Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Toni Braxton (pictured) was hospitalized in Atlanta recently due to complications she’s been experiencing from lupus.
According to various national media sources, the 48-year-old “Breathe Again” songstress was subsequently flown to Los Angeles for more extensive treatment after initially seeing a doctor in Atlanta. A spokesperson for Braxton said that she was hospitalized for four days as of this past Monday (October 3rd).
However, TMZ reported that is was unclear whether Braxton checked herself in with the doctor in Atlanta or was rushed to the doctor’s care in an ambulance. On Tuesday (October 4th), The Huffington Post updated a previously published report on Braxton’s well-being, which shared some new information.
A spokesperson for Braxton has confirmed that the singer is currently recovering at her private residence. “She was not in serious condition, though Lupus is a serious disease and must be monitored at all times,” Braxton’s spokesperson told The Huffington Post.
In 2010, Braxton went public with her previously unknown battle with lupus. In that year, she received the Women In Achievement Award from Lupus LA, a charitable foundation in Beverly Hills. Lupus is a fatal autoimmune disease, which causes the body’s immune system to shut down organs and severely damage body tissue.
In 2012, Braxton did an exclusive interview with Huff Post Live talking about her struggle with this deadly disease.
“Some days I can’t balance it all. Pretty much when you have lupus, you feel like you have the flu every day. But some days you get through it,” Braxton said in her Huff Post Live interview.
“But for me, if I’m not feeling well, I tend to tell my kids, ‘Oh, mommy’s just going to relax in bed today.’ I kind of take it easy,” she continued.
It is unclear whether or not Braxton has started the scheduled rehearsals for an upcoming tour that her and her camp have planned for the future.