Singer Toni Braxton says she regrets not having more sex or partying harder when she was younger, as her religious upbringing led her into a more conservative lifestyle during her formative years as a young adult woman.
Braxton, who has just released a new album titled Spell My Name, said acting out when she was now older would be inappropriate.
“I regret not having more sex when I was younger,” she told The Guardian. “I should have drank more. I should have partied more. Smoked more, even.
“I think my religious upbringing stopped me doing a lot of things that I should have done. It’s not a good look at the age I am now. The way it works is you do that stuff in your 20s and 30s and then in your 40s you’ve earned enough to pay for the therapy.”
Braxton also revealed how her family sought God in the 70s, moving from church to church.
“I wouldn’t say I was religious, but I am spiritual. I believe in a greater force. When I was seven, my family became very religious.
“We were Jehovah’s Witnesses; we were Catholic – we tried everything before settling on United Methodist. I asked my mum once what they were searching for and she just replied:
“It was the 70s.” The 70s were a very religious era. I think a lot of people were looking for the right path,” she said.
Braxton also recalled her first encounter with Stevie Wonder, with the visually impaired music legend complimenting her beauty.
“I was starstruck meeting Stevie Wonder. He was touching my face – which is how he “sees” – and telling me how beautiful I was. I was, like: “You could cop a feel right now, Stevie, and I wouldn’t care – you’re Stevie Wonder!” I’m a huge fan. Meeting him was absolutely massive to me.”