Belfast Telegraph

Murphy, Braxton claims cleared up

Eddie Murphy and Toni Braxton are not dating, according to the singer's spokesperson.

Toni's rep has insisted that there is no romance between the comic star and the 44-year-old, which is rumoured to have begun four months ago.

"Toni and Eddie are just friends and have been fans of each other's work for a long time," they told Us Weekly.

A source previously told the magazine: "They are seeing each other and very into it. Their kids have met and everything. It's getting very serious."

Speculation about the pair was sparked after 50-year-old Eddie - who has eight children from previous relationships - cheered on the mother-of-two backstage at her February 19 concert in Los Angeles.

Since his divorce from first wife Nicole Mitchell in 2006, the Shrek actor has dated former Spice Girl Melanie Brown and exchanged vows with Tracey Edmonds in a "symbolic" ceremony that was never made official.

Toni, who has been diagnosed with health problems and has an autistic son, announced her split from Mint Condition singer Keri Lewis in 2009, whom she married in 2001.

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