is Internet and put it out all digital and you don’t really need them for that,’ so wish me luck. I’m going out on a limb.”

Toni, who has been named the United Nations ambassador for autism, was also on hand to illuminate the Empire State Building in blue in recognition of World Autism Awareness Month (Toni’s son is autistic).