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Oklahoman Published: February 14, 2013
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Braxton's autistic son stars with her in new movie

— Toni Braxton's autistic son made his acting debut Saturday in her new Lifetime movie, “Twist of Faith,” and could have had a bigger role, but the singer didn't want to put too much pressure on him.

“He was supposed to play my son initially, but by the time we worked out the shooting schedule, school had started,” Braxton said of 9-year-old Diezel. (She also has an 11-year-old named Denim.)

“Even though he's considered high-functioning right now, he wasn't in the past, and that's why I thought him carrying the movie and trying to do the movie and tutoring would have been too much for him,” the 45-year-old singer said.

Braxton understands the pressure. Although she has had small acting roles and stars in the WE reality TV series, “Braxton Family Values,” which makes its season premiere March 14, she is the main star of “Twist of Faith” — and said that made her nervous.

Braxton is better known for her Grammy-winning, multiplatinum singing career, which has netted classics like “Un-break My Heart” and “Breathe Again.” She said she's working on an album with longtime collaborator Babyface called “Love, Marriage, Divorce.”

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