By Miranda Johnson
Rumor has it that comedian Eddie Murphy and reality star Toni Braxton have been dating for four months. Sources say their relationship is “very serious” and the two “are very into it.” A source claims that “their kids have met and everything.” Still, Braxton’s rep claims they are “just friends and have been fans of each other’s work for a long time.”
Braxton has two kids—9-year-old Denim and 8-year-old Diezel—with estranged husband Keri Lewis, a former member of R&B band Mint Condition. The two never filed for divorce and it is reported that they have no plans of legally ending their marriage anytime soon due to their kids. In a recent interview she was quoted saying “We told the kids, ‘Sometimes mommy and daddy need a little break.’ That’s probably why I haven’t done a straight divorce yet.” Although she’s still legally married, the singer has started dating again as shown on her reality TV show “Braxton Family Values.”
Murphy has five children from a previous marriage to Nicole Mitchell, whom he divorced in 2005. He also has one child from a fling with former Spice Girl Melanie Brown. The fling resulted in a high profile paternity case which determined that Murphy was, in fact, the father of the child.