NEW YORK — Toni Braxton’s autistic son (pictured) makes his acting debut 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 (pictured right of Braxton). (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 decided he should take a smaller role.
“He was a little disappointed at first, but I think in the end, he’s happy about the turnout,” she said.
Braxton understands the pressure. Although she has had small acting roles and stars in the WE reality TV series, “Braxton Family Values,” which has its season premiere March 14th, she is the main star of “Twist of Faith” – and that makes her nervous.