Video Review: Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart”

On the driveway, she flips through the mail. Her boyfriend (Tyson Beckford), revs up his motorcycle. She waves him as he drives away. She has long stopped worrying about him. He’s safe. She may not have liked the idea at first.

Still on the driveway, she hears tires screech and a bang. Meanwhile, it’s shown that her boyfriend was involved in an accident and he was thrown from the motorcycle, over the person’s car and onto the ground. She runs toward the sound and races towards him. She lifts his head up but his limp body does nothing. She wails.

Dressed in a black robe, she remains inside the house, too inconsolable to leave. She remembers how he used to do yoga in their backyard. He also used to give her little kisses on her face and hold her. In the hallway, she thinks of how much he used to love to swim. Now, she has no reason to open the pool again. They used to spend hours outside together. She can still see walk through the halls in his favorite outfit.

He worked out. He had muscles galore. She used to like shave him every once in a while. He would joke but he would always smile at her. Their favorite game was Twister. She would always let him win. He would like to play drums, too. She would sneak in and ask if she could play. She was terrible and he would try to show her. Now, the drums sit there, silent.

In the shower, she lets the water run and thinks of the times they made love in there. She cries against the wall. The memories are too painful to bear. She sits in the house and stares at the photographs of him.

Her grief allowed her to write a song. She made a demo and eventually, it became a hit song. With each note, the memories flood back. As she audience claps, in every city, she thinks of the encouragement he gave her. No matter how pretty the dresses, like the iconic jersey cutout Tom Ford dress for Gucci, nothing will ever replace him.


Rating: 3/5

Braxton’s obvious expressions and overacting turn the music video into high drama really quickly. Perhaps it was Braxton’s angry brother in the car who hit him and her boyfriend owed him money! Braxton questions her brother and to be continued…on Un-Break My Heart.

    Director: Billie Woodruff  Year: 1996


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